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We were told to try a warm damp cloth (hold over the eye like a compress for a moment, always wipe away from the inner corner, always use a clean portion of cloth each pass... water or herbal tea are the most common liquid suggestions), to squirt breastmilk in the eye with every feed, and to massage along the side of the nose/inner corner of the eye to encourage draining. Yellow or green gummy crusts or floaters on the eye were "ok".
An infection (more common in kiddos with plugged ducts) involved the whites of the eye looking red or streaked with red, the eyelid and eye socket getting swollen/inflamed, or the eye socket looking almost 'bruised" in addition to the "normal" crustiness and dripping. If the infection didn't respond to breastmilk we had to get abx eye drops.
Anyway... plugged ducts are very common in infants and generally clear on their own, so unless your babes eyes get red/swollen/weepy/itchy it's probably ok to just treat with breastmilk and a warm compress. But if you're worried or it gets worse, your care provider should be able to rule out other problems.
I forget the exact numbers the ped opthamologist gave us, but something like 90% clear on their own by a year. At that point though the numbers flip flop and only a small percentage will clear on their own... it's not a huge deal to leave the duct blocked but there is a higher chance of eye problems and corrective surgery done after about 18-20 months often needs to be re-done a few times before it "takes" (simple procedure, but most often done under general so there are risks). They really "push" surgery between 12 months and 18 months and I am so glad we didn't have to make a decision on it.
Oh, homeopathic pulsatilla worked wonders on her plugged duct if you have any around the house!