|My baby’s eyes are really gooey and I am wondering
how much I should be worried?
Eye infection transmitted to the baby during the birth
process used to be a major cause of blindness. For this
reason, most babies are routinely given eye ointment at
the birth, and this has all but eradicated this problem.
However it will leave the baby’s eyes smeary for a
day or two.
If the eyes continue to be sticky after the first few days,
the baby may have blocked tear ducts. This is a common problem
usually accompanied by a pale discharge especially noticeable
when the baby has just woken. You should clean the eyes
regularly with cotton wool and water which ahs been boiled
and cooled. Use each piece of cotton wool once only, and
wipe the eye from the inside corner towards the outside.
Use a fresh piece of cotton wool for each wipe. It is not
uncommon for the stickiness to appear only in one eye. Some
doctors also recommend using a drop of breast milk on the
cotton wool instead of water.
Gently massaging the nose right next to the eye can help
to solve the problem. This should generally clear up on
its own over time, but do keep a close eye on the problem,
and if the discharge seems to be increasing or become discoloured
rather than pale yellow, you should not hesitate to see
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