Tear­ing up

Mother & Baby (Australia) - - Real Advice -

Q MY ONE-YEAR-OLD HAS RED, WEEPING EYES. SHE HAS BEEN TREATED FOR CON­JUNC­TIVI­TIS, BUT IT KEEPS COM­ING BACK. HELP!

A GP DR LINDA CALABRESI SAYS: Re­cur­rent red, wa­tery, sticky eyes aren’t un­com­mon in ba­bies and in­fants. As­sum­ing any in­fec­tion has been treated, it can help to bathe the eyes with clean, warm wa­ter. Wipe from the nose side out, us­ing a new cot­ton­wool ball or pad for each wipe. As many as one in 20 chil­dren are born with a blocked tear duct (the duct that drains the tears from the eye to the back of the nose), which leads to tear over­flow and in­creased chance of in­fec­tion. Daily mas­sag­ing of the tear sac will also help. Sim­ply ap­ply pres­sure with your fin­ger to the side of the baby’s nose just un­der the in­ner corner of the af­fected eye, and roll the fin­ger against the bony ridge. In more than 90 per cent of cases, the prob­lem fixes it­self by 12 months. If the prob­lem per­sists, see your doc­tor, as your daugh­ter may need a small op­er­a­tion to un­block the tear duct.

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