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July 12th, 2013, 04:22 PM
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Finn's left eye has been really goopy/crusty/wet since he was born. My midwife said its just a clogged duct and it will clear up on its own. She said I could help it by massaging alongside his nose on the inside corner of the eye with a warm washcloth, and expressing a drop of breast milk into his eye would help too. I've been doing all that, but its not clearing up, and now I'm wondering if it might be infected? It was a little red on the outside corner this morning and I thought it was just from wiping the crusties away, but now the inside corner is red as well, and looks a bit swollen. He's been super fussy today, much more so than usual. I really don't want to take him to the pediatrician if I don't have to, because I'm sure they'll just prescribe antibiotics or something, and I'd like to avoid that if it's not absolutely necessary... I've never dealt with this with my daughter, so this is a new one for me...

Here is a picture...the redness is a bit worse than the picture makes it look. (sorry its so huge)

What do you think? What should I do?

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July 12th, 2013, 05:25 PM
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Tristan has had the same problem since birth and I have been doing the same as you and it hasn't cleared up yet. His isn't red yet but he has an appt with the pediatrician Monday morning and I will let you know what his ped says.
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July 13th, 2013, 01:53 AM
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Gracelyn had a clogged tear duct for a few days. I did the wiping and it cleared up on its own. A friend of mine had to have surgery for her daughter to fix hers so if you're concerned definitely call the pediatrician. Can't ever be too safe when it comes to your baby
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July 13th, 2013, 07:13 AM
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It can take a while to go away if it is a clogged duct. Abri had one for about 11 months. Her pediatrician said they don't do much until it's been a year. Both of mine were blocked as a child, and I had them surgically opened at 18 months
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July 13th, 2013, 08:01 AM
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my oldest had a clogged tear duct. she always had stuff coming out of her eye. eventually at around a year and a half she had to have a procedure where they put some kind of tube in it to open it up. I think hers was an extreme case, though, where they didn't see it ever opening on its own.
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July 13th, 2013, 08:15 AM
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My little brother had to have surgery on his tear duct when he was a baby, and my mum told me it was horrible and only to do it as an absolute last resort. My midwife said that some babies just have small tear ducts that get clogged easily, but usually it resolves itself by the time they're a year old. After that, they discuss surgery. I agree with my mum, I'd only do it as a last resort. I'm wary about unnecessary antibiotics, let alone surgery. I'm just going to keep up with the massaging and the breast milk and hope that it helps.

Mostly I was just concerned about the possibility of infection, because of the redness. But it looks much better this morning, I think that he was just having a fussy day yesterday, and all the crying irritated it.

Thanks for your input ladies! It's so nice to have such a large group to turn to with questions. Anytime anyone comes up with a baby issue that they don't know what to do about, chances are one of the other mom's here has already dealt with it and has advice. I love that we have that!
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July 13th, 2013, 08:16 AM
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Evan's right eye is still like this. We've been doing the massaging, etc. I asked our doctor last week and he said they usually won't really do anything about it until about 6 months or so, and not to worry about it at this time.

Edit: We cross-posted.
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July 13th, 2013, 09:57 AM
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Both of Henry's eyes are gunky and inflamed, too, and my midwife far us the same advice.
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July 13th, 2013, 02:43 PM
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Yep Jarek too. All my kids have had it. It will clear up
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