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Old Aug 9th, 2017, 15:34 PM   1
Aphy
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Blocked tear duct or eye infection?


My 4 week old little boy keeps getting this horrible yellow gunk around his eyes. This started when he was about 5 days old while still in hospital and they said I must just keep wiping it using cotton wool and saline which I have done with no improvement. I have also tried breast milk a few times and eyedrops that my one friend was given by her paediatrician when her newborn had the same thing but these aren't helping either. I don't know what to do anymore. I have an appointment with the paediatrician in 2 weeks time but don't want to leave my little boy suffering for so long. Any suggestions?



 
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Old Aug 9th, 2017, 23:22 PM   2
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Personally I wouldn't use anything given to you by anyone else. Even if it was prescribed by a doctor for the same thing. Eye drops are for single person use and should be thrown out after a month of being open. He may have conjunctivitis so worthwhile trying to see the doctor sooner. hope your lo is OK xxx



 
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Old Aug 10th, 2017, 04:28 AM   3
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Baby #2 had a crusty, gunky eye for at least 3 weeks after birth. I used milk and kept massaging it but it just went away on its own in the end. It wasn't red or swollen and didn't seem to bother her so I just assumed it was a blocked duct.



 
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Old Aug 11th, 2017, 01:33 AM   4
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If the white of the eye isn't red it is almost certainly a blocked duct. My youngest DD had it for around 9 months! Looked awful and crusty but all I could do was clean and massage it till it opened. My son had it from about 2 weeks old to about 6 weeks. It was vile and goopy but luckily the cleaning and massage worked quick for him. It's just something some babies have to deal with I'm afraid.



 
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Old Aug 11th, 2017, 09:43 AM   5
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A nurse told me that breastmilk is most effective if you put it in the eye four times a day for at least three days. It worked to clear up my DS's crusty eye.



 
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Old Aug 11th, 2017, 10:32 AM   6
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I saw the doctor for this when my lo was 2 weeks old and the gp said it's just a blocked duct in this case, it's largely cleared up now. Definitely see them sooner rather than later so you can treat it asap if it an infection , my doctor said a key symptom is the white of their eyes go redish. Agree with the previous poster that it's not a good idea to use other people's medicines.



 
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Old Aug 14th, 2017, 03:54 AM   7
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I stopped using those drops so thank you ladies,I hadn't even considered the implications. Went back to just cleaning with saline when needed and so far it is improving. Only gives off a little mucus from time to time. The White of his eye is definitely not red at all so don't think its infection. Someone mentioned massaging to clear the blocked duct, how did you do that?



 
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Old Aug 14th, 2017, 07:00 AM   8
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I stopped using those drops so thank you ladies,I hadn't even considered the implications. Went back to just cleaning with saline when needed and so far it is improving. Only gives off a little mucus from time to time. The White of his eye is definitely not red at all so don't think its infection. Someone mentioned massaging to clear the blocked duct, how did you do that?
Our gp said to massage the inner corners of the eyes, gently rub in small circles the bridge of the nose area.



 
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Old Aug 14th, 2017, 15:10 PM   9
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DD's blocked tear duct is only just clearing up now at 5 months. It did look gunky at times because it was drying around her eye. I kept cleaning it and massaging the inside of her nose/inner eye corners and it's gradually got better with time. It will still water if it's windy/bright etc where her right one won't but it's not watering all the time any more



 
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Old Aug 15th, 2017, 03:38 AM   10
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Yeah as mentioned above, just small circles at the inner corner of the eye towards the nose. You might even be able to feel a little bump there where it's inflamed.



 
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