Overflow tearing and chronic eye infections in infants
Abnormal or overflow eye tearing is a common condition in infants.
In fact, approximately one-third of all newborns have excessive tears and mucus. It occurs when a membrane (a skin-like tissue) in the nose fails to open before birth, blocking part of the tear drainage system. If tears do not drain properly, they can collect inside the tear drainage system and spill over the eyelid onto the cheek. The tear sac can also become infected, which may lead to the development of conjunctivitis, commonly known as “pink eye.” You should contact your primary care physician or ophthalmologist (Eye M.D.) if the discharge becomes thicker or changes color from white to yellow or green, or the white of the eye becomes red.