Excessive tears in babies are a symptom of multiple eye disorders and can be accompanied by redness, discomfort and even infectious secretions. Both conjunctivitis and obstruction of the tear ducts or congenital glaucoma can be diseases that cause the onset of cloudy and abundant tears on your baby's cheeks. Go to the doctor if you notice that one or both eyes tear too much, for an accurate diagnosis and proper treatment!
What are the causes of excessive tears in babies?
Most of the time, excessive tears in the eyes suggest the presence of a viral or bacterial infection, but in babies the main cause of this symptom is the blocking of the tear ducts.
At birth, children have non-perforated tear ducts. The holes naturally appear within a few days, then the tears begin to invade the eyes, to moisten them, which then drain into the nose. However, there are exceptions.
In about 30% of babies, the holes do not form spontaneously and need medical intervention to be created and to allow tears to flow through the channels. Even in babies, excessive tears can have other causes.
Viral or bacterial infections, such as conjunctivitis or pitch, are very common in children. Tear is accompanied, in this situation, by the redness of the eyes. The little one will feel increased discomfort, which will cause him to always carry the handle to the affected eye and to rub.
Congenital glaucoma is another condition that could be the cause of the excessive tear symptom. The disease also manifests by increasing intraocular pressure. Therefore, it is very important for the baby to be taken to the ophthalmologist as soon as possible, because only on the basis of a thorough medical consultation can the condition be discovered.
One of the rarest causes of excessive tear is retinoblastoma, a specific tumor that can be detected very early if the baby is taken to an ophthalmologist.
How is excessive tears treated in babies?
Excessive tears are just one symptom that can be the basis of many diseases. When one or both of your baby's eyes show blurry and abundant tears, possibly accompanied by redness and yellow secretions, go quickly to the doctor.
Only after careful ophthalmological consultation can the diagnosis be made and the appropriate treatment prescribed. In the case of obstruction or blockage of the tear duct in babies, the ophthalmologist will mechanically drill the points to create holes. It is an invasive but painless procedure. It requires sedation of the baby.
If the baby is diagnosed with a viral or bacterial infection, the doctor will prescribe a prescription that will recommend products for careful eye care, with sterile compresses and physiological salts, but also antiseptic solutions with local application. The eye solutions can be anti-inflammatory or antibacterial, depending on the nature of the infection that the baby has.
In the case of the diagnosis of congenital glaucoma, the doctor will determine, in the first phase, whether it is primary (by itself) or associated with other congenital eye disorders. Glaucoma treatment consists of surgery, performed under general anesthesia. It is very important for the glaucoma to be detected as soon as possible and to operate on time, because the consequences of its detection and non-treatment are very serious, reaching even blindness.
The treatment of retinoblastoma is very complex and involves several specialists, being a multidisciplinary effort, and it takes into account several factors (tumor position, size, age of the child, other existing eye disorders, etc.). The therapy combines local chemotherapy with surgery, with high chances of success in the case of early detection.
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