Plugged Tear Duct

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My almost 3 mo. old has been battling a plugged tear duct since birth. I massage and rub, but doesn't seem to take it away for good. Any suggestions to get rid of this?

Thanks!

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Honey - posted on 02/04/2013

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I m writing this for all the moms out there who are dealing with clogged tearducts. My daughters tear ducts was completely blocked since birth, one of the duct opened up when she was 4 months old spontaneously.the other was opened when she was 22 months old spontaneously aswell.
I did use all kinds of oinmnets, massage techniques , warm compresses everything but the left tear duct took time and finally it opened up on its own. so my advice to all of the moms is just wait and i think its better to wait rather than go for the probing. i consulted soo many doctors some said that after one yr its hard to open on its own. some doctors said that 18 montsh is the time limit. but i waited .
try to keep the baby's eye clean, wash the baby's face with filtered water so that the tap water does not go into her eye. i used normal saline to keep her eyes clean because they are sterile and not harmful. it comes in small 5 ml bottles you can get it online from amazon.com. and cotton balls sterelised too. (CVS has sterelised cotton balls)
when the tear duct is blocked tear do not passes through the duct completely . they pooled in the duct where bacteria grows easily so every day when she wakes up i cleaned her eye , if you just press the area where the duct is the tears or puss comes out , because duct is blocked and they do not drain ,thats why you need to drain or clear it yourself on daily basis or when u see it is necessary some times I did 3-4 times a day or sometime just twice, before going to bed and in the morning.
some doctors said that if you push that fluid that will open the tear duct but my daughter's case was different when ever i tried to push the tears/ puss into the duct her eye became very red so i just did the cleaning thing.most of the time she wakes up with eyes glued shut .wash your hands before touching the baby's eyes.its good to do warm compresses clean her eye first when you see there are tears just compress with warm cotton (cotton dipped in warm water) if you massage downward.towards nostrils , it means you are pushing the fluid/tears into the duct it can open the clogged tear duct because of the pressure. and if you want to clean it you should do the massage in upward direction until all the puss/tears comes out. if white part of the eye is red and there is greenish/yellow discharge it means you need antibiotics go and see a doctor, but if white part of the eye looks fine and healthy just yellow discharge is there, then there is not anay infection its just the tears who are collcted in the bloccked duct and making puss. so try to keep her eye clean. and you can message me if you need any help.

before massaging the tear duct apply very little amount of vaseline on your finger it will help you to massage smoothly without hurting babaies delicate skin. / you can also do like this, wash your hands with warm water until they becomes warm then massage the tear duct with wet hand downward . starting from the corner of the eye pressing the area and move your finger downward toward nostril( you will push the fluid in duct this way and it will help open the duct)

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both of mine had this poblem.and nothing ealy helped but it eventual went away.the dr.s even menioned surgery tg it if it didnt but it did on its own.id just give it some time.also one of the kids did better without the rubbing.

Jennifer - posted on 01/15/2009

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My son had this up to almost 1 year old.  He was also crossed eye on that eye and it took a while to go away.  We did the massage, warm compresss, and I think at some point the pediatrician gave us some ointment though it never got infected.  The pediatrician said he may need surgery if he didn't outgrow it but it would be a very low chance.  Lo and behold, he outgrew it by the time he was a year old.  I did worry for a while there especially at around 9 months cause I thought he would have outgrown it by that age as the pediatrician said but he didn't.  But I just had to be patient.  I even have a picture of him one morning with his eye completely glued shut because of all of the gunk.  Although I worried about it back then, now I look back and laugh. 

Bobbi - posted on 01/15/2009

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My daughter had this and rubbing it didn't help.  My doc suggested Polysporin eye drops.  It cleared it within a week.

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Bobbi - posted on 01/15/2009

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My daughter had this and rubbing it didn't help.  My doc suggested Polysporin eye drops.  It cleared it within a week.

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I work in the for a pediatric ophthalmologist and we see infants/newborn with blocked tear duct(s). Massaging the tear duct and putting warm compress may work but depending on how the tear duct is blocked, a little procedure may be required. You may want to go to a pediatric ophthalmologist and see what he/she may suggest. Being that your child is three months old, you can do a wait and see if it will resolve on its own. If it doesn't by the age of 12 months a procedure may be necessary. I would highly recommend going to a pediatric opthalmolgist to see what he/she may suggest.



I hope this helps!

Michelle - posted on 01/15/2009

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Hey I just came across your post. My now 10 month old had a really bad problem with this up until she was about 4 or 5 months old. I tried everything and couldn't get rid of it, it does eventually subside but some of the things that helped the most for McKennah was warm washcloths, the massage, and eyedrops. It is quite the battle, but like I said, it does eventually subside on its own. I hope this helps a little bit. Have a good night and hope it clears up soon, it is always sad to see your poor baby's eyes all gunked up with junk! Good luck!



Michelle

Abbie - posted on 01/14/2009

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Hi!  I have a very good friend whose son had both tear ducts clogged (one worse than the other, but both bad).  They told  her not to worry about it too much (although she had tried EVERYTHING) to get rid of it.  They were getting ready to fix it w/ surgery & then she tried chiropractic treatment for him.



They were both cleared up after only 1 or 2 adjustments!!!!!  It was practically a miracle!  He's now 18 mos & is perfectly fine! 



Find a really good chiropractor who has experience adjusting infants & give that a try.  That's my advice anyway!



Good luck!

Stephanie - posted on 01/14/2009

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My son had a plugged tear duct when he was born right up until around 4 months, it went away without me doing anything to it.  Some baby's just have that and it doesn't usually last!

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Are you breastfeeding? If so, applied freshly expressed breast milk to the eye. Continue the warm compress with massage. This should help!

Susan - posted on 01/14/2009

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Amber,



My third child suffered with a plugged tear duct from when he was born until about 15 months. He was supposed to have surgery but we found another solution. My friend suggested it to me because he was also dealing with eczema, allergies and asthma. He received results with all of these issues and his tear duct opened up on its own and he avoided surgery. I work from home now and market these products that helped my son. If you want more information just let me know. I love to help people! My e-mail is susanhilger@gmail.com.

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I treated my nephew with this condition. He was scheduled for surgery to cut into the duct which was extreme as there are safer, less invasive methods available. Try this before considering any invasive surgery: 



You can make a nice gentle eye wash with calendula and eyebright herbs. Just place a tablespoon of each herb into a large cup or bowl (not steel or aluminum) and pour about a cup of nearly boiling water into it. Cover and let steep till cool. You can use this as drops or as a wash which works best for the little ones. Deeply soaking a cloth and holding on the affected eye will bring relief and eventually remove the condition if it is a simple blocked duct.



You should of course refer to the advice of your pediatritian and alert them to your treatment so that you can work collaboratively.

User - posted on 01/13/2009

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My husband is a doctor and suggest you take your baby in to get it flushed and cleaned out..a optometrist would be better equiped than your pediatrician. Especially since your massaging hasn't cleared it it is better to be extra cautious.

Tabitha - posted on 01/12/2009

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My son has also had this problem & was in the hospital for 5 days when it get infected. Wash your hand & wash the baby's hands.. Not sure how but he got a staph infection in his left eyes. It was so scarey ~ he was 3 moths when this happened.. He is fine now & this problem seems to have resolved itself. During warm baths I massaged his upper & lower eye lids towards corner to tear duct ~ a lot of stuff would come out.. Now nothing hardly seems to have gone away he is 7 months old with beautiful blue eyes.. thank god...

Mary - posted on 01/12/2009

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My nephew had this and he didn't respond to massaging the duct, either. My sister ended up having the doctor unclog it (they did it with a needle and it was "in and out of the hospital" the same day). Sounds painful but it worked.

Danielle - posted on 01/12/2009

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Quoting Amber:
Hi Amber,  In response to your clogged tear duct question, I had 4 kids that were  prone to this.  This may sound strange but if you are breast feeding,  Squirt alittle of your breast milk into their eye. Then massage and rub it. I know it sound strange but it is steril, and the best help I found for it.  Good Luck! Danielle
Plugged Tear Duct

My almost 3 mo. old has been battling a plugged tear duct since birth. I massage and rub, but doesn't seem to take it away for good. Any suggestions to get rid of this?
Thanks!


 

Mandy - posted on 01/12/2009

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kids sometimes have to grow out of this, it is due to the fact that their tear ducts arent fully developed, give it time, they may take up to about 9 mos of age to go away, keep doing the warm compresses and massaging the corner of the eye,

Julie - posted on 01/12/2009

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My son, who is now four yrs old had a plugged tear duct from birth until his first birthday. We just did the rubbing down towards the nose and then one day it was gone. Hang in there it will go away.

Silvana - posted on 01/12/2009

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i did warm compresses and also used the ointment the pediatrician prescribed i thought it wouldnt go away...seemed liked forever but it did

Nikki - posted on 01/12/2009

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My son had the same thing. But continue massaging, it will eventually go away. Don't worry :)

User - posted on 01/12/2009

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Gently massage the inside of the eye with a clean finger, hold a clean warm wash cloth to it a few times a day. You can also call your pediatritian to see if they will Rx some erythromycyin opthalmic ointment (antibiotic eye ointment) I worked for a large pediatric practice for 4 yrs and the Drs would usually just call it in,. If the problem persists after all the above, she may need a stent put in her tear duct, but this rarely happens...Good luck!

Melissa - posted on 01/12/2009

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For me my now 5 month old son had this same issue when he was about 3 months old.  He had a clogged tear duct for which seemed like a whole month.  Then one day it was gone.  I just kept on massaging and rubbing it througout the day.  I also would put a warm washcloth on his eye 3-4 times a day which seemed to help.  I hope this information is helpful for you and your 3 month old gets the tear duct cleared very soon.

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