How do I treat a blocked tear duct?

Annie - posted on 04/08/2010 ( 10 moms have responded )

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Claire has goop in her right eye when she wakes up. We treated it with erythromycin twice and realized it's a blocked duct. I heard chamomile tea works. Is there another recommended treatment?

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Courtney - posted on 04/08/2010

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I just took my 3.5 week old girl to the doctor for this. The doctor told me to massage the tear duct for a few seconds or until it starts making tears. do this a couple times a day and that will flush out whatever is clogging the duct.

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Teresa - posted on 04/08/2010

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breastmilk if you have it. Has naturall antibiotics and is safe and inexpensive. Also clean the eye with a warm clean cloth.

Andrea - posted on 04/08/2010

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My son's opthamologist said to massage the duct at each feeding and it worked in a few days. My friend's daughter on the other hand needed surgery to open hers up as hers didn't clear up after a year.

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My daughter is 7 months now and had a blocked tear duct when she was under a month. We tried drops thinking it was an infection and it did nothing...then we tried massage and it was gone in a couple of days. Don't put anything in their eyes unless you get permission from a doctor...one I heard was to put breast milk in their eye...I didn't but um...gross...

Shannon - posted on 04/08/2010

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mostly it clears up on its own by approx 1 yr of age. Once in a while a procedure will need to be done if it doesn't clear by then. Massage should only be done under the direction of the doctor!! If there is any sign of infection such as yellowish/greenish discharge, redness or swelling contact the doctor because antibiotics may be needed. Wash your hands before and after any contact with baby's eye. Cotton balls dipped in warm water can be used to keep it clean...clean from inside (bridge of nose) out. If eyelashes are crusty use cotton ball dipped in warm water with a downward motion...from base of lash down! Hope this helps and good luck!

Kathy - posted on 04/08/2010

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doctors will tell you to leave it and clean with cool boiled water - it took my nephews nearly one year until his completely cleared - his mammy tried all drops.

Rebecca - posted on 04/08/2010

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Polysporine drops work as well. Both of my kids had blocked ducts due to allergies and we used the drops. My daughter had to grow out of it on her own though. The drops worked for a bit and then stopped. She was about 5 months when she grew out of the allergy and her duct was fine after.

Kayle - posted on 04/08/2010

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When my son had that all we did was massaged the tear duct during feeds and it cleared up within a day. =)

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