For general eyes, ears and nose concerns, read our previous Week 2 Eyes, ear, and nose guide. However, one thing you might be concerned about now is a clogged tear duct in your baby.
Your baby probably started to produce tears in the last week or so, yet up to 30 percent of babies will have one or both tear ducts clogged (at the inner corner of each eye.) You’ll notice tears overflowing from one or both eyes, sometimes with a yellowish mucus accumulating in the clogged eye.
* Wipe away the (sometimes crusted-on) mucus with a wet sterile cotton ball.
* Most babies’ clogged tear ducts clear on their own within the first year and require no treatment. However, you can try and open the clogged membrane with massage: After washing your hands, gently rub the inner corner of each eye in an upward direction (toward the nose) about six to ten times. Do this as often as you can remember, such as before each diaper change.
* If your baby’s eye(s) becomes red, swollen, or has an excessive and heavy discharge, there might be an infection. Your pediatrician might prescribe an antibiotic ointment or drops, or may refer you to an ophthalmologist if severe.
* The vast majority of cases will clear on their own, so just keep your baby’s eye clean and be patient.