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Eye problem

My 3 month old has a watery eye, with a little bit of white/yellow stuff in the corners. Is this just from a cold, something that will go away on it own, or should I call the Dr.

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expectoct

Asked by expectoct at 12:13 PM on Dec. 23, 2008 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • call the doc. it is very easy for little ones to get an eye infection from rubbing their eyes with all the stuff that they touch. It does not sound bad, but you are going to want to get it gone before it gets worse and spreads to the other eye.
    vbongard

    Answer by vbongard at 12:23 PM on Dec. 23, 2008

  • you should wait a few days and if it keeps it up take him to the doctor..
    iansmommy2258

    Answer by iansmommy2258 at 12:28 PM on Dec. 23, 2008

  • At that age, I would guess that it's a blocked tear duct. A few times a day, wet a cotton ball with warm water (squeeze it out a little), then rest it on the eye for about a minute. Then gently wipe it from the outside toward the bridge on his/her nose a few times. It should clear up in a few days, but if not, call the doctor.
    amy_k_in_pa

    Answer by amy_k_in_pa at 12:33 PM on Dec. 23, 2008

  • it could be anything from blocked tear duct to begining of pink eye... call the doc!
    vakatia

    Answer by vakatia at 1:32 PM on Dec. 23, 2008

  • It's likely a clogged tear duct. They usually go away on their own within the first year, though you can massage it to help it heal faster. We had to do this with my son, who would wake up with his eye crusted shut and eye goo all over his cheek. Put your pinky to the center of baby's nose and push down towards their tear duct. You have to be firm (unfortunately, the way to know you're doing it right is if it makes baby fuss!), but eventually it should clear it up. Sometimes you will actually see goo coming out.

    Clogged ducts are not anything serious, they're just not very pleasant. If Baby has a doctor's appointment soon, mention it to the doc (if doc doesn't notice when s/he walks in the room, as mine did). If you don't think it's a clogged duct (do a google search for more descriptions), call the doc and ask what you should do. Good luck!
    KatieCrandall

    Answer by KatieCrandall at 2:09 PM on Dec. 23, 2008

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