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Your baby's eyes are observed for any signs of stickiness, redness or discharge. Special cleaning of your baby's eyes is not required unless your baby develops an infection. This can occur for no apparent reason and appears as a yellow discharge in one or both eyes. If this happens, your midwife may take a swab or arrange for your doctor to prescribe treatment. Your midwife will also show you how to clean the eyes properly. It is common for a newborn to have poor control of its eyes and appear cross-eyed at times but this should decrease as the eye muscles strengthen. The eyes usually look blue-gray or brown. In general, your baby's permanent eye colour will be apparent within six to 12 months.