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DD's eyes have been goopy/crusty since birth...she is only two weeks old. When we went to the doctor for her first appointment after she was born, he said she probably has blocked tear ducts. He wrote a prescription for eye ointment, and of course I don't have it near me right now, and she is asleep on me, but this ointment is probably an antibiotic, right? He also told me to massage the ducts to try to get it unclogged. Of course how he showed me to do it, is different from the many ways I've read to do it online, so who knows the best way...idk...
...anyway, so back to the antibiotic...we're still having trouble so he wrote her a script for a second ointment. Now, is this good to keep using antibiotics in her eyes? He said this usually resolves itself before a year old, and I can't imagine having to put goop in her eyes for that long...also, is there any risk of it causing thrush or anything? I know I had to used antibiotic eye drops one time, and I ended up getting a terrible sore throat...come to find out, I had thrush. Of course, i didn't have blocked tear ducts either, so I guess that could prevent it from going to the nose/throat, which is where the stuff is supposed to drain, but why she has crusty eyes cause it isn't...yeah, I just confused myself...anyway, I hate to think of a possible chance of thrush disrupting our b'feeding.

So, tell me what you would do about all this? I have tried to use my breastmilk for eyedrops, but maybe I'm not doing it enough...how often should I? If it's fitting, I would much rather used the bm, rather than the ointment. And what ways have you been told to massage the tear ducts?
 

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my ds had this too around 2 weeks. i squirted him with bm every time he ate
:, ans that helped a lot!
The way I was shown to massage is starting at the outer corner of the eye, run your finger, with slight pressure all the way to the inner corner. You can also massage the nose. warm compresses also help to draw out the infection. HTH!
 

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When my oldest DS was still a baby, he had a blocked tear duct. We were referred to an eye specialist who wanted to put a wire through the duct to open it up bigger!
After I questioned him, he said that they will almost always open up on there own by 2-3 years old. Then why the he** would I have them put a wire into his eye ducts? Needless to say, we did not do the procedure and he is now 6 years old with perfectly fine tear ducts!

We also did the bm to keep the goop out. Otherwise, I just wiped it when I had the chance and we put up with it for a seemingly short while. It is a little annoying for both you and your LO, but it will most likely get better before too long.
 

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My friend had that in both her kids. One cleared up around a year and the other closer to age two. Neither needed the surgery. She didn't do antibiotics and the ped. didn't suggest it as far as I know.
 

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Originally Posted by lilbsmama View Post
my ds had this too around 2 weeks. i squirted him with bm every time he ate
:, ans that helped a lot!
The way I was shown to massage is starting at the outer corner of the eye, run your finger, with slight pressure all the way to the inner corner. You can also massage the nose. warm compresses also help to draw out the infection. HTH!
See,my doctor told me to start at the inner corner and work my way to the outer corner. I have read online these ways, and to start above the inner corner, and work down along side the nose...so confusing...
 
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