baby has teary/sleepies in eye, does this require a dr. visit?


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Liz - posted on 01/22/2009




Yep we went to the doctor for it. Its called sticky eyes and yeah it is a blocked tear duct. If the sleep is a funny colour other than a normal yellow you need to go to the doctors but otherwise just get a bit of cotton wool with some cooled boiled water and wipe the eye once from the inside to the outside after a feed when the baby is settled. Don't reuse the same bit on the other eye though in case theres an infection you don't want it to spread.

Something else that worked for us was lightly massaging the tear duct with a cotton tip which seems to have cleared up Mahni's eyes already.

Hope thats helpful

Katie - posted on 01/21/2009




i was actually going to ask this same question. im glad im not the only one concerned about it. my little girl is just over a month and her eyes have gotten worse over time. im glad everyone is so willing to give advice!

Monica - posted on 01/20/2009




My Son actually had the same problem...However what I do is before he goes to sleep wipe with a warm wash cloth and get a cue tip and some vaseline. Take the tip of the cuetip and put some vaseline on it and wipe in your babies eyse WHILE ITS CLOSED (Not alot though) Take the cue tip and go from like where his/her eyes is close to the outter part... It worked for my son...

Christie - posted on 01/20/2009




My son had the same thing for about a week after her was born. The Drs said it was just a clogged tear duct and to just keep cleaning it with a warm cloth and it would clear up on its own

Valerie - posted on 01/20/2009




My daughter had the same problem when she was about a week old.  I tried putting breastmilk in her eyes to see if it was an infection (if it was an infection the breastmilk is a natural antibiotic) but it didn't clear up.  Turned out it was clogged ducts so not a big deal.  I would see the doctor just in case!

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My daughter had that too.  I called the dr and described it to her and she prescribed an antibiotic over the phone.  It cleared it right up.

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Sometimes this does happen and all you have to do is take a warm cloth and wipe the eyes clean. If the eyes look really red or this continues for more than a few days then I would take him in. But then trust me never feel like its something stupid to take your kid to the doctor becasue you never know. My son is almost 5 weeks and I have taken him a few time and it finally took the last time for me to find out he had colic. So if it worries you too much it is always better to be safe than sorry.

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