Post # 1
my daughter is now almost 6 months old and has watery eyes with occasional yellow green discharge at her tear duct. She wakes up with crusty eyes I always have to wipe…she’s had this since only a few weeks to one mo old…we asked her doctor about it and asked if its an eye infection or allergies he said babies can’t have allergies and if it’s an eye infection there’s nothing you can do except wait a yr before you go to an eye doctor and they either prescribe drops or do a procedure
now the past 2 weeks she has developed a congested nose and has been sneezing 2-4 times a day I thought she caught a cold but I take care of her all day and I haven’t caught anything from her and she is overall happy and eating and playing normally
so this makes me question, does. Have allergies and her congested nose is a new symptom? Or is it impossible for babies to have allergies?
she has also been drooling a lot more and putting her hands in her mouth constantly so maybe the congestion is somehow related to teething?
has anyone had babies with allergies or this eye watery issue ?
Post # 2
My son had similar symptoms with his eye when he was an infant and it was a clogged tear duct. I just rubbed breast milk on it a couple of times a day and it cleared up. It is entirely possible that your baby has allergies, but my son also got congested sometimes while he was teething. I had him sleep with a cool mist humidifier and it seemed to help. Of course, if you have an inclination that your daughter is sick, I’d at least call the doctor and describe her symptoms for peace of mind. Everything you’re describing sounds pretty normal to me, especially for a young baby who is likely indoors a lot. I found the humidifier helped my son when the air was dry in the house or if he was sick or teething. I’d also keep a close eye on her temperature. Hope she feels better soon!
Post # 3
Does your baby cry tears as my friends baby had an unopened tear duct which caused the same crustiness in the mornings. The doc said it would most likely sort itself out but so far no luck. As for the mouthing and drooling I would guess teething as my little boy is doing the same and is teething. Does she have reddened cheeks and is her poop more mucousy? Congestion wise i know if a baby who had a dairy allergy who was congested but I also think congestion can be caused by a lot of factors so wouldn’t jump to any conclusion. Hope you get some answers soon bee
Post # 4
My friend’s 2 year old had to have surgery to open up the clogged tear duct AND she’s been allergic to a million things almost the whole time. I feel so bad for her and my friend because since my friend was (and still is) breastfeeding she was not eating all the food the baby was allergic to either! (She said plus side, she lost some baby weight?) The poor little girl is allergic to dairy, peanuts and egg, and slightly to wheat and almonds. They have to go every 6 months for a skin test, then for a monitored food challenge in the hospital to test adding items into the diet. She’s had multiple reactions to dairy where they had to head to the hospital because of hives/rashing, swelling, and wheezing. 🙁
Post # 5
Kay1126 : thank u . I am not breastfeeding but I have been rubbing her teAr duct with warm water I a cotton round. We also have a cool mist humidifier we use for her at night . Hopefully it’s due to teething and no allergies. Me n my husband both have and wouldn’t want her to go thru same esp so young
Post # 6
pandapop85 : no reddened cheeks but sometimes in her poo there’s a tiny bit of mucous
Post # 7
not the eyes, but my son was a constant waterfall of drool from about 3 months to 14 months. i had a little break from the wetness but he has a few more teeth left to come in and the drool started back up around 16m. he’s now 18m.
i have never seen a baby other than my son with the amount of drool he had.
Post # 8
My daughter had a clogged tear duct since birth with these same symptoms. They referred us to an opthamologist at her one year appt, and she just had surgery to place a tube to open it last week. Seems to be all better now!
Post # 9
giaf1 : Not sure about the congestion, but the eye thing you’re describing is a blocked tear duct. It happened to my son on and off through his first year, which is commonly when it clears up for good. I would press a warm, clean cloth to his ducts a couple times a day when they were acting up to help loosen up the gunk. It’s common and nothing to worry about until they get older, and then it could require surgery.
Post # 10
Typically when my son used to get a cold the viris would settle in his eye (pink eye). We just do drops and it’s cleared up in a few days. But if your baby is too young for drops I would just keep it clean, wash with baby soap and a gentle back wash cloth to remove any gunk. And yes, babies can have allergies. Both of mine do/did
Post # 11
DR bee here… the most common diagnosis for the symptoms you are describing is a simple bacterial infection. This does not require antibiotics or drops. This should go away on its own with time.
If your baby is teething I would definitely say the drooling and stuffy nose are very normal for this. Just make sure to here the baby’s nose as clear as you can.
And yes, babies DO get allergies, but the symptoms are not like what you are describing here. The most common symptom is eczema on the skin, red eyes (not wattery), and sniffles/sneezing.
If the symptoms in tge eyes don’t go away in about a month i would take the baby back in for a second opinion, could possibly be a blocked tear duct, though more unlikely.