A 35-year-old female asked:
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my daughter is 11 weeks old and her left eye is having lots of discharges while the right one has very little tears when she cries. what could this be?

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Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Tear duct plugged: It is common for the tear ducts to occasionally plug in infancy & may trigger enough drainage to need treatment. Most just need frequent cleaning & pressure over the tear sac to clear the mess.A few will need the duct probed by an eye doc if it continues to drain >6m.
Answered on Mar 22, 2013
Dr. C. michael Bowman
45 years experience Pediatrics
Blocked tear duct: Talk to your baby's doctor. It sounds like the tear duct in her left eye might be blocked or that eye or eyelid might be infected. They can tell you what to do about this.
Answered on Jul 28, 2013
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