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Can't remember the salt to water equation, but breastmilk worked better for DS anyway when he had gakky eyes when he was first born. Looks pretty gross as they blink it away (all...er...milky, surprisingly!), but is very effective!
Give it a couple of days and then I'd get it checked out - doc might want to take a swab and check it's not infected - course in the year and half it takes for the results to come back it will have cleared up.
breast milk worked, and also we used an infusion of eyebright (hyperical?) which we got from neals yard (looks like real loose leaf tea, just a couple of spoons dissolved in boiled water and allowed to cool. tbh, i think it was the bm that cleared it. took a while tho (a few weeks if i remember to completely clear), but am v glad that we avoided the antibiotics that gp would have given us...
advice is right, if it looks really red and sore go to dr, if just gunky, (and ds was really ickky gunksville) then i'd persist with bm, i found that actually squirting the eye was best (bm needs to get to the tear duct, just wiping the eye with cotton wool with bm on it isn't as effective imo) sorry if grossing anyone out!
I was told that a blocked tear duct can become yucky very quickly - this was certainly the case with DS. I massgaed his duct at every feed for a week then left it. It blocked every now and then but totally cleared by the time he was 3 months. You can tell when it is blocked (but before the yucky stage) as the eye will appear very watery.
The tear duct is a tiny tube leading from the inner corner of the lower eyelid, into the nose. To massage, get some cotton wool, warm it in warm water (comfortably hot, not scalding!) and press slightly below the inner corner of the eye, stroking upwards.