Advertisement

What causes my baby to wake up with crusted eyelids?

When a baby awakens with crusting of the eyelids and eyelashes, there are a few possible causes. Assuming there is no tearing during the day, there might be narrowing of the tear drainage system. This is a very common problem among infants and toddlers. Most resolve during the first two years of life, although some might need surgery.

Other possibilities include a low-grade infection of the eyelashes and eyelid margin. In an older child, allergy could also be a possibility. These will likely take an examination to correctly diagnose.

Continue Learning about Eye and Vision

Clear Cloudy Vision with Cataract Surgery
Clear Cloudy Vision with Cataract Surgery
Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but if you have cataracts -- a condition marked by protein clumps in the lenses of the eyes that cause cloud...
Read More
What are the treatment options for viral eye infections?
Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhDDr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Because a virus causes it, there is no way to cure a viral eye infection. Doctors will sometimes pre...
More Answers
10 Things Your Vision Reveals About Your Health
10 Things Your Vision Reveals About Your Health10 Things Your Vision Reveals About Your Health10 Things Your Vision Reveals About Your Health10 Things Your Vision Reveals About Your Health
Changes in your vision may be signs of other medical conditions.
Start Slideshow
What Is Diabetic Eye Disease?
What Is Diabetic Eye Disease?

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.