Eye Gook???

Lonea - posted on 08/19/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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Hey Moms,

So I've been noticing this nasty gooky stuff in my baby's eye. I thought it was sleep but then i realized that it was constantly there even after i washed her face. The doctor said it's normal but Im just wondering if anyone else experienced this and how long before it went away??

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Kelly - posted on 08/19/2009

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i had it happen with 2 of my children. with the first one that got it, the doc told me the same thing, nothing to worry about. I just kept it washed out by keeping a wet wash cloth handy at all times. When my second child started having the same thing happen i took her to a different doctor. I was then told that it was the cause of a clogged tear duct. its nothing serious or anything like that but i was given a medication to help it. so just keep it washed out but if it continues maybe take her to a diff doc and get another opinion.

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Ginger - posted on 08/25/2009

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my second child had this we tried everything with her.. she had it really bad in 1 eye and slightly in her other.. rubbing the inside corner of the eye and washing it with warm water cleared the one up( lesser of the 2).. the other eye was always stuck together when she woke up and it gooped bad all day long, her eye lids on that eye were always red and irritated and it actually needed to be opened by the dr.. she had to be put sleep and the tear duct got stretched open with a little probe( the whole thing took 20 min) she was 14 months when she got that done.. now it gets clogged anytime she gets a runny nose but all I have to do is rub abd was her eye and its gone in no time.. she is now 2 1/2.. the specialist told me that the rubbing and washing should be enough to clear it up and its normally gone before they are 1 year old..

Kathryn - posted on 08/25/2009

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my little one has had this a couple of times i was told it was due to there tear ducts being very tiny that they get blocked up easily! i wouldnt worry just wash it out with damp cotton wool.

Donna - posted on 08/25/2009

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My son had this quite bad for the first 4 months or so really gunky and his eye was red quite a lot. I tried breast milk too but it didn't work for me. I found warm (previously boiled) water and cotton wool worked best. Everyone I spoke to said it was 'normal'. Eventually the doctor took a swab and there was a bit of infection but weirdly enough nothing needed to be done as it cleared up a couple of days later and never came back!

User - posted on 08/25/2009

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I had this problem with my son when he was a newborn. My friends mum is a nurse and she said to put a drop of breast milk into each eye. I know its weird sounding but it worked after doing this after a few days. If your not breastfeeding just keep wiping each eye individually with a cotton ball and warm water.

Kia - posted on 08/24/2009

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I experienced this when my son was born also and I have seen this in the babies that I take care of. My son had it for a longer period of time than I had seen, but it did go away. It is usually cause by a blocked tear duct from birth. If you massage the inner part her eye right next to her nasal bridge for a few minutes every time you feed. It will go away. This will help unblock the duct. It may seem like a while, but it will go away. My son had it for about two months.

Carin - posted on 08/23/2009

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yea my son had that, he still gets that when his nose gets stuffy. i brought him in cuz i thought had had pink eye, his doc told me they sometimes get a cold in their eye, and since the nasal cavity and mouth and tearducts are all connected, formula, snot etc can all come out their eyes as easily as their noses and mouths, all you can do is just wipe from the inside end of their eye out with a differant part of the washcloth for each eye. if she starts acting funny or starts running a temp or diahrea, call the doctor.
if it's only one of her eyes, it's not an infection unless it spreads to the other eye by the next day

Kylie - posted on 08/22/2009

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most babies and children get conjunctivitis its an infection of the eye/s it is treatable with eye drops from your doctor it can last for up to a week if untreated it could last alot longer, or it could be a blocked tear duct my son had conjunctivitis when he was about 3 mths old and i just washed his eyes a couple times a day with warm salty water and they cleared up good, hope this helps

Ashley - posted on 08/21/2009

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My nephew had this problem and the Dr. said that it was a blocked tear duct. He said that if the gook didn't clear up within a couple weeks or so (after a month of it having gone at home already) that they would have to go in a unclog it. But they lucked out and soon it went away without the Dr.'s help!!!

Erin - posted on 08/19/2009

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My eldest had it as well. Our doctor said it was a clogged tear duct and recommended gently rubbing the nose right by the affected eye (I had to do both off and on). This will bring more gook out, but should also help in opening up the tear duct. As long as it isn't upsetting your baby, I'd just watch it as it gets close to his/her (?) 1st birthday. Most clogged tear ducts have opened up by then.

Jackie - posted on 08/19/2009

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Yes I my little one had this problem. It ended up so bad that when she woke up, she couldn't open her eyes so she would cry and it wouldn't have anywhere to go so she'd cry more. I rushed her to the Dr and they said it was a blocked tear duct and she could experience this on and off till 9 months old. They gave my medicated ointment and it cleared right up and haven't had any problems since...

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