Tear Duct Probing, Child

Care After

Refer to this sheet in the next few weeks. These instructions provide you with information on caring for your child after the procedure. The child's caregiver may also give you specific instructions. The child's treatment was planned according to the most current medical practices, but problems sometimes occur. Call the child's caregiver after the procedure if your child has any problems, or if you have questions.


  • Give medicine to your child only as directed by the caregiver. Ask the child's caregiver what type of medicine you should give. Do not give the child aspirin.

  • Give your child antibiotic eyedrops or ointments as directed. Follow the directions carefully.

  • Give your child only clear liquids for as long as directed. Good options are water, juice, gelatin, and popsicles. Breastfed babies can continue breastfeeding.

  • If your child is old enough to eat solid food, offer him or her food when he or she no longer feels nauseous.

  • Keep your child calm. Rest and play quietly for 1–2 days. Have your child return to regular activities slowly.

  • Bath your child as normal.

  • Keep all follow-up appointments.


  • Your child has blood in their tears or nasal discharge for more than 2 days.

  • Your child has pain for more than 2 days, or the pain increases.

  • Your child's pain medicine does not seem to help.

  • Your infant is more fussy than usual, or he or she is fussy for longer than 2 days.


  • Your child has swelling or redness around the eye.

  • Your child has eye or nasal discharge that is green or yellow.

  • Your child's tears or nasal discharge are red, not pink.

  • Your child has trouble seeing.

  • Your child is older than 3 months and has a fever and symptoms that persist for more than 72 hours.

  • Your child is 3 months old or younger and has a fever and symptoms that suddenly get worse.


  • Understand these instructions.

  • Watch the child's condition.

  • Get help right away if the child is not doing well or gets worse.