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5 month old with a swollen eye?

My son got a swollen eye yesterday morning. He woke up with it, no pain just redness. What could this be?

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SabrenaLeigh

Asked by SabrenaLeigh at 10:19 AM on Feb. 20, 2011 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • could just be a clogged tear duct, use a warm wash cloth on that eye and watch for redness, puss, pain
    how_reb

    Answer by how_reb at 10:43 AM on Feb. 20, 2011

  • No one can really tell you over the internet. It can be allergies, pink eye or anything else. Your baby is very young and the only thing that I would recommend is taking her baby to the ER or call the pediatricians office and speak to an after hours nurse or doctor.
    KayGia0704

    Answer by KayGia0704 at 10:44 AM on Feb. 20, 2011

  • It might be a blocked tear duct. If he wakes up with a swollen eyelid and a little 'goo' in the corner of his eye or on the eye lashes, then you can take a warm, slightly damp cotton ball (a separate one for each eye if it's both eyes) and gently wipe from inside to outside (away from tear duct). If it's just a little swollen but no goo, then using a warm, damp washcloth as a compress might help. It's possible something is in his eye or it's due to allergies or infection too though. Call or go to the doctor if it keeps happening or gets red, because they will know what questions to ask to narrow down the possibilities.
    pam19

    Answer by pam19 at 10:56 AM on Feb. 20, 2011

  • My baby gets that once in awhile too. If he sleeps on his face wrong then he sometimes gets that too. It usually goes away on its own after a few hours. If it is draining at all then talk to your DR.
    wood1980

    Answer by wood1980 at 3:51 PM on Feb. 20, 2011

  • dust or a day after pink eye thats what happens or right before they get pink eye watch for pink eye
    rave88

    Answer by rave88 at 4:45 PM on Feb. 20, 2011

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