Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Syl | 2009/04/24

Q.

Water eye

Dear Doc

My 16 week old daughter has a watery eye. The skin surrounding her eye is slightly red, and the crusty discharge that builds up is yellowish in colour. I am currently cleaning her eye with cooled boiled water a few times a day.

Do I need to see a Paediatrician, or does this usually clear up on it' s own? If I need to see a Paediatrician, I will probably only be able to get an appointment on about Wednesday next week, as Monday is a holiday and it is unlikely that I will be able to get an appointment on Tuesday (unless an emergency).

Many thanks
Syl

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

It sounds as if your baby has a blocked tear duct. Continue to clean her eye with the sterile water [add a quarter teaspoonful of salt to a cup of boiled and cooled water] Wipe her eye from the nose side outwards and discard the cotton wool swab after each use. If her eye is not better after 3 days ask your paediatrician to see her.

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