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Why do my newborn's eyes tear up and get crusty?

Why do my newborn's eyes tear up and get crusty?

Supportive care: I agree and would like to add that supportive care, warm compresses and gentle massage of the area where the lower eye lid meets the nose will help. If there is a lot of discharge, a topical antibiotic may be needed. Bring this to the attention of your pediatrician during your next appointment. ...Read more

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Neonatal (Definition)

The term neonatal is generally used to describe events that occur with an infant within the first 30 days after birth.Some practitioners are looser with the definition & extend the ...Read more


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Can I use flash to take my newborns photographs? Will it harm the baby's eyes ? He is 3 weeks old

Can I use flash to take my newborns photographs? Will it harm the baby's eyes ? He is 3 weeks old

Send us a photo: Your baby's eyes are a lot like yours. A close up might cause a little pain--put the flash in your face--but won't do lasting damage. ...Read more

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When do newborn's eyes get their permanent color?

When do newborn's eyes get their permanent color?

Eye color: Usually by the age of one the permanent pattern is established. ...Read more

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Can I hold a newborn baby if my pink eye isn't contagious anymore? So, when isn't it contagious anymore?

Can I hold a newborn baby if my pink eye isn't contagious anymore?  So, when isn't it contagious anymore?

When white: When the virus is losing the battle, the eye whitens up and the secretions decrease, then you are not shedding virus. Also you should wash your hands and face thoroughly and wear new clothes. Remember if the parents knew you had pink eye, despite whatever precautions you take, and the child gets it, then who is in the dog house! ...Read more

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The right eye of my newborn baby is too small than left.Doctors proved that.Is there any treatment.

The right eye of my newborn baby is too small than left.Doctors proved that.Is there any treatment.

Depends: Is the actual eye smaller than the other one? Or is the lid drooped giving the appearance of the eye underneath being smaller? The latter is easily corrected. If the eye dimensions are smaller than this requires serious attention by a pediatric ophthalmologist as soon as possible. The vision is likely to be affected. ...Read more

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My newborn has a very watery eye and a lot of gunk commin from tear duct, but no redness or sign of irritation, what should I do?

My newborn has a very watery eye and a lot of gunk commin from tear duct, but no redness or sign of irritation, what should I do?

Massage: Many times just massaging just below the tear duct and using warm comresses and cleaning the area, will relieve the obstruction. However, if it continues, baby should see an opthomoligist. Somtimes they need to open the tear duct. ...Read more

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It seems my newborn has an eye infection and i'm worried its going to get worse, what can I put on it in the meantime so i can take her to the dr?

It seems my newborn has an eye infection and i'm worried its going to get worse,  what can I put on it in the meantime so i can take her to the dr?

No go to doctor: Most eye infection in children are viral. There is no treatment for this. With that said, newborns are more separable to bacterial infection. These are serious and can cause significant eye problems. Other causes of apparent "eye infection" can be up blocked tear duct. Your newborn must be examined promptly. ...Read more

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What at-home techniques relieve epiphora in a newborn baby? My six-week-old has watery eyes all the time, even when she is not crying. Her doctor called this epiphora. Is there anything i can do at home to help this go away? .

What at-home techniques relieve epiphora in a newborn baby? My six-week-old has watery eyes all the time, even when she is not crying. Her doctor called this epiphora. Is there anything i can do at home to help this go away?

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Epiphora : Epiphora (poor tear drainage) in the newborn period is extremely common - 2-4% of all newborns will have it. It is usually due to an obstruction of the tear duct (newborn tear ducts are tiny!) and 95% of all cases get better on their own by the time the child is 1 years old. Two things that can help are for you to gently massage the tear ducts (inner eye corners) periodically and to use a clean wet washcloth to wipe away any occasional crusting from the tear buildup. Other than that, you will just have to wait until your child grows out of it. If your child is in the 5% that do not improve by 1 year, then your child's doctor will recommend an ophthalmologist (eye specialist) who can do a simple procedure to open the ducts. If the eye becomes red, swollen, or develops green drainage, call your child's doctor since it may be infected. ...Read more

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Newborn jaundice bili 20 at its highest 1st wk of birth. All was taken care of and now a month later bili 12 still yellow tears, eyes. Is this normal?

Newborn jaundice bili  20 at its highest 1st wk of birth. All was taken care of and now a month later bili 12 still yellow tears, eyes. Is this normal?

Yes: "jaundice" can hang around at low levels for about a month. As long as baby is gaining weight and eating well, we watch and wait. If it is getting worse or persists another 1-2 weeks then you need to have the baby seen. Usually we just wait and all resolves with no long term problems. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for an infantile cataract in a six-month-old child? After my newborn daughter's right eye began to look cloudy, we learned that she has a unilateral cataract. What would cause this to happen? If she has treatment, will she keep

What is the best treatment for an infantile cataract in a six-month-old child? After my newborn daughter's right eye began to look cloudy, we learned that she has a unilateral cataract. What would cause this to happen? If she has treatment, will she keep

See ophthalmologist.: This is most likely congenital, and possibly may be due to a tumor or some other condition with the eye. It may be observed, further evaluated or surgery. You need to see a pediatric ophthalmologist. ...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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Will a babies yellow eyes ever get better or is there a medication I can buy to fix it?

Will a babies yellow eyes ever get better or is there a medication I can buy to fix it?

Probably: Most babies develop yellowing of the skin and eyes which should resolve spontaneously by two weeks of age. If severe or persistent, it should be evaluated promptly and potentially treated. Medications should generally be avoided as they, more often than not, potentially exacerbate the problem. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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My new born baby eyes release water.. What should I do?

My new born baby eyes release water.. What should I do?

Possible tear block: Obstruction of the tear flow "plumbing" into the nose occurs in about 2-3 % of newborns. This mostly will self correct but can lead to stagnation and occasionally infection in the inner corner of the eye. If this persists, see a pediatric ophthalmologist for techniques to improve this and possible correction if persistent. ...Read more

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My new born baby eyes are sticky .Wt could be the reason?

My new born baby eyes are sticky .Wt could be the reason?

Blocked tear ducts: The most common causes of sticky eyes in newborns are either blocked tear ducts (that drain tears from the eyes to the nose) or conjunctivitis (an infection of the skin lining the inside of the eyelids and the outside of the white of the eye). Blocked tear drains eventually open on their own in most children by 1 year of age, but see an eye doctor to determine the best course of action. ...Read more

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My newborn baby soft spot in head moves up n down like a pulse. is this normal?

My newborn baby soft spot in head moves up n down like a pulse. is this normal?

Yes: A newborn's soft spot can often show slight pulsation. It is nothing to worry about. As long as your baby is otherwise well you can ignore this. ...Read more

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Can terminal meconium give a baby a blackeye and a swollen. head that causes neonatal hyperbilirubinemia?

Can terminal meconium give a baby a blackeye and a swollen. head that causes neonatal hyperbilirubinemia?

No: Terminal meconium is just evidence baby went through a period of stress in labor.Whatever caused the stress might account for some of what you describe. The worst outcome from terminal meconium happens if they inhale the poo into their lungs and get pneumonia. ...Read more

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My2mo baby girl having mild dandruff like white grains on her head. Obg says no chance of having dandruff for newborns. We live in kerala, hot n humid?

My2mo baby girl having mild dandruff like white grains on her head. Obg says no chance of having dandruff for newborns. We live in kerala, hot n humid?

Cradle cap: At this age, the problem you have is called cradle cap. Gentle shampooing every day with baby shampoo, with a little over the counter cortisone cream applied to the area afterwards, should help clear it up. ...Read more