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My daughter is 2.5 months and has had goopy eyes basically since birth. At first I thought it was allergy or cold related, but would that last this long? I did have a swab culture done because the goop had a greenish tint to it, but it's not bacterial (at least that's what I was told, lol). One eye is more goopy than the other, if it makes a difference.<br><br>
I have an appointment with her pediatrician in about 2 weeks, and I'll ask her about it again, but I'd love input if anyone has btdt.<br><br>
Thanks!
 

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It could be clogged tear ducts. My DS had it in one eye for a month or so. Here's a link that explains it:<br><br><a href="http://www.askdrsears.com/html/10/t110239.asp" target="_blank">http://www.askdrsears.com/html/10/t110239.asp</a><br><br><i>Here's how to unclog your baby's tear duct. Gently massage the tear duct that is located beneath the tiny "bump" in the nasal corner of each eye. Massage in an upward direction (toward the nose) about six times. Do this tear- duct massage as often as you think of it – for example, before each diaper change. Massaging the tear duct applies pressure on the fluid backed up within the ducts and eventually pops open the membrane and clears the ducts.<br><br>
If you still notice persistent tearing or yellow drainage from one or both eyes, during your well-baby checkup ask your doctor to instruct you in how to massage the tear ducts. If the yellow drainage persists, your doctor may prescribe antibiotic ointment or drops to treat this infection.</i>
 

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My dd had this for her first month or so, and it went away by itself.<br><br>
Our pede told us to use warm water on cotton balls to wipe out the gunk, but that otherwise just wait it out. Apparently it's really common, and is usually not a sign of anything serious.
 

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Uhg! My son had clogged tear ducts for months and I hated it. Some mornings he would wake up and not even be able to open his eyes because teh gunk had caked up and basically glued them shut. I hated fielding all the people saying to me, "oh what cute baby, what was he just crying about?"<br><br>
Finally when he was about 4 months old I met a woman on line at Costco. She had her teenage daughters with her (whom she let me know BF'd til they were our years old <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> ) both of them had tear duct problems when they were babies as well. Her advice to me: Squirt breast milk in his eye. I was ready to try anything, and you know, it worked like a charm! I'm not a doctor, and I'm usre you Ped wouldn't think it would help. But seriously it went away and never came back after letting a couple drops of my breastmilk into his eye.
 

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My dd had a clogged tear duct for months, too...and it came back this week (she's 17 months!).<br><br>
I had it as a baby, too, and mine also came and went. Just keep it really clean and follow the massage directions. If it gets extremely yucky or the eye gets red, call the ped.
 

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My baby had a clogged tear duct also, she had it until recently. Her eye would get all gooey and the eyelashes would stick sometimes. I was constantly cleaning her eye (it was mostly in her left eye). I did it all, massaging the tear ducts, squirting breastmilk in the eye, cleaning the eye with warm water and a cotton ball. None of that made it go away, but it did eventually open on it's own, after she was 6 months old. The idea is that massaging the tear ducts might make the tear duct open(you massage down between the eye and the nose). Squirting breastmilk in the eye is good as an antibacterial so the eye doesn't get infected. It will eventually go away and it's relatively common among babies, my older dd also had a clogged tear duct when she was a baby.
 

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Thank you all for the input. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I've been washing her eyes with breastmilk since my milk came in, lol. We haven't done the massage, so I'll give that a shot.<br><br>
Again, thank you!
 

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Yup...my baby's are clogged too....not fun at all. Except when she first wakes up and gives you the one eyed Columbo look. LOL
 

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LOL....this is funny. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> We call it the Pirate Eye here.
 

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My daughter has blocked tear ducts and the thing that really helps her is coming in the shower with me. We take a shower in the morning and all of the goo just drains out and doesn't really come back until the late afternoon. If I skip the shower, her eye is goopy all day even if I clean it in the morning. Also, I second the tear duct massage. When she was younger, both sides were blocked, now, only her left one is.
 
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