C.P. asks from Phoenix, AZ on February 24, 2008
Preemie and Tons of Eye Boogers Bad?
by baby is about 2 months old. this past week we have found a ton of eye boogers in his eyes all through out the day. we normally would find some in the corner of his eye in the morning, but recently have found them all in his eyes. ive been wetting a wash cloth to try to get them out but they keep coming back. is this something to worry about?
S.F. answers from Tucson on February 26, 2008
My first son (49 years old now) had the same problem and they told me his eye ducts were clogged. They said to leave him cry a bit to open the ducts. Don't know if that would still be the answer?!
J.S. answers from Santa Fe on February 26, 2008
You may want to take him in to his Ped, he could have a blocked tear duct, which is really common. It's not a big deal if that's the cause, they'll just give you some eye drops, problem solved! Good luck and take care :)
E.T. answers from Phoenix on February 26, 2008
I am not a doctor but get him medical treatment, sounds like and eye infection to me. Not to scare you but if not treated rapidly could cause blindness. It happen to my daughter 6 months old and the Dr. yelled at me for not calling sooner. I am a mother of three and a grandmother of 5. E.
T.V. answers from Phoenix on February 25, 2008
P.G. answers from Tucson on February 27, 2008
Pink Eye is going around! I have had it 3 times this month! Lots of kids have had it as well. You might want to check with your doctor and always make sure you wash your hands and use Oust ot Lysol to spray on all door knobs and handles daily!
D.A. answers from Albuquerque on February 28, 2008
It proabbly means that he has a clogged tearduct my son has the same thing just massage between his eye and nose with a semi warm washcloth that will relieve some of the pressure but i suggest talking to your doctor just to be safe he might out grow it my son had both eyes and one has cleared up but one hasnt
B.B. answers from Phoenix on February 25, 2008
Congrats on your new one. I can't believe you were having contractions that long. But I am so happy that you and your boy are doing well.
I had a premature baby also and I remember when she was around the same age she had the same situation. I was overly concerned about everything, so I called my pediatrician and he just gave us some drops to put in her eyes every few hours. Sure enough it cleared up. I can't remember the cause of it, but it was normal for kids to get it. Call your pediatrician if you are concerned :-)
Good luck to you. I feel like I have been through a lot with my "32 weeker" (daughter) who is almost a yr.now ( I can't believe it!!) So, if you ever have any questions, don't hesitate to ask :-)
K.P. answers from Phoenix on February 26, 2008
C.D. answers from Phoenix on February 26, 2008
I would mention this to the pediatrician. Some babies have tear ducts that haven't opened up to produce the tears that would naturally wash that away. The fix is very simple and they numb the eye with drops. My niece had it done when she had the issue. My understanding is that some babies grow out of it. But either way, I would mention it to the ped. and see what they suggest.
S.S. answers from Phoenix on February 25, 2008
I did not have a preemie, but when my son would have a lot of eye boogers, it was my sign that he had an ear infection. May be worth a call to the doctor.
J.S. answers from Phoenix on February 25, 2008
My son had a clogged eye duct which caused a lot of the eye goop when he was born. The doctor told us to rub just below the duct to open it up. Also to get rid of the goop to squirt breast milk in his eye ( weird, but works). It really loosened it up. I would ask the doctor if it persists because they told me if it didn't go away on it's own we would have to do a surgical procedure. It did go away though after a few months.