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How can drainage from the eyes of a one-year-old that is causing the eyes to shut be treated?

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Posted on Mon, 28 Jan 2019
Question: my one year old has drainage coming from her eyes and are matted shut when she sleeps. there also really red but she doesn't seem like they itch.what should Ido
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Answered by Dr. V. N. S. Parinam (1 minute later)
Brief Answer:
Massage from nose towards the angle of the eyes.

Detailed Answer:

Hi,

This is common because of the smaller nasolacrimal duct in infants. Narrow ducts get easily obstructed with debris.

What I suggest is to massage with the tips of the fingers from the nose upwards to the angle of the eyes, this will helps to clear the obstruction.

Do it five to six times a day or whenever you feed her. If this does not help please see the child specialist.

Hope I have answered your query.

Regards,
Dr. Suma Parinam
General & Family Physician
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How can drainage from the eyes of a one-year-old that is causing the eyes to shut be treated?

Brief Answer: Massage from nose towards the angle of the eyes. Detailed Answer: Hi, This is common because of the smaller nasolacrimal duct in infants. Narrow ducts get easily obstructed with debris. What I suggest is to massage with the tips of the fingers from the nose upwards to the angle of the eyes, this will helps to clear the obstruction. Do it five to six times a day or whenever you feed her. If this does not help please see the child specialist. Hope I have answered your query. Regards, Dr. Suma Parinam General & Family Physician