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so i had her in a birth center but i declined all the stuff they do...like the eye goop. this is the first time i declined everything. so now she has a gunky eye.<br><br>
i had a BV infection the week before the birth. i was on meds. do you think she could have gotten it in her eye? should i take her to the doc for eye ointment, or should i just use BM? it is yellow and goopy. she can open her eye but the inside of her lid looks red and puffy.
 

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I have one suggestion you might try before taking your little one in for eye stuff with a doc. My DS was born at home, so no eye gunk for us, either. At almost exactly one week, he had a chronic yucky eye which I feared was an infection. It was like eye snot that would reappear in a few hours after wiping it away, and the underside of his eye lid (on the bottom) was red and puffy. We ended up waiting it out and it cleared up in a few days.<br><br>
Not a few days after that, I was reading "The Baby Book" by Dr. Sears and it mentioned that baby's tear ducts aren't fully developed when first born and they often get clogged/infected early on. His suggestion is to gently massage the under side of the eye. Start on the outer side of the eye and work your way in toward the eye duct, which should get things 'moving'. And of course if you don't see improvement over a few days or if other symptoms appear (i.e. fever), consider talking to a professional.<br><br>
Just a thought!
 

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My DD had the exact same thing. I asked her ped about it at her 2 week check-up and he said just to put breastmilk in it. He said it's usually a clogged duct and the build up of tears and such allow bacteria to thrive there. So while it is an infection, the breastmilk will clear it up and help the duct to open. You can also massage the duct to help the process along.
 

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It's very normal - both my girls had this. If you spray breastmilk when feeding, squirt a little into the eyes. It'll eventually work itself out. But don't worry about it. You can clean it off with a warm wash cloth.
 

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My daughter had that for a few weeks, and tear duct massage cleared it up permanently within a day or two.
 

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her doc did say (while we were at the birth center) to massage her nose and under her eye while i was nursing her. i guess it was just alarming to see it crust up like that. it is the side that she sleeps on. she prefers to sleep on her right side facing me. so i will keep up with the massage and the keeping it clean, and i will squirt some BM into it. the other eye is fine. i can see how her sleeping on that side more than the other would cause it to get irritated.<br><br>
thanks! i feel better. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">her doc did say (while we were at the birth center) to massage her nose and under her eye while i was nursing her. i guess it was just alarming to see it crust up like that. it is the side that she sleeps on. she prefers to sleep on her right side facing me. so i will keep up with the massage and the keeping it clean, and i will squirt some BM into it. the other eye is fine. i can see how her sleeping on that side more than the other would cause it to get irritated.<br><br>
thanks! i feel better. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"></div>
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DS had crusty eyes( yellowish). I massaged his nose between the eyes and splash some breast milk here and there.<br>
The most important think was keep cleaning his eyes with a wash cloth and warm water.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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Kate had the same thing in her left eye. Was a blocked tear duct. It lasted a few weeks but went away on it's own. I kept putting BM in it to help clear it.
 

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Breastmilk can be used for that.<br><br>
My baby was about a month old and was getting a crusty discharge. I took him to the ped and they prescribed and antibiotic ointment for a staph infection in his eye. Staph is all over our skin.<br><br>
In hindsight, I wish I had used breastmilk instead of an antibiotic. I forgot that I had read that tip in the Dr. Sears baby book.
 

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DS has had this on and off since birth. (Now 4 mos). He's had it in one eye and both eyes, alternating. Sears says one drop of BM contains one million white blood cells. OM!!!! I spray with BM and notice by end of day, the yellow gunk turns to white. I massage several times day with warm wet wash cloth, being careful to change part of cloth before massaging other eye.<br><br>
We also tried warm chamomile tea bags soaked in BM. Seemed soothing and I think it helped with redness too.<br><br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">We also tried warm chamomile tea bags soaked in BM. Seemed soothing and I think it helped with redness too.<br><br>
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Ditto! My mom suggested that for my son, but his crustiness never got bad. I also heard breast milk in the eye helps it as well. I tried a little bit of that and it helped.
 

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i was wondering about chamomile.... seems soothing.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">My DD had the exact same thing. I asked her ped about it at her 2 week check-up and he said just to put breastmilk in it. He said it's usually a clogged duct and the build up of tears and such allow bacteria to thrive there. So while it is an infection, the breastmilk will clear it up and help the duct to open. You can also massage the duct to help the process along.</div>
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it has mostly cleared up. her eye was watery right after birth so the doc warned me but i wasnt prepared for the amount of crust or how red her eyelid looked. but this morning she hardly had anyting in it and the puffiness is going away. thanks everyone for the reassurance.
 

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Again the vote for breastmilk <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> My son had the eye goop, and his eyes got all crusty at about 1 week. A few drops of my milk before bed, and in the morning he was all better <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
My daughter never got the crusties though, so I never put milk in her eyes.
 
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