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Blocked Tear Ducts In Babies
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8yro boy has never cried tears. Eyes are well lubricated and watery at times but has never cried tears even when a baby. No clogged tear ducts either?
Baby almost 5 mos has goopy left eye I think clogged tear duct but also congested and has lump behind left ear on head. Lymph node? Thoughts?
Blocked tear duct: Blocked tear ducts can persis for many months. I normally recommend controlling the mild secondary infection with intermittant antibiotic eye drops until 4-6 months of age. I refer the small # who persist beyond that time to a pediatric ophthalmologist for probing of the ducts. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Not usually. Clogged milk ducts are usually due to anatomic changes in mom's breast, sharper angles or narrowing of a duct, which is why they tend to recur in the same spot. The baby biting will cause sore nipples or cracks, which can make the breast more susceptible to infection. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Open ducts: You will need an evaluation by your ophthalmologist or an oculoplastic specialist who can determine the site and source of the blockage. Sometimes an in-office simple dilation is all that is needed. It may require treatment of a blocking infection. Sometimes surgery is needed to establish a new opening to drain the tears into the nose. ...Read more
Watery eyes . . .: Check out http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/blocked-tear-duct/basics/definition/con-20033765 & http://www.webmd.com/eye-health/tc/blocked-tear-ducts-topic-overview. Sometimes tear ducts can become inflamed leading to discomfort & swelling. But since tears drain into duct, blocked/clogged ducts lead to watery eyes. ...Read more
No: Blocking the tear drainage ducts is one way to make the eyes wetter and make the contacts more comfortable. ...Read more
Tearing: A blocked tear duct is most commonly seen in children under the age of 12 months. It typically presents with a watery eye, occasionally with some mucus. Treatment involves massaging the region overlying the duct, mechanically or surgically opening the duct, or simply observing whether it will open on its own. In older individuals, it almost always requires surgery, if the symptoms are bothersome. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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