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Dacryostenosis is a condition that causes narrowing or blockage in one or both of your child's tear ducts. The tear duct is the pathway that drains tears from your child's eye into his nose. When the tear duct is blocked, tears build up and run down your child's face. Your child may have been born with dacryostenosis. A thin film may block part or all of his tear duct.



  • Medicines may help decrease inflammation or prevent an infection.
  • Do not give aspirin to children under 18 years of age. Your child could develop Reye syndrome if he takes aspirin. Reye syndrome can cause life-threatening brain and liver damage. Check your child's medicine labels for aspirin, salicylates, or oil of wintergreen.
  • Give your child's medicine as directed. Contact your child's healthcare provider if you think the medicine is not working as expected. Tell him or her if your child is allergic to any medicine. Keep a current list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs your child takes. Include the amounts, and when, how, and why they are taken. Bring the list or the medicines in their containers to follow-up visits. Carry your child's medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Follow up with your child's healthcare provider as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Care for your child at home:

  • Massage your child's tear ducts as directed. This may help remove any blockage or discharge and prevent infection. You may hear a soft popping sound when you massage your child's eye. Clean your child's eye with warm water before and after the massage.
  • Apply heat on your child's eye for 20 to 30 minutes every 2 hours for as many days as directed. Heat helps decrease swelling.

Contact your child's healthcare provider if:

  • Your child has a fever.
  • Your child's eye is red, swollen, or draining yellow fluid.
  • Your child seems weak and is irritable.
  • Your child has a nosebleed.
  • You have questions or concerns about your child's condition or care.

Return to the emergency department if:

  • Your child has severe pain.
  • Your child's eye starts to bleed.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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