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Old 11-10-2011, 10:45 AM   #1
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Tear Duct

Hello, this is my first "encounter" with a tear duct. My pediatrician told me he would have to have surgery at 6 months. Has anyone else had this "surgery" or does your baby/ child have a tear duct? I am looking to get experiences and some information as I am new to this. it seems to be getting bigger but not sure.



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Old 11-10-2011, 11:22 AM   #2
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Re: Tear Duct

Crashing here I'm not sure what you mean when you ask if anyone elses child has a tear duct, however, my oldest dd had two blocked tear ducts and did have surgery at 6 months for it. Normally the tear ducts open on their own due to the pressure of coming through the birth canal, though not always. Her normal eye fluid/tears were not able to properly drain into the tear ducts and into the sinus so her eyes were constantly goopy and yucky. We had to massage her eyes right under the inner corner where the ducts are for several months in hopes that it would release them, but to no avail, so she ended up having surgery. It was day surgery, she did have to be put under for it, but it was only about a 20 minute surgery and we took her home within an hour after. It was really easy, as surgeries go.

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Old 11-10-2011, 11:30 AM   #3
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Both of my kiddos had the clogged tear duct but didn't have the surgery. We did a warm compress and circular massage and it cleared up on it's own. I didn't think they did anything about it until a year. I'd research it some more.

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Old 11-11-2011, 11:52 PM   #4
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My daughter had a blocked duct a few times (shes 6 mo now) and I actually found a great tip looking for home remedies online. If you're breastfeeding, put some milk on your finger and massage the inside corner of the eye a few times a day and it's likely that it'll clear up. Worked both times for me--breastmilk is amazing!
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Old 12-01-2011, 05:01 PM   #5
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My daughter had the probe done at 10 months. It's been a month now and it's sooo much better. I tried massaging it and warm compresses for months with no help. She always had it oozing gunk and red. It was really fast and our pediatric eye dr has a cut of of 10 months after that they have to be sedated for it. I got it done right at the cut off.
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