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Common Baby Health Problems Parents Should Be Aware Of

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BLOCKED TEAR DUCTS

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Many babies are born without a fully formed tear ducts, which prevents their eyes from being able to properly drain fluid. You should see symptoms between birth and 12 weeks. Your babies eyes might tear up even when she’s not crying. She might also wake up with a crust over her eyelashes or eyelids, or pus in the corner of the eye. Typically, the tear duct will develop on its own; within a year symptoms should clear up. However, your baby could develop an infection, so be sure to tell your doctor if you suspect her tear ducts are blocked. He may recommend daily massaging of the eye area to relieve any blockages.

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