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My DS is almost 3 weeks old and I have noticed that he has alot of crusty stuff in his eyes. He has had watery eyes wince he was born (we didnt do the eye drops at birth) but I assumed that was normal b/c of his developing tear ducts. Lately he has had a buildup of crusty yellow stuff and im not sure if its normal or if he could have an infection. This morning his right eye was almost crusted all the way shut. He doesnt seem bothered by it, but it is a bit "yucky" to look at. Have any of you noticed this in your children???
 

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When my DS was born he had a clogged tear duct that would make his one of his eyes water and he had a lot of crusty stuff. Here's what I did to help unclog his duct: Wash the eye at every diaper change with a clean cotton ball and some distilled water. Do not really rub at the crusties since there are probably some next to your babe's eyeball and this could really hurt the eye, just lay a really wet cotton ball on the eye to soften the goop then gently rub off. Then, at each BFing and diaper change rub with your pinky in an upwards motion the spot where the nose meets the eye, there is a little bump there that you are rubbing under. Use about the same amount of pressure that you would use to pop a zit. Your DS won't like it, but if it is a clogged duct it is better to get it relieved now than getting docs involved later. I will tell you that my DS's got worse before it got better--with tons of green and yellow gunk, but I just kept at it and it went away.
 

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It probably is just a clogged tear duct. My dd#2 had the same issue in her left eye for about 2 months.<br><br>
At first I squirted breast milk in her eye thinking that it might be an infection but it wouldn't go away. Then I got to thinking, if it was conjunctivitis then it would have spread to her other eye and probably mine too. But as it was just in her one eye and wasn't spreading, it wasn't an infection.<br><br>
Tear ducts sometimes aren't entirely formed at birth and can take a while to open up entirely. Just massage the tear duct near the outside of the nose with a warm cloth and keep the area clean. If the issue continues to persist, and pray that it doesn't, a doctor will want to "open it up surgically" by sticking a needle in it and forcing it open. It is recommended to wait until the first birthday for this procedure.<br><br>
Are his eyes red and inflammed? If so, it may be an infection. Squirt breast milk into his eyes everytime you nurse him and you will find that it will clear up in no time. It has worked everytime for me.
 

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Yeah, I second the BM in the eye thing--I remember doing this everytime I would BF DS--I think it really helped keep the infection from getting too bad and helped to finally clear up the eye!
 

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My ds had the crusty eye thing for a few weeks this fall (he was a newborn too). It was just a clogged tear duct. Just kept it clean and it went away fairly quickly.
 

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All my kids have had clogged tear ducts until almost ayear old. If things looked gunikier than normal....a little breastmilk works great.<br><br>
A nice warm washcloth in the morning can really help release the junk and open them up.<br><br>
Be careful about poking at it too much as you can introduce infections easily. (ask me how I know...lol)
 

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We had the same thing at 4 weeks. The wise mamas here told me breastmilk, massage, and a warm compress. It cleared up in a day and a half. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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My son has this too. I wondered if it was an infection at first (I didn't get the eye goop at the hosp), but nothing cleared it up. He was also very mucusy, stuffed up sounding and lots of boogers, and had a rash on his face and chest, arms and legs. I cut all dairy products out of my diet and the rash went completely away. The mucusy stuff and eye stuff is almost gone. I do think he probably has plugged ducts as well, since my 2nd dd did in one eye too.
 
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