Sticky eyed baby.

Babies are often born with sticky eyes, either due to a blocked tear duct or compression around this area during delivery.

Directly after the birth you may notice the eyes and the area around the bridge of the nose looking puffy.

What can you do?


  • Keep your baby’s eyes clean to avoid infection.
  • Gently cleanse your baby’s eyes with cooled boiled water or breast milk wiping from inner to outer eye using clean cotton wool for each eye.
  • Do not try to prise your baby’s eyelids open if they are stuck together.
  • Take your baby to see a GP if light seems to hurt their eyes, the eye is inflamed, angry or red or if the structure of the eye or eyelid doesn’t seem right.

What can an osteopath do?

  • Osteopathic treatment can be helpful for blocked tear ducts.
  • The osteopath can gently manipulate the upper and mid part of the face to enable the tear ducts to unblock.
  • Massage the tear duct and teach you how to do the same at home.

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