Why do babies have sticky eyes?

When should I worry about baby sticky eyes?

If your baby’s eyes become red, puffy or sore, with a yellow or greenish discharge that can cause their eyelids to stick together, the eye may be infected. This is called conjunctivitis. You should always see your doctor if you think your child has an eye infection. It may need antibiotic eye drops or ointment.

Why does my baby have sticky eyes?

Sticky eyes are common in newborn babies and young children while their tear ducts are developing. You may see some sticky stuff in the corner of the eyes or their eyelashes may be stuck together. It normally clears up on its own, but you may have to clean your baby’s eyes regularly with damp cotton wool.

Is it normal for babies to have gunk in their eyes?

Eye discharge in newborns is common and often the result of a blocked tear duct. The blockage will usually clear up by itself within 4 to 6 months. However, newborns with eye redness, eye discharge, or excessive watering from the eyes should see a doctor to diagnose the cause and to rule out an eye infection.

What should I do if my baby has sticky eyes?

A sticky eye is not usually serious and clears up on its own, but you can treat it at home by cleaning your baby’s eyes regularly with damp cotton wool. Use clean, cooled boiled water and wipe each eye from the corner by the nose outwards. Use a clean piece of cotton wool for each wipe.

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How do you get rid of baby sticky eyes?

Treatment

  1. Wash your hands.
  2. Wet a sterile cotton ball with saline solution.
  3. Gently wipe your baby’s eye from the inside corner to the outside corner. Use a new cotton ball for each wipe.
  4. Dry the eye using a different cotton ball, wiping from the inside corner out.
  5. Wash your hands.

Is sticky eye common in babies?

Having yellow discharge in the eyes (known as ‘sticky eyes’) is common in newborns and small babies. Sticky eyes are often caused by a blocked tear duct. Usually your baby’s eyes will get better on their own. You should tell your GP or public health nurse that your baby gets sticky eyes the next time you see them.