What causes mucus in baby eyes?
Eye discharge in newborns is common and often the result of a blocked tear duct. The blockage will usually clear up by itself within 4 to 6 months. However, newborns with eye redness, eye discharge, or excessive watering from the eyes should see a doctor to diagnose the cause and to rule out an eye infection.
How do you treat sticky eyes in babies?
- Wash your hands.
- Wet a sterile cotton ball with saline solution.
- Gently wipe your baby’s eye from the inside corner to the outside corner. Use a new cotton ball for each wipe.
- Dry the eye using a different cotton ball, wiping from the inside corner out.
- Wash your hands.
Does breast milk help baby eye discharge?
Try placing a drop or two of breast milk directly into the inner portion of your baby’s eyes while they are closed— once they open their eyes, the milk will fall into the eyes and work to clear up any infection. Use this treatment a few times a day for a week or two or until their tear ducts have cleared up.
When should I worry about baby’s eye discharge?
Pink eye in particular is extremely common in children, especially because it’s so contagious. If your child or baby has red eyes that seem to be itchy or painful, along with discharge, call their pediatrician.
How do I clean my baby’s gunky eyes?
What should you do? A sticky eye is not usually serious and clears up on its own, but you can treat it at home by cleaning your baby’s eyes regularly with damp cotton wool. Use clean, cooled boiled water and wipe each eye from the corner by the nose outwards. Use a clean piece of cotton wool for each wipe.
When should I see a doctor about eye discharge?
When to see your doctor
Your eyelid is very swollen or red. Your vision becomes blurred. You have a fever over 104°F (40°C). You still have pus in your eye after using antibiotic eye drops for more than three days.