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My 12 week old has a clogged tear duct. We took him to the doctor and was told to massage it. Which we have been but it doesn't seem to be working. Any suggestions?

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Asked by JaymieZ at 10:47 PM on Feb. 5, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • We had the same problem with our little guy. The dr gave us some ointment to put on it everyday which helped. I can't remember the name though........but ask the dr. they should know.

    Answer by TheDiva320 at 10:50 PM on Feb. 5, 2010

  • My first daughter had this too. I was still breastfeeding her at the time and I was told to try rubbing just a little breast milk on the duct and message it. Oddly enough, it worked. I tried the damp warm wash cloth and messaging it, but nothing.

    Answer by things_not_sane at 10:51 PM on Feb. 5, 2010

  • my daughter had the same problem, but he said it could take up to 3 weeks to go away. no ointments. just wipe his/her eye with warm clean washcloths everytime you think of it, and kinda press it in the corner of the eye and rub it gently around for a second. sometimes more stuff comes out when you do that. after a while it'll go away, and they'll be good as new! :)

    Answer by sandypops at 10:56 PM on Feb. 5, 2010

  • A warm compress on her eye helps relieve the inflamation that can be causing the tear duct to clog. Then massage it. Do this a couple times a day.

    Answer by JazzlikeMraz at 11:30 PM on Feb. 5, 2010

  • My dd had this too, I jst cleaned it a million times a day with warm wash cloth and picked the gunk off her lashes and finally one day she just woke up and was fine!! I know its really gross but it goes away and I was told if it didn't by a certain age *cant remember what age* they'd have to probe it.

    Answer by graciepoo143 at 11:51 PM on Feb. 5, 2010

  • A warm cloth over it for a few minutes, keep it clean. My son had one when he was just a few weeks old. The ped office told me if he didn't have a fever or any other symptoms then it should be fine and would go away on its own.

    Answer by Nesa_Z at 10:14 AM on Feb. 6, 2010

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