What can i do for a blocked tear duct?

Rania Athanasiou - posted on 06/10/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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Hi! My 3 mnth old has a blocked tear duct that oozes gunk 24/7. The paed has given me drops which have not helped at all (I've been using them for ages!)

Does this eventually get better? Any ideas?

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Karen - posted on 06/11/2009

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Ronan had a blocked tear duct since the day we brought him home. I read about it and knew what was wrong but took him to a public health nurse to make sure it wasn't something worse. She confirmed it was a blocked tear duct because his eye wasn't red on the whites but, more importantly, she showed me how to massage it. You massage BELOW the inside corner of the eye, not the corner itself. I'm happy to say she showed me this two days ago and by the following day, the eye had cleared up. Yay, no more yellow gunk! It's still a little red on the eyelid from so much wiping but looks so much better!

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Jennifer - posted on 06/12/2009

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I agree with what everyone is saying. My son had a blocked duct till he was 4 months old. Ped told us to use a warm wash rag and massage the duct several times a day and said if it doesnt clear up by time he was 6 months that she would refer us to a ped. eye doc who would prob do surgery to open the duct. Most times it resolves itself. Just looks bad to see the gunk all the time.

Traci - posted on 06/11/2009

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My son did that for awhile, but my ped didn't give me medicine for it. She just told me to massage the inside of his eye with clean hands every now and then. It cleared up within a month.

Nadia - posted on 06/11/2009

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Express a little breast milk and drop it into her eye . . . you'll be amazed!!!

Good luck!

Brittany - posted on 06/11/2009

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When my daughter was born one eye didn't cry and the other cried but had gunk constantly. She could close her eyes for 5 minutes and they'd be full of gunk. Then, this last week it just stopped and the one that didn't cry now cries a little. At her one week old appointment the ped mentioned blocked tear ducts and just said it should work itself out. After a month I was getting really worried and now it's fine.

Natalie - posted on 06/11/2009

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our daughter was born with this, we massaged just between her eye and nose and also bathed it in breast milk, cleared up within a week

good luck

Sara - posted on 06/11/2009

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Warm compress with massage of the duct. It's very common for this to happen, it should resolve before she's a year old. Good Luck!

Amber - posted on 06/10/2009

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My son had a blocked tear duct as well...basically the ped told us to just let it be bc it will clear up on his own. If it bothers us, or is in the way of his vision field, just wash off the gunk with a warm washcloth.

Renee - posted on 06/10/2009

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I had that with my daughter, it lasted for a long time, but eventually, it cleared up on its own.

Tracia - posted on 06/10/2009

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Hi, my 6 year old had the same thing when she was born. I was given the same advice, warm compress, milk the sides by rubbing. However, the first year she got pink eye three times, so when she was 13 months old she did have the surgery to open her tear ducts. Surgery went fine, in fact painless for the child (they put her under), more traumatic for the parents! Good luck.

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hi. my daughter had this too. it was non stop gunk.. all i did was make sure i cleaned them often with warm water and cotton wool.. i was told to massage under her eye but as you can imagine this was near to impossible.. eventually it sorted itself out.. so just keep them clean hun x

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