Not Crying But Baby’s Eyes Are Always Watery, What Are These Conditions?. Babies often cry, sometimes parents get anxious because their tears run out of tears. However, there are babies whose eyes run water while not crying. What causes baby’s eyes to runny and is this condition dangerous? Come on, see the answer below.
Understanding nasolacrimal duct obstruction
Nasolacrimal duct obstruction is a blockage that occurs in the tear duct. The occurrence of this blockage that causes the baby’s tears cannot flow into the nasal cavity and finally gives symptoms in the form of a baby’s eyes which are always runny.
How did it happen?
Obstruction that arises since the baby is born is caused by the presence of membranes that block at the end of the tear duct. Blockage of this channel which causes tears to stagnate and symptoms arise, namely the baby’s eyes continue to run and look teary.
In some cases that are quite severe, tears not only look stagnant like glassy but can melt continuously so that they hurt and cause irritation to the baby’s cheek area.
Calm down, not only is your child experiencing this
In fact, the membranes that cover the outlet of the tears occur in almost 50 percent of babies born. Only, most of them will recover (the membrane is open) by itself within 4-6 weeks after the baby is born.
Are there symptoms other than watery eyes?
Most babies will only show symptoms in the form of watery eyes or continuous melting tears. In some cases infection can occur in the outlet of this tear so that you will see redness, swelling, and pus coming out of the inner corner of the eye.
Can it be cured without medication?
About 90 percent of cases of watery baby’s eyes can heal without undergoing treatment before the child reaches the age of one year. One action that can help to open this blockage is by light massage on the base of the nose. The way to do the massage is:
Wash your palms thoroughly before touching the baby.
Put your index finger in the corner in the baby’s eyes.
Do a gentle massage down.
This action can be done repeatedly in a day.
If you still have difficulty doing it, take your baby to a general practitioner or to the nearest ophthalmologist.
What happens if the blockage is not open too?
Conditions like this generally require further treatment by an ophthalmologist. The first step that is often taken is to do probing. This action can be performed on children who have reached the age of one year but still have a blockage or at an earlier age but have severe symptoms.
The action is done by inserting a fine wire in the corner area in your child’s eye to open the blockage that occurs. Even though it sounds a little scary, you don’t need to worry. Because if done by an ophthalmologist, this action includes safe action.