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my ds still has a gungy eye where his tear ducts not working properly

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juicychops Thu 31-Mar-05 21:46:21

my DS still has a gungy eye where his tear ducts haven't started working properly. both eyes were like it when he was born but one got better after a week. any one else have the same problem? the doc said it will clear up eventually... will it?

charellie Thu 31-Mar-05 21:54:01

One of my twins had this. Her eyes were constantly gunky for weeks and then on and off for a couple of months I think. I used to bathe them in cooled boiled water and cotton wool.

hunkermunker Thu 31-Mar-05 21:56:20

DS had this - his eyes were both gungy for a while. I used breastmilk to clear his - worked a treat.

PotPourri Thu 31-Mar-05 22:02:40

Try cooled boiled water with a small amount of salt in it. Or buy saline solution at hte chemist. DD has a gungy eye on adn off, adn I do it at every nappy change when she has it. It usually clears really quickly.

HappyMumof2 Fri 01-Apr-05 14:31:11

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artyjoe Fri 01-Apr-05 14:57:17

My baby had it for a told me to massage gently under the eye from right to left to bring gunk to the surface, lots of gunk but gone in 7 days.

morocco Fri 01-Apr-05 23:24:30

if the eye is actually infected then antibiotic drops, breastmilk and saline solution will help - but if the tear duct is still blocked then you might well get lots of yellow gunk every day that can't drain away - that will stay until the blocked duct gets wider as he gets older. My ds is 13 months old and I have to clean his eye several times a day but it is not actaully infected as the eye itself doesn't look red and the gunk isn't so sticky. I don't bother with the anitbiotic drops anymore as it's not good to use them too often - every now and then I do massage though as this is supposed to help open up the tear duct;

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