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What are some causes of a weepy eye in a newborn(5 days old)?

My newborn son is about 5 days old...I'd noticed about midway through the day his left eye had begun to weep and goop up a bit, reddening around the edges of his eyelids...I'm curious to know if anyone might have a good idea about the cause of said symptoms...it'd be greatly appreciated

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scricket1595

Asked by scricket1595 at 9:10 PM on Oct. 25, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Blocked tear duct, maybe? If that what it is, it often clears up on it own, but be sure to mention it to your pediatrician in case it's something else. We used a soft, damp cotton ball to gently clean the eyelid area, and it eventually went away on it's own.
    pam19

    Answer by pam19 at 9:14 PM on Oct. 25, 2010

  • blocked tear duct. You should clean it with a warm damp cloth and massage the inside corner of the eye several times a day. If it doesn't seem to get better you need to talk to his pediatrician.
    coala

    Answer by coala at 9:19 PM on Oct. 25, 2010

  • yes, clogged duct. Squirt breast milk in it several times a day and wipe with a warm wash cloth.
    ecodani

    Answer by ecodani at 10:36 PM on Oct. 25, 2010

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