Clogged Tear Channel and Watery Eyes – Tears that run across a baby’s cheek do not always indicate sadness, anger, or pain. Sometimes you also have organic causes. Either there is a foreign body in the eye, which can also be removed due to the tear fluid. Or there is a congenital narrowing of the tear duct. Under certain circumstances, conjunctivitis may be present.
Tear stenosis: 6 percent of all newborns have it
About 6 out of 100 babies receive the diagnosis of tear stenosis according to the medical report. This means that the lacrimal pathway is (still) too tight or closed and the tear fluid can not drain normally.
A visibly watering eye is the result. The cause of the constriction or occlusion lies in the existence of a small, thin cuticle called Hasner membrane.
This usually forms shortly before the birth of a baby or a few days later.
Sometimes the regression occurs later or not at all, and it comes on one or both sides of the watering eye. Partial redness and yellowish secretions occur.
It is a mild inflammation that can become chronic if left untreated. You usually do not need to be treated immediately antibiotic. Alternative herbal eye drops (Euphrasia eye drops) often help effectively.
OP as a treatment method
In most cases, the lacrimal ducts open after a few weeks or months by itself. A very gentle massage of the still very soft, lying around the eye tissue may additionally lead to the opening of the Hasner membrane.
If waiting and massaging is not successful, the Hasner membrane can be opened by a small operation. This is done either via an inserted, tiny probe, a rinse the lacrimal ducts or puncture the membrane.
The procedure is usually carried out only from the 6th month of life. Many doctors also advise waiting until the 12th month of life. In the current research, however, some ophthalmologists also advocate carrying out the maximum four-minute operation in the third or fourth month of life.
At this early stage, anesthesia is not necessary because the baby can be wrapped in a cloth and held. Although this is very difficult to see for most parents, it is always more gentle than anesthesia.
If watery eyes suddenly appear in children who previously had no eye problems, there are often other reasons than lacrimal stenosis. Partly, these tears are simply due to irritation from excessive sunlight or drafts.
The complaints disappear after some time. If additional redness and yellow-greenish secretions occur, you should consult a pediatrician, as this may be conjunctivitis. In severe inflammation, the doctor will suggest an antibiotic treatment with drops or ointments.
Tips for glued eyes
Glued eyes in the morning or after a nap you can gently reopen with a damp lukewarm and clean cloth. Explain to your baby why it cannot open its eyes and what you are doing now with the cloth in your hand. Even if she does not understand your words, she will be able to tell with closed eyes that you want to help him.
TIPS FROM MIDWIFE INA ILMER
Midwife & mother
- Get a treadmill massage from your midwife – this also works very effectively in the treatment of a stenosis.
- It should be clarified in a watery eye always an infection of the eye possibly also by existing infections of the mother and the transfer to the baby during birth (eg Chlamydia)