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my 8 day old baby has whitish discharge coming out his left eye. what can i do to remedy it? when he was born the same eye was constantly watery the doctor said it was a blocked tear duct and to use cotton wool and saline solution to wipe the eye.

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Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Continue: Sometimes if you roll the tip of a finger over the nose at the inner corner of the eye it will help push out debris. Roll from nose down & out toward the ear.This can also loosen debris caught in the tear duct & flush it. If this persists past 6 mo sometimes an eye doc will need to probe the duct to push it open.
Answered on Jun 18, 2019
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