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.