Do babies get tears when they cry?

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A few social media users claim that newborn babies do not have tears when they cry. We fact-checked and found that the claim is True.

The Claim

A few social media posts claim that babies do not shed tears in the first few weeks. One such post is given below.

Fact Check

Do new born babies cry?

Of course, newborn babies cry. Experts say, “It’s normal for a baby to cry for 2–3 hours a day for the first 6 weeks.” In fact, a number of complexities have been reported about babies who DO NOT cry.

Do newborn babies get tears when they cry?

No. When an infant is born, in normal conditions his tear glands are still under development. It may take 2 weeks to 3 months for an infant to develop tear glands.

What should you watch out for when tear glands develop?

When the tear glands are forming, some newborn babies develop a blocked tear duct, which is a blockage of the pathway that carries tears from the eye to the nose. As a result, the tears flow back into the eyes and the babies have a constant water eye symptom. Normally, it is not a major cause of concern. Do consult your pediatrician in such cases.

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Disclaimer
Medical Science is an ever evolving field. We strive to keep this page updated. In case you notice any discrepancy in the content, please inform us at [email protected]. You can further read our Correction Policy here. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website or it's social media channels. Read our Full Disclaimer Here for further information.

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