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    We had this issue with DS. Mostly when he was under 6 months and were told if it didn't clear itself we'd be seeing someone too. But it did clear itself, I suggest saline drops, or those saline eye wash things.
    DS is 17 months and I've noticed its started again over the last few days. He's been a little crook so hoping it'll clear soon. I've been flushing with saline, none of those eye drop things. It was semi good when I dropped him at childcare, so hoping it's still good this arvo!

    As long as the gunk isn't really green or anything it's just the blockage, but I'd keep flushing to keep it clean anyway.

    I hope it clears for you, cos any operation on a bubba is not nice!

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    My LO had the same. I had a great pead who told me to use (cooled down) black tea with salt in it and massage it. Worked for us.

    His was a nasal duct though.

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    Default Manuka Honey!!!

    To all dear mothers out there struggling with baby's blocked tear ducts...try the amazing Manuka Honey on baby's eyelids (do NOT feed it to baby!!) You can buy it at the health shops. The honey must be rated at least UMF10+. It's a bit pricey but it's worth it!
    GOOD LUCK!!!!!
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    Sounds just like my DS1...

    He had this up until 13 months, it was at 14 months he was booked in for the op but just as the specialist, GP and paed alluded to, this condition has a funny way of disappearing just before operation time (and with age / growth).


    The specialist wouldn't let him get it done until post-12 months, so I was always at the GP getting scripts for his conjunctivitis episodes.


    Sadly I can't offer you any quick fix solution that worked for us. We tried everything, in the end it came down to a strict management routine to prevent conjunctivitis.


    The GP showed me how to flush his little eye. The process was (from memory!):


    1) during bath time we'd use the warm water and a cotton ball to just wash over his eye.


    2) we had a bottle of saline solution and cotton wool balls on his change table, and within seconds of finishing his warm baths DH (he was better at it than me!) would massage just near his where his nose and eye met (I forget what the scientific name for that little pink bit is called, sorry.) and the stuff that would come out was pretty awful..


    I'd do this during the day if it was needed too.


    The only advice I'd have for you though, is if it looks like conjunctivitis is on the way, get onto the drops immediately. In WA Chlorsig is an over the counter drug now from a chemist, so no script required. I'd run in and grab some at even the thought of conjunctivitis. As a PP has said, the cream is far more effective (it has more oomph to it), but here that's prescription only. I used both, drops during the day and cream at night or before naps. Even if you ask your GP for a few repeats to have on hand.


    We were so lucky that it just went away one day, 2 weeks before his scheduled op. He's 3 now and hasn't even had conjunctivitis since and he does swimming lessons twice a week, which I was always worried would trigger more conjunctivitis. Our DS2 gets it from the pool though, and he never had a blocked tear duct


    I was 100% prepared for him to have the op though, felt confident with the Dr etc, even he said the best outcome for him would be a phone call from me canceling his booking.


    Hopefully your little one grows out of it, and soon! I'd try waiting it out a bit longer though. Good luck

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    Default Blocked tear duct.

    DS had a sticky eye from birth as well and we were told that he would need an that same OP if it hadn't corrected itself by the time he was 12 months - luckily it did on its own at about 11 months ..

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    Default Blocked tear duct.

    DS1 had a blocked tear duct. People would always comment on his eye. We just kept it clean and massaged it. When he was around 9 months old it went away. We kind of didn't notice it stopped until one day I said to DH we haven't had to clean his eye for awhile lol. I was told they would not operate on a blocked tear duct until 12 months.

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    I've heard that colloidal silver works as well, but I didn't try it as I discovered it after our problem was fixed.

    We've tried massage, breast milk, saline drops, sterile cotton buds, warm pads, etc for 8 months and nothing worked...I was quite disheartened and started to think that there's no natural way to fix the blocked tear duct and the surgery might be the only solution... Until someone saw my baby's eye and suggested the Manuka Honey! With this special honey, thanks to its strong natural antibacterial properties, the eye infection and the blocked tear duct cleared in 2 days! TWO DAYS! I was in awe!!! I was skeptical, but now I am a believer!
    So I warmly recommend Manuka Honey for a safe, quick fix of the eye infections/blocked tear duct! Do a research on this honey, and give it a try! With this natural product, so easy to handle, you may be able to avoid a surgery on your baby that implies general anestetics and a wire going through your baby eye. Not to mention that the surgery doesn't have 100% success rate and might need to be repeated...

    XO


 

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