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Pediatrics/Children's Health

Blocked Tear Ducts
By Barbara Parker, RN, ARNP, CNM

Q. My daughter has blocked tear ducts in both eyes. Her doctor told me that this is a common problem for babies, and that it should clear up by itself. She said to watch for any smell or swelling, or if it seems to be bothering her, to take her in for some eye drops. Is there anything I can do to help it get better?

A. It can take up to a year for this to resolve on its own, which is perfectly normal. Try gently massaging the inner corner of the eye with your clean pinky (5th) finger a couple of times a day. This sometimes helps hurry the process along.


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