L.F. asks from Oak Park, IL on August 01, 2007
My 1 year old son's left eye has been tearing up the last few days and when he wakes from sleep he has little crusties in the corner as well. At first I thought it was the result of some dust or whatnot stuck in his eye, but I have checked the eye and have found nothing. Also, the eye is not red and the entire eye area is not inflamed and he does not seem to bother with it. Curious if anyone one else has experienced something similar with their children.
T.N. answers from Chicago on August 02, 2007
My newborn baby girl had a similar problem. I took her to the doctor because I was afraid she had an eye infection and he said it was a blocked tear duct, which is very common in children under 1. He said they ususally open up on their own; however, he suggested massaging the tear duct to help to open it. We did this for a few days and the problem went away. I would check with your doctor though before trying this.
A.L. answers from Chicago on August 01, 2007
Now she doesn't get the red/pink eye but she does have watery eyes and occassionally a little gunk in the mornings. It is really bad right now because it is so dry.
She is 4 so I just give her Dimetapp allergy, but since yours is so little you may want to talk to your doctor.
D.K. answers from Chicago on August 02, 2007
My daughter had that and the cause was a blocked tear duct. I had to massage the corner of the eye where the tear duct is located and apply an ointment that her doctor gave us. It did go away.
K.K. answers from Chicago on August 02, 2007
My daughter had the same thing and they said pink eye, a few days of drops and it was gone. Good luck if you do get drops to put in....it was like holding down a lion to get them in!
D.C. answers from Chicago on August 02, 2007
My daughter has a clogged tear duct, and the symtoms are exactly as you describe. The only difference is that she's had hers since birth, and most other people who's babies I know who have had clogged tear ducts have also had them since birth. I suppose it's possible to get them when you get older. We're just supposed to gently massage the tear duct and it's should go away on it's own eventually. You should see the pediatrician about it, though, if it continues, so he can show you how to massage the tear duct if that's what it is. My nephew's tear duct did not clear up on it's own, and he had to have surgery. It was very minor surgery, and he recovered just fine. Hope it clears up soon for your son!