When a child is in utero, the greater amount of time his eyes are closed. The structure of the eye is such that at the inner corner there are tear ducts and a tear sack where tears and any secret are collected. This bag opens into the nasal cavity, where excess tears or fluids flow. At the child, when he is at the mother's abdomen, this canal can be closed by a mucous stopper, which after birth must depart. But it happens that it does not completely retreat or remains in the same place. This leads to the fact that tears can not flow freely from the mucous sac and stagnate there, which causes inflammation. This process is called dacryocystitis.
Symptoms of dacryocystitis mum can see right away when the child cries. This is often a one-way process, so changes occur on one eye. In this case, the inner eyelid of the eye swells and tears constantly. After sleep, a cork can form there, which even hampers the normal opening of the eye. If the process is prolonged, then the discharge from the eye can be purulent and green. The body temperature can rise, as a reaction to such local inflammation.
In any case, in order to confirm the diagnosis, an ophthalmologist must be consulted.
Treatment is carried out first by conservative methods. Initial therapy is a massage of the eyelid, which improves the outflow of secretion and can pierce the plug. If the process is purulent, then the massage is not shown, as there will be a spread of infection. In this case, treatment with antibiotics and invasive interventions can begin.
Massage with dacryocystitis is done by the mother according to the doctor's instructions. This treatment can be used for two to four weeks. As a rule, it is very effective and enough for everything to pass. But if such treatment is ineffective, then the lacrimal canal is probed, thereby piercing this mucous plug.
Indications for such a procedure is dacryocystitis, which is not treated with a massage. If the case is started, sometimes it is probed right after the diagnosis is established.