Watery Eyes In Infants – 3 Causes & 9 Treatments You Should Be Aware Of

Eyes In Infants  Causes Treatments You Should Be Aware Of

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Do your infant’s eyes look watery? Do you notice teary eyes only when your infant wakes up or at other times too? Does your infant also experience sticky eyes?

If you have noticed any or all the symptoms, chances are your baby may be suffering from watery eyes. Read further to know the causes and more.

What Is Watery Eye?

Epiphora is another name for the watery eye condition [1]. It means that your infant’s eyes are tearing up continuously or excessively. In this case, your infant may also experience more tears streaming down his face [2]. Your infant’s tear ducts do not produce tears. Instead, they help to carry away the tears and drain them into your infant’s nose through tiny openings in the inner corner of the eyelids. Any blockage in the tear ducts of your infant may result in watery eyes.

[ Read: How to Treat Sticky Eyes In Babies ]

What Causes Watery Eyes In Babies?

Here are some reasons that may lead your infant to experience watery eyes:

  • One of the most common reasons that may cause watery eyes in your infant is a blocked tear duct.
  • It could also be due to a tear duct that is not properly open yet.
  • In some cases, an infection may make your infant’s tears dry out and look crusty. However, infections are not the only reason for this condition.

[ Read: What Causes Pink Eye In Babies ]

What Are The Treatment Options For Watery Eyes In Infants?

Epiphora or watery eyes can appear at any age, but it is most common in infants who are less than a year old. In most cases, the condition will go away on its own before your infant’s first birthday. In case your infant is over a year old and still experiencing water eyes, you should seek medical advice [3]. In some cases, watery eyes can also lead to further infection, so do speak to your infant’s doctor about it.

Your infant’s doctor may suggest the following [4]:

  • Your infant’s eyes may not always water due to a blocked tear duct. Therefore, your infant’s doctor will examine his eyes properly.
  • The doctor may first ask you to observe your infant’s eyes for some more time. As the condition may soon go away on its own.
  • Your infant’s doctor may also recommend a checkup with a pediatric eye specialist.
  • The doctor may advice a surgical procedure if the condition persists well after your infant is a year old or if he is experiencing regular infection.
  • Your infant may be experiencing watery eyes due to an eyelash that is growing inward. Alternatively, a foreign object in your infant’s eye may be irritating it. In either case, your infant’s doctor will remove it [5].
  • If your infant has watery eyes due to an eyelash that is growing outward, he may require a surgical procedure. The doctor will tighten the tendon that keeps your infant’s outer eyelid in place.
  • The doctor may recommend a surgery if your infant has watery eyes due to a blocked tear duct. The doctor will create a new channel starting from the tear sac up to the inside of the nose if required.
  • Watery eyes in infants could also result in a sticky liquid forming around the eyes. Your infant’s doctor may advise you to keep the area clean. You can boil some water first and let it cool. Take a piece of cotton wool, soak it in water and gently clean your infant’s eyes [6].

[ Read: Eye Infections In Babies ]

  • The doctor may also try to massage your infant’s tear ducts to dislodge the tears that may have accumulated in its upper area. Massaging will also help your infant’s tear ducts to develop [7]. You may also do the same under proper medical supervision [8].

Watery eye is a very regular occurrence in most infants. Do not panic if you notice your infant with watery eyes. Speak to your infant’s doctor about it.

If your baby has suffered from watery eyes, please share your experience and tips here.

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