Eye discharge in newborns is common and often the result of a blocked tear duct. The blockage will usually clear up by itself within 4 to 6 months. However, newborns with eye redness, eye discharge, or excessive watering from the eyes should see a doctor to diagnose the cause and to rule out an eye infection.
What does it mean when a baby has green eye boogers?
Green eye discharge in children
It’s more common for children than adults to have eye discharge from an infection when they have colds. A blocked tear duct is common in infants under 1 year old. It will usually clear up on its own with no treatment within their first year.
When should I take my baby to the doctor for eye discharge?
When Treatment Is Needed
If the tear duct is still blocked and the eye discharge continues up to the baby’s first birthday, you should see your child’s doctor. They may refer you to a pediatric eye specialist, as it may need surgery.
What causes green discharge from eyes?
Eye discharge may be white, yellow, or green. Yellow or green discharge usually indicates that you have a bacterial infection in your eye. A bacterial infection should be checked by a doctor and may require prescription medication or eye drops.
Can a cold cause eye discharge in baby?
Viral conjunctivitis (pink eye)
Discharge associated with viral pink eye is usually watery and clear, but a white or light yellow-colored mucus may occur. Eye discharge in babies with a cold can usually be treated at home, but infections should be treated by a doctor.
What color should eye discharge be?
Eye discharge may be white, yellow, or green. Yellow or green discharge usually indicates that you have a bacterial infection in your eye. A bacterial infection should be checked by a doctor and may require prescription medication or eye drops. White discharge is likely not an infection.
Does teething cause gunky eyes?
New-born babies often have ‘blocked’ tear-ducts (about 1 in 5 babies) and this may cause them to have watery or sticky eyes.