Usually there is no underlying infection, and simple salt-water washes are sufficient.
This is very common in young babies. Cotton wool soaked in saline should be used two to three times per day. The problem resolves in a few days, but can recur. Sometimes conjunctivitis in babies is caused by infections which do require antibiotic treatment. The eye will usually be red and inflamed with pus, rather than simply sticky with yellow secretions. In this case you should see your doctor so the eye can be swabbed and appropriate antibiotics started.
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