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Doctor insights on: Blocked Tear Ducts In Babies

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Duct (Definition)

Is a channel leading from a gland or an organ, for example lactiferous duct leads from mammary gland to ...Read more


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Is it ok to use Neosporin on a blocked milk duct and them pump the mil and give to baby?

Is it ok to use Neosporin on a blocked milk duct and them pump the mil and give to baby?

NEOSPORIN: NOT A GREAT IDEA TO USE NEOSPORIN ON A BLOCKED MILK DUCT AND THEN PUMP THE MILK AND GIVE IT TO THE BABY! NO, NO, NO . . . ...Read more

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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?

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?

I don't see a proble: I am not sure if that's a problem if everything else is normal. As long as his eyesight is ok and his eye structures are functioning well, he may be fine. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Appt time: The baby can have bacterial conjunctivitis, to nasolacrimal obstruction, viral infection--he/she really needs to be seen. As far as lymph nodes the one near the ear is located inferior to the ear not behind it. ...Read more

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How long do gunky eyes/clogged tear ducts last on an infant? Mine is 7 weeks.

How long do gunky eyes/clogged tear ducts last on an infant? Mine is 7 weeks.

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 more

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Can the baby's biting cause my milk duct to clog?

Can the baby's biting cause my milk duct to clog?

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 more

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How do I alleviate the unpleasant sensation from blocked tear ducts?

How do I alleviate the unpleasant sensation from blocked tear ducts?

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

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How do I know if I have blocked/clogged tear ducts?

How do I know if I have blocked/clogged tear ducts?

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

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Can having blocked tear ducts make contacts more uncomfortable?

No: Blocking the tear drainage ducts is one way to make the eyes wetter and make the contacts more comfortable. ...Read more

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Describe the features of a blocked tear duct.?

Describe the features of a blocked tear duct.?

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 more

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