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Do all babies shut their eyes and cry in bright lights or sunlight?

Do all babies shut their eyes and cry in bright lights or sunlight?

No: No, certainly not all babies and children, but many do. Some people are simply more sensitive to bright lights than others. Many kids hate flash photos, for instance, while others don't seem to notice an issue.

However, children who complain about pain with light or children who previously were fine and now complain about a new problem with bright lights should be evaluated. ...Read more

Dr. Alan Mease
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Crying (Definition)

Crying = release of tears ...Read more


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Why does my three-week old son's tear come out from his right eye all the time even though he is not crying? My three-week old son has tear coming out of his right eye since he was born. I was told that it is common for infant and it will be gone later. B

Why does my three-week old son's tear come out from his right eye all the time even though he is not crying? My three-week old son has tear coming out of his right eye since he was born. I was told that it is common for infant and it will be gone later. B

Sounds: Sounds like a blocked tear duct. These generally resolve spontaneously and need to be addressed if it does not resolve after year 1. Seeing, your pedeatrician or ophthalmologist can provide you with guidance and reassurance and follow up care as necessary. ...Read more

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My 2 month old baby cole her eyes and sometimes cry in sunlight should I be worried?

My 2 month old baby cole her eyes and sometimes cry in sunlight should I be worried?

Needs to be checked: I assume you meant that the baby closes her eyes in sunlight. Although this may be normal, signs of congenital glaucoma include light sensitivity, closure of the eyes and tearing. The baby shlould be checked by your physician. ...Read more

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My child cried for a long time on our way home. Now there is a huge red splotch on the white of her eyes. What is this & why? Is it from her crying?

My child cried for a long time on our way home. Now there is a huge red splotch on the white of her eyes. What is this & why? Is it from her crying?

Scleral hemorrhage: A scleral hemorrhage occurs when tiny blood vessels in the eye burst, leaving bright red spots of blood in the white of the eye. The blood is trapped by the outermost layer of the eyeball, called the conjunctiva. Eventually, the blood will be absorbed by the eyeball and the red spot will fade in 2-3 weeks. ...Read more

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Can a 6 month old baby have night terror? My baby has been crying in his sleep during the night, without opening the eyes, what can I do?

Can a 6 month old baby have night terror? My baby has been crying in his sleep during the night, without opening the eyes, what can I do?

Separation anxiety: Does your baby cry or show displeasure when she loses sight of you? Does she do the same thing when somebody else picks her up and sees you away from her? If you answered yes, she is starting to show separation anxiety which usually appears at this age. These episodes are repeated in her sleep and cause her to cry. Just do nothing and ignore her crying. She will grow out of it in about 6 months. ...Read more

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What at-home techniques relieve epiphora in a newborn baby? My six-week-old has watery eyes all the time, even when she is not crying. Her doctor called this epiphora. Is there anything I can do at home to help this go away? .

What at-home techniques relieve epiphora in a newborn baby? My six-week-old has watery eyes all the time, even when she is not crying. Her doctor called this epiphora. Is there anything I can do at home to help this go away? .

Epiphora: Epiphora (poor tear drainage) in the newborn period is extremely common - 2-4% of all newborns will have it. It is usually due to an obstruction of the tear duct (newborn tear ducts are tiny!) and 95% of all cases get better on their own by the time the child is 1 years old. Two things that can help are for you to gently massage the tear ducts (inner eye corners) periodically and to use a clean wet washcloth to wipe away any occasional crusting from the tear buildup. Other than that, you will just have to wait until your child grows out of it. If your child is in the 5% that do not improve by 1 year, then your child's doctor will recommend an ophthalmologist (eye specialist) who can do a simple procedure to open the ducts. If the eye becomes red, swollen, or develops green drainage, call your child's doctor since it may be infected. ...Read more

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My 4 month old baby was sleep I saw rapid breathing, eyes got big arms were stiff and she started to cry, until I picked get up and she then relaxed?

My 4 month old baby was sleep I saw rapid breathing, eyes got big arms were stiff and she started to cry, until I picked get up and she then relaxed?

Nightmare: Like to know how often this happens. Babies do get nightmares. If it happens often, it may be a good idea to video it and let the pediatrician see it. ...Read more

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I have been crying off and on now for 24hrs, can that cause my one eye to be bloodshot and pain to bright lights?

I have been crying off and on now for 24hrs, can that cause my one eye to be bloodshot and pain to bright lights?

Eye irritation.: I would not be surprised that crying so much would cause an irritation of your eye which could manifest this way. If your symptoms do not resolve within a couple of days, you may want to have an ophthalmologist have a look at that eye just to be sure. ...Read more

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My 3-month old baby left eye keeps tearing up when he is not crying and it seems really watery and a little low. What can this be?

My 3-month old baby left eye keeps tearing up when he is not crying and it seems really watery and a little low. What can this be?

See eye doctor: Your baby is having tears because the tube which drains the tears is blocked. By massaging by the side of nose on left side usually helps. Otherwise consult eye doctor who will suggest a procedure to remove the block ...Read more

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10 mth baby boy seems very shy. He'll press his face into my chest to avoid making eye contact w/others he doesn't know or cry. What can I do to stop?

10 mth baby boy seems very shy. He'll press his face into my chest to avoid making eye contact w/others he doesn't know or cry. What can I do to stop?

Child Development: This is absolutely normal, on schedule, and as it should be for a ten month old child. He will grow out of this as his brain continues to develop and there will be a time when he becomes 'too' curious and you will worry the other way. There is nothing here to worry about at all. ...Read more

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My baby is suffering from facial nerve palsy due to birth trauma (as she cannot close her one eye and move her lip of left side while crying) please help?

My baby is suffering from facial nerve palsy due to birth trauma (as she cannot close her one eye and move her lip of left side while crying) please help?

Complex: If this is a rather recent birth, there may be spontaneous resolution within the next 6-8 weeks, but if this has been chronic, likely best to see a pediatric neurosurgeon, and discuss management. There may be some remote benefit to some medications and perhaps vitamin b-1, thiamine, and even less potential with steroids, but might be worth checking into. ...Read more

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What causes your eyes to hurt when crying?

What causes your eyes to hurt when crying?

Dry eye: This complaint is most common in patients with dry eyes. Other causes include any inflammation of the surface of the eye. Please see your specialist eye md (ophthalmologist) to have your eyes examined. ...Read more

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Why is it after I cry my eyes feel dry?

Altered surface: The ocular surface has a coating of mucous that is part of the tear film. Crying reduces this. The eye will feel dry until the eye re-creates the mucous layer. ...Read more

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Do your eyes get red when you cry?

Do your eyes get red when you cry?

Frequently, yes: The tears produced by crying can be somewhat irritating to the eyes, because they are not the typical minute to minute tears that lubricate the eye (they are more like "reflex tearing", or tearing in response to something getting in the eye). Plus, with actual crying, there tends to be increased facial congestion and some degree of eye rubbing, which can worsen the redness. ...Read more

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Why do my eyes feel itchy when I cry?

Why do my eyes feel itchy when I cry?

Itchy tears: Tears contain a variety of important proteins and factors that make them the ideal ocular lubricant and protection. Tears produced in crying are made by lacrimal glands and accessory tear glands capable of profuse tear production that is different than the baseline secretion of tears. Differences in this composition may account for the itchiness. Be sure to check for blepharitis. ...Read more

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Why do your eyes get red when you cry?

Why do your eyes get red when you cry?

Red eyes: This is actually a very good question and it would seem like the answer would be simple and straight forward. The most likely cause is related to a valsalva maneuver. When we cry, we often hold our breath somewhat and this retards the flow of blood into the lungs and increases back pressure on the venous side of our circulation. This causes blood vessels to be engorged, including the eye. ...Read more

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How do I treat my red-rimmed eyes from crying?

How do I treat my red-rimmed eyes from crying?

Cold compresses: It goes away without doing anything with time. You might try cold compresses. ...Read more

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Is it normal for my eyes to be itchy when I cry?

Is it normal for my eyes to be itchy when I cry?

It can be: Tears contain multiple ingredients, some of which can be irritating in large enough quantities. Additionally, when people cry, they often rub their eyes, which creates a reaction that is similar to what occurs during an allergic reaction. This may be the main cause of your symptoms. ...Read more

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Can crying make your eyes too sensitive to light?

Can crying make your eyes too sensitive to light?

Any irritation will: Crying causes irritation of the glands and surfaces of your eye, which can make them light sensitive. It may sound weird, but try using some artificial tears a few times a day. ...Read more

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How to reduce swelling in my eyes after excessive crying?

How to reduce swelling in my eyes after excessive crying?

If the swelling is..: ..From crying, then it will go down naturally after you stop. That said, tea bags (black tea) are an excellent compress for the eyes. They contain tannic acid, which is a natural astringent and anti-inflammatory. ...Read more

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Can you suggest a means to get my eyes to stop burning after I cry?

Eye drops: I am so sorry that you have a need for crying. When you cry it is with salt and water tears that wash out the oils and wetting agents your eye needs for comfort. Until they are naturally replaced, you may experience some burning. You can find eyedrops rich in wetting agents which can short this period of discomfort. Hopefully you can eliminate the need for crying in you life. ...Read more

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I was crying last night and now my eyes are puffy. How do I get rid of it?

I was crying last night and now my eyes are puffy. How do I get rid of it?

Chamomile: Make a couple of bags of chamomile tea, drain the bags and put them in the fridge to cool.
Once they are cool enough but not frozen, apply to your puffy lids. It should help! ...Read more

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Dehydration? My eyes feel like I've been crying for days but I haven't. Also niggly headache & dizzyness on/off

Dehydration? My eyes feel like I've been crying for days but I haven't. Also niggly headache & dizzyness on/off

You may have dry eye: There are many things that can cause your symptoms. One of the most common problems that could be causing your symptoms, is dry eyes. It can cause pain and redness in the eyes and also headache if it is severe enough. Other causes are iritis, scleritis, or corneal problems. So it is important to see someone. Ophthalmologists are trained to evaluate you for this particulate issue. ...Read more

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My eyes swell up a lot during and after crying, sometimes lasting for more than 24 hours after. Could this be a kind of allergic reaction?

My eyes swell up a lot during and after crying, sometimes lasting for more than 24 hours after. Could this be a kind of allergic reaction?

Unlikely: Swelling of the area around the eyes is typical after crying and can persist for longer than a day. A contact allergy would likely involve swelling that persisted for longer than this. Environmental allergies can cause swelling, but it would not change in nature in relation to crying. ...Read more