DS #1- Ares Christopher
DS #2- Taj Lee
DD #1 Alba Gray
Baby #4- coming in May
a4smith:Ok I might be losing my mind but I think I remember reading that you can dab some of your breastmilk (if you are bf-ing) on it...
i think this would make me feel better than putting some cream or something on it... google here i come! thanksss
One of my babies has this problem and it's a blocked tear duct - we had to get eye drops from the pediatrician.
Hollysmoffett:What color is the goop. We just went through this with Asher. He had clogged tear ducts and then he had an allergic reaction to the cats. The goop is normal and can treat it by wiping it away with a warm cloth and massaging the inside of the eye. But if its green its gotten infected and you'll need to take him to see his pedi. Asher was put on Erithrmycin gel for his eyes. It took a week to clear up.
its not green.. its a yellowy color. started last night im guessing. thanks so much! im gonna do the massaging and hope it clears up
ale84:Yes, sounds like a clogged tear duct. This is very common in newborns; usually caused by the meds they put in their eyes right after birth. Gently wipe with a warm wet cloth, start closest to the nose and wipe outward. Use a clean cloth each time you need to clean it. You can also use drops called artificial tears. This helps flush out the gunk so you can wipe it away.
Ok, I just called my dad to make sure (an eye doctor with a pediatric specialty) but the prophylactic ointment they are given at birth does not cause clogged ducts. He said that more than half of all newborns are simply born with clogged ducts.
My almost 3 month old is still suffering from it. We do massage with every feeding, and a clean warm wet washcloth. He also said not to use artificial tears on a newborn. Since the water can't drain it has become stagnant and has become infected. It can take up to a year for the tear ducts to open. If it hasn't happened by a year then they will manually open them with a probe.
Some pediatricians and pediatric ophthalmologists will culture the discharge just to make sure it isn't serious, but most will tell you to massage.