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do babies get eye boogers too when they wake up several times day and night? is this normal?

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Dr. Andrew Dahl
Ophthalmology 55 years experience
Yes: A small amount of mucus in the corner of the eyes is normal, as is drying of this mucus on the eyelashes. If there is light sensitivity or dischage or eye redness, have the baby checked.R.
Dr. Susumu Inoue
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 54 years experience
They do, but,: I assume that you mean crusted or thick discharge from the eyes. Babies do have them, but there are different causes. Eye infection is one, blocking of tear duct is another, and allergy may be another cause. There are rarer causes, but the above three are most common. If the eye discharge has been going on for several days, i would recommend the baby to be seen by a doctor.
Dr. Andrea Kossler
Ophthalmology 15 years experience
See eye doctor: A blocked tear duct occurs in up to 50% of newborns. This typically presents with crusting and tearing of one or both eyes after age 6-8 weeks. You can treat this with warm compresses and massaging the inner corner of the eyelid, near the nose. There are many other causes of eye discharge including infection, allergy, or eye irritation. If it persists see your eye doctor.

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