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#1 of 10 Old 11-22-2007, 11:54 AM - Thread Starter
 
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So, I just had a baby boy via UC on 11/20. Everything is going really well, generally. We have a pediatrician who is very naturally minded and supportive of our choices. We've scheduled his first check-up for Monday and she's out of town for the holiday. Otherwise, we'd just go there.

Anyway, yesterday, we noticed extra sleep in Bastian's eye. It's not weeping and it's not when he's awake, but when he sleep, his eyes goop up. The longer he sleeps, the more the goop. When he wakes up, they looks gunky. We rinse them with warm water and put some breastmilk in his eyes. The gunk doesn't seem to bother him, it's not weeping, it's not yellow, it doesn't smell funny (yes, we did some googling) and, like I said, it's only when he sleeps. It worries me a bit, but I don't really want to take him in to see a stranger and have possible issues due to the UC for something that's not a big deal. Obviously, if it is a big deal, we'd bite the bullet.

Just in case any of it matters, he was born in the caul. When his water did break, as he slid out, he gulp in a big breath. His breathing was mucusy for the first day, but we didn't suction or anything. I nursed him more often upright and now his breathing is fine. I wasn't sure if that could be related or not. Oh, also, it was a waterbirth, so we were both in the birth soup that included pretty much all of my body fluids.

So, anyone that has any input or similar experiences, it would be greatly appreciated. I'd really prefer not to take him in before Monday, but obviously we will if it worsens significantly.

Sarah

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Sounds like a blocked tear duct. Thanks so much for the quick responses!

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ODS had that. All his was is blocked tear ducts. The reason it builds up like that when they are sleeping is they are not blinking and it has no where else to go so it builds up on the lash line. They told me just to gently wash it away with a warm cloth and not to pick or force his eyes open..
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Hello! Sounds to me very much like blocked tear ducts. Very common, and if you treat it properly fairly harmless. Here's a link to dr sears' web site's info on it: http://www.askdrsears.com/html/10/t110239.asp

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: You'll be fine waiting for the pediatrician, don't worry and just enjoy your baby. Of course if the eyes start looking irritated, i.e., red, or the gunk turns green, take him in. But blocked tear ducts are relatively common and aren't harmful.
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Thanks so much for the quick replies and the article I didn't realize it was so common. I've never seen or heard of it before. We'll just keep treating it at home and ask about it on Monday if it's still there.

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DD had this, the blocked tear ducts, until she was about 4 months old. They were never red, they just gooped up when she slept, or when she got really upset. We just got into the routine of wiping her eyes out everytime she woke up, and then one day it was gone!

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It could be a blocked tear duct. DS had one and it went away on its own.
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My dd had a blocked tear duct which took months to clear up. We were never given meds for it, just a wait and see thing. It was about 9 months before I noticed I wasn't cleaning it anymore. It showed up within 2-3 days of her birth.

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My son had this off and on from the time he was a few days old until he was almost a year old. We got antibiotics (an ointment) for it when he was 5 days old and cleared it up that way, but when it kept recurring and didn't seem to bother him, we quit giving the antibiotics to him. We did give him antibiotics a couple of times when he got really sick and it turned green like green snot. That only really happened when my breastmilk dried up from being pregnant again and I had to give him formula for a while. I tried putting breastmilk in his eyes too, but I'm not sure if it helped.
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two of my boys had blocked tear ducts, Cayman is just starting to outgrow his. One thing that has helped when the discharge is looking infected based on color is cleaning his eyes with breastmilk.
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