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Natural Care for Blocked Tear Ducts

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: Clogged tear ducts is fairly common in newborns. Learn how you can care for your little one safely and naturally.
Air Date: 2/26/14
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Corinn Cross, MD
dr cori crossDr. Corinn Cross was born and raised in New Jersey. She attended Barnard College where she graduated cum laude and majored in philosophy. She went on to attend the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark, NJ, where she was selected for the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. Dr. Cross did her internship and residency in pediatrics at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Cross has continued to work at CHLA as a general pediatrics attending.

Dr. Cross is actively involved in her local AAP, Chapter 2, where she is an obesity champion. She is co-founder of the Fit to Play and Learn Obesity Prevention curriculum. Through a collaboration between AAP Chapter 2 and the L.A. Unified School District this curriculum is being used to educate at-risk students and their parents on the risks of obesity and to help them to lead healthier lives. Dr. Cross is an AAP Spokesperson and speaks to children throughout the L.A. school district about obesity, healthy lifestyles and the benefits of walking to school.

Dr. Cross is a member of the Executive Board for the AAP's Council on Communications and Media. She is the Editor of the Council on Communications and Media's blog.
Natural Care for Blocked Tear Ducts
Clogged tear ducts, aka nasolacrimal duct stenosis, is a fairly common problem among newborns.

The tear duct's opening is located on the inner portion of the lower eyelid and runs from the eyelid to the inside of the nose where it drains into the nasal cavity.

For a small percentage of children, the inferior portion of the duct remains closed after birth and does not allow tears to drain properly.

For these children, tears flow over the lower lid and down their cheeks.

Learning and using the proper massage techniques is essential in order to avoid infection and subsequent surgery.

By diligently massaging the discharge out of the sac and duct, you can reduce the pressure and bacterial build up within the system and buy your little one time to outgrow this problem naturally.

Join Dr. Corinn Cross as she explains the proper techniques.
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