The eyes are protected by eyelashes and eyelids. Babies especially have delicate eyes. The tearducts in babies often produce more moisture than those of adults. This is important because the baby's defensive system still has to develop. Tears contain an enzyme that provides protection against infections.
The more the baby's eyes water, the greater the chance of crusts forming around the eye. These crusts must be carefully removed.
In addition to water, tear fluid also consists of mucus. This mucus plays an important role in the wetting of the eyes. When this mucus dries, it is possible that crusts form around the eyelids and eyelashes. In small children, the tear ducts are often not sufficiently developed to drain all tear fluid through the nose. This causes the small eyes to quickly get watery, resulting in crusting around the eyelids and eyelashes. The crusts make the eyes more susceptible to bacterial infections, so it is important to clean the baby's eyes properly.
You can recognize inflamed eyes by the dirt that comes out of the baby's eyes. If you feel that the eye is very inflamed, start by carefully cleaning the eye, but also make an appointment with the GP for an appointment. Sometimes antibiotics are necessary.
Cleaning the eyes
Boil some water and get a sterile gauze, after the water has cooled, wet the gauze. Carefully wipe the nose a few times from the outside of the eye. For the other eye, use a new sterile gauze. This way you can prevent both eyes from getting inflamed.