Receive $10 off & free shipping!*

Sign up for our newsletter that grows with your child!


* $10 savings offer is valid on all orders of $75+ after discounts, and before charges for gift wrap, shipping & processing and/or taxes are applied. Free shipping offer applies to standard shipping charges to U.S. addresses only; Canadian shipping charges, rush charges and/or large item surcharges are additional. Offer is valid online only. If order is shipped to more than one address, offer applies to first "ship-to" address only.

  • Upon sign up to our Fisher Price email database the offer will be emailed to your inbox within 1 day.
  • By clicking submit you are agreeing to recieve emails and notifications from Fisher-Price
icon-arrow-down icon icon-arrow-fill-down icon icon-arrow-next icon icon-arrow-prev icon icon-tag-close icon
Why are my newborn's eyes teary?
By Karen Sokal-Gutierrez
Pamela Louisville
Pamela, it sounds like your baby probably has a blocked tear duct, technically known as “nasolacrimal duct obstruction.” This is common in babies, usually in the first few weeks of life, and is usually nothing to worry about.

Our eyes are constantly making tears to lubricate, clean and protect the eyes. The tears are made in the tear glands around the eyes. They bathe the eyes, and they drain out through the tear ducts and flow out into the nose.

In many babies, the tear duct isn’t completely developed at birth. The baby’s tear duct can be naturally narrow or it can be plugged by swelling or mucus. When this happens, the tears can’t flow out through the tear duct so they back up and cause wetness and mucus around the eyes. When this dries, it can appear crusty. Sometimes this can lead to an infection of the tear duct or the conjunctiva lining of the eye.

Be sure to have your baby’s doctor examine your daughter. If this is just a simple blocked tear duct, the usual treatment is to gently clean her eyelids with a clean, warm, moist washcloth. You can also gently massage her tear ducts two to three times a day. With a clean finger, gently stroke the area from the inside corner of her eye downward to the bridge of her nose. If the doctor determines that your baby also has an infection, she might prescribe antibiotic eye drops or ointment.

Usually, the blocked tear ducts open up on their own as the baby grows over the first few months of life. If the problems continue past 1 year of age, your baby’s doctor might recommend consultation with a pediatric ophthalmologist about a procedure to help open up the tear ducts.