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3 yr old has mucus from tear ducts, congested, low grade fever. Antibiotics required ?

My 3 year old son has mucus coming from his tear ducts. At first I suspected pink eye, but now I think it s just a cold . He s been very congested, has a low grade fever...99... and terrible runny nose . His eyes are watery and each night seal shut...but they do not seem to hurt or itch him. He s had this for 3 days now. Do I let it run it s course, or should I seek antibiotics?
Asked On : Mon, 26 Nov 2012
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Ophthalmologist 's  Response
Nov 2012
The discharge
According to you is mucoid and recent onsent. The child appears to be having rhinitis or running nose. You may show him to paediatrician, who will assess him and prescribe required medicine. Usually these are viral infection and are self limiting. Once this resolves then tearing will also become less.if this does not then evaluation by eye specialist for tear duct function will be required.

Take care
Answered: Mon, 26 Nov 2012
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Pediatrician Dr. Amit Kumar's  Response
hello there,
this seems to be some viral upper respiratory tract infection that should subside on its own in few days.
but as far as the eye symptoms are concerned you should get it evaluated by an ophthalmologist to be sure of its benign nature. as discharge from eyes causing sticky eyes is suspicious, though it seems to be of benign nature as there is no pain or itching or redness.

you can wait giving him antibiotics if the symptoms are not progressing. and can give oral paracetamol cold syrup oann nasal saline drops for symptomatic relief. but keep some danger signs in mind like high grade fever, excessive lethargy or irritability, respiratory difficulty etc.

wish your son a rapid recovery
Dr. Amit Kumar
Answered: Mon, 26 Nov 2012
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Ayurveda Specialist Dr. Sagar Mhatre's  Response
May be its conjunctivitis,Most of times this is viral/ allergic and its self limiting.
Take temperature 2 hourly. It should not shoot >102 f
Continue symptomatic treatment.

Pediatric Opinion:
Fever more than 102 f
If child is not responding with symptomatic treatment
Symptoms remain more than 5 days.
If you feel your baby more seek.

I would Advise:
1.Avoid exposure to cold (cold make ciliary activity sluggish and hence the organisms tracking
down the airways cannot be swept out, making a progression to lower respiratory infection)
2.Keep your child warm
3.Stem inhalation with precaution.(Plain water do not add any decongestant like vicks etc)
4.Maintain hygiene.
4.Don’t use more medicine

I wish your baby recover soon.
Regards , Dr. Sagar Mhatre

Answered: Tue, 27 Nov 2012
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