Emmett’s Eye

Poor baby...


Ugh. Emmett has an eye infection. I noticed the gunk forming, but Fia had the same thing. I was told it was immature tear ducts. Luckily I had a pediatrician appointment scheduled for him, or I would have ignored it. I took him in and the doctor said it was definitely an infection because the whites of his eyes were irritated and red. Good to know. I want to spread the word on that.

She took a culture and I go in again on Tuesday for them to take another look. In the meantime, we have an antibiotic ointment we put in his eyes 3 times a day.
I wouldn’t worry except she said eye infections aren’t that common (something you hate to hear. I prefer safety in numbers), and are often an underlying symptom of something else. She thought it might have happened in delivery, but when I explained that I had a C-section, and he didn’t pass down the canal, that pretty much eliminated that reason.

She asked if anyone was sick at home. Nope. Fia does have a runny nose from time to time and she does go in to kiss him, so now I have to be extra diligent on making sure her face is clean. I’m already a nazi with her hands.

I also have been putting breast milk in the eye and the doc concurred that that can help. It’s amazing the antibodies in that stuff.

Other info:

His weight gain is excellent. He has now surpassed his birth weight of 8 pounds, 2 ounces and is a robust 8 pounds 6 ounces.

He has grown half an inch, to 21.5.

What did freak me out is that his head is only in the 25th percentile. Fia’s head was enormous (thus the C-section), and out of the gate in the 90th percentile. Big brain=big head, right?

She also baked in my belly 2 extra weeks. The doctor said 25th percentile isn’t anything to worry about. All they care about is that it grows on the curve. This is the baseline measurement.

So that’s my update right now. Anyone else out there have experience with an eye infection in a newborn? I am resisting the temptation to google….

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  1. by Nicole

    On February 10, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    My daughter had a blocked tear duct when she was born that turned into an eye infection….it lasted for a while, but I can’t remember the specific length of time. The antibiotic drops and breast milk really helped and it was cleared up in a few weeks. My doc also recommended massaging the tear duct with your middle finger (the gentlest touch for the baby) twice a day to get some of the gunk out…it was gross to do, but nice to see all the nastiness leaving her eye. Love your blog, btw…you have a great writing style that makes me laugh a lot (in a good way!)

  2. by Jill Cordes

    On February 12, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    Hi Nicole. Thanks so much for the tips and for the compliments. I think the eye looks way better now! Best, jill c.

  3. by cheryl

    On February 14, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    We had tons of eye infections the first year. Valerie had a clogged duct and the stuff would occasionally infect. We had our first eye infection around one month old. I second what Nicole said; the massage and a warm compress are the best for it.
    As for Emmett’s head, Valerie’s head was in the 10th percentile and grew to the 25th by six months. Her brain and development are normal, in fact, she is advanced in some cases. I am not bragging, I am reassuring:) Good luck!

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