Common Newborn Ailments

Blocked Tear Ducts

A harmless condition, blocked tear ducts occur when babies are born with one or both of their tear ducts partially or fully blocked. Tear ducts usually open by the time a baby is 2 weeks old. Signs: Water tearing and/or sticky mucus in the corner of the eye. Treatment: The ducts will usually open without treatment, but your doctor may recommend gently massaging the inner corner of the eye to help them open.

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