Blocked tear ducts in babies
Blocked tear ducts in infants
At least 20% of babies are born with one or both of their tear ducts blocked or partially blocked. This condition can cause eye infections in a newborn. It can lead to conjuctivitis like symptoms such as white or yellow discharge or full blown conjunctivitis.
While blocked tear ducts maybe hereditary, there is not much research on this information for sure. Premature babies are more likely to be born with this blockage. This condition is not dangerous and usually goes away on its own. Older infants ( 7 to 9 months ) with a persistent problem may be referred to a pediatric ophthalmologist to see if treatment is needed.