Eye infection?

Stephanie - posted on 08/01/2009 ( 15 moms have responded )

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My 5 day old sons left eye has became coated with sleep after he naps. It happens every nap. It's also been very watery. He has a doctors apt. for Weds and I plan on asking about it, I was just wondering if any other moms had this problem with their babies? And if there was anything I could do to help relieve it until he goes to the doctor.

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Lauren - posted on 08/04/2009

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Yes both of my kids got it its normal, their tear duct gets clogged but they grow out of it and if they dont by age 2 or so they will do surgery but that is nothing to worry about there ducts just get clogged.

Cyndz - posted on 08/04/2009

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yes it is normal its a process of cleansing the tearducks of our babies. what i did was i drop a little breastmilk to my baby's eyes. breastmilk is really a miracle fluid.we, moms have that all. God is Great.. well still ask the doctors advice. goodluck

Natalie - posted on 08/04/2009

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I have been told by the health centre nurse to use breast milk for everything, even eye infections and also nappy rash as it contains antibodies that can also treat topical infections.

Melissa - posted on 08/03/2009

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my baby is 4 months old and a month ago she had the samething. i waited to take to the doctor cause she was going in to days and turns out she had pink eye. the doc gave me a script to get her a cream for her eye. i had to give it to her 3 times a day for 5 days, within the first day it started to go away.

Sara - posted on 08/03/2009

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It's common for some babies lacrimal systems not to be fully developed yet, so his eye is not draining properly. It's not an infection unless there is copious amounts of goo or if his eye is swollen or crusted shut. They don't worry about it drainage unless it continues past 1 year of age. Go ahead and talk to your doctor about it, but I wouldn't be worried. Just wipe it clean as much as you can.

Jenny - posted on 08/02/2009

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Hey there, this just happened with our 2 month old, we looked it up on the internet and deemed it to be sticky eye but we were going to double check with the Dr at his 2 month old appointment this monday, I just used a warm soft washrag and cleaned his eye from the corner out everytime he woke up and every day with his bath I used cooled down boiled water and a cotten ball and massaged the corner of his eye near his nose and it has gone away even before we got to the Dr. it is a clogged tear duct.. Good Luck

Maigan - posted on 08/02/2009

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Yes, my son is now 3 mons. old and his left eye has become coated with sleep after every time he goes to sleep. And about 2 weeks ago the doctor put him on eye drops twice a day and it still is not cleared up and we go for a drs. appt tomorrow so we will see what he has to say about it.

Tamara - posted on 08/02/2009

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My son had it from birth. It is a blocked tear duct. There is a special antibiotic eye-drop that you get from the doctor for it. Massage the inner part. The skin by the nose (duct) with your finger. He gets it every so often now. He is 7 months. It will clear up.

Tamara - posted on 08/02/2009

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My son had it from birth. It is a blocked tear duct. There is a special antibiotic eye-drop that you get from the doctor for it. Massage the inner part. The skin by the nose (duct) with your finger. He gets it every so often now. He is 7 months. It will clear up.

Brandie - posted on 08/01/2009

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I had this prob with both of my girls when they were just a few weeks old. In fact, my baby that is now 5wks just had this prob for like a day 3 wks ago. All you need to do really is massage the inner corner of the eye. The massaging helps open up the duct. My doc told me to do this when I had my first baby. It totally works. I just did it each time I breastfed her and by the next day it had gone away. Hopefully that's all it is and not a real infection. Newborns usually get the clogged duct like that.

Kerry - posted on 08/01/2009

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my little girl suffered with that, i got told to boil the kettle an put some in a bowl let it cool right down to luke warm, then get a cotton wool ball dip in the water an wipe from the outer eye inwards, it cleared up within a few days

Michelle - posted on 08/01/2009

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I agree with the breastmilk in the eye. I know it sounds strange but it does work. Also use a rag with warm water on it and gently wipe the eye. Good luck getting it cleaned up. It may not be an eye infection but a small tear duct.

Elizabeth - posted on 08/01/2009

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I did not have that with my child, but in my breastfeeding classes I have been in if you are breastfeeding you can use your breastmilk put very little in eye that should clean it up.

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