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As parents, you will try your best to keep your baby comfortable and happy but your efforts may seem useless if your baby cries for some reason or the other. Your baby may not always cry because of pain or discomfort, sometimes it could be just to get your attention. Your baby may also not shed tears while crying, but you may not have noticed that…did you? If you did, then you will perhaps consider ‘no tears’ as a sign of fake cries or tantrums, but that may not be the case always. To know more, read the following article.
Is It Normal for Newborns to Cry Without Tears?
Yes, it is very normal for a newborn baby to cry without tears. This is because sometimes a newborn’s tear ducts are not fully matured and hence he is unable to produce actual tears. A baby generally starts shedding tears when his tear ducts open up, which happens when the baby grows.
When Do Babies Start Crying with Tears?
If you notice your newborn baby crying with no tears, it may concern you as a parent. But you need not concern yourself as this happens with almost all the babies. Your baby may start shedding tears around the second week of his birth, as by this time the tear ducts open up and there is a river of tears. Sometimes, a baby may not shed tears for one to three months of age, but this is also considered normal. Some babies cry without tears because of blocked tear ducts, while other babies may cry because of some underlying medical condition. So, if you are wondering when do tears develop for babies? The answer is, it usually happens a few weeks after birth, but in some babies, it may take a bit longer. However, you may get in touch with your doctor to check if your baby has some problem with his tear ducts or other medical condition that hampers his tear production.
Eye Conditions That May Affect an Infant’s Tear Production
There are certain eye conditions that may hamper the production of tears in your baby. Here we shall be discussing some of these conditions:
This condition may occur due to irritation, infection, or because of clogged tear ducts. In this case, your baby may have red or swollen eyes, and thus this condition may affect your baby’s tear production.
2. Blocked Tear Ducts or Dacryostenosis
One of the most common reasons for hampered tear production in babies is blocked tear ducts. This condition occurs when the passage that helps in draining the tears gets blocked.
3. Lazy Eyes
This is a condition which may lead to vision problems in a baby. The treatment may involve adjusting the vision of the weaker eye to match the vision of the stronger eye by using eye drops or patching. This condition may also affect your baby’s tears.
4. Strabismus or Crossed Eyes
Sometimes due to poor eye muscle control or farsightedness, babies tear production gets impacted. However, in most cases, this condition may get better on its own as and when the baby grows and when his face starts getting bigger.
5. Cataract in Babies
Cataract can affect babies too. This condition may sometimes be present at birth or it may develop in the later stages. Whatever the case is, a surgical intervention will be required for its treatment. However, a cataract can affect your baby’s tear production too.
This is a kind of cancer that affects the retina. In this condition, the retina of the baby looks pink or white when the light is flashed on the pupils. The other symptoms of this rare condition may include vision problems, redness, and pain. This condition may also affect the tear production in babies.
Sometimes glaucoma may be present at birth, and in some cases, it may develop later. The symptoms of this fatal condition may include light sensitivity, cloudy eyes, fussiness etc. If you register any such symptoms in your baby, you should seek medical help at once as this condition may lead to fatal complications, which may include loss to the optic nerves and in some cases even vision loss may occur. This condition may create problems in your baby’s tear formation too.
It is very common for babies to not shed tears for a few days or weeks after birth or till their tear ducts mature completely. However, if you notice any eye conditions such as those mentioned in your baby or you have any concerns regarding your baby’s tear production, you should get in touch with your doctor to know more.
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