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Is it normal that my baby doesn't shed tears when she cries?

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Dr. Julia Sundel
Pediatrics
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In brief: Yes

Your baby's tear ducts don't fully develop until 8 months of age.
Also, your baby won't produce as many tears if the crying is not due to sadness or pain. Perhaps he/she is simply trying to get your attention.

In brief: Yes

Your baby's tear ducts don't fully develop until 8 months of age.
Also, your baby won't produce as many tears if the crying is not due to sadness or pain. Perhaps he/she is simply trying to get your attention.
Dr. Julia Sundel
Dr. Julia Sundel
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Dr. Scott Katz
Pediatrics

In brief: Yes

Yes it is normal and common.
Your baby does make enough tears to keep their eyes moist, but there is a system in place to properly drain the excess moisture into the nose. Babies who have a narrow or blocked tear duct (dacrostenosis) always seem to be teary and actually are the infants who may need intervention if they don't outgrow the problem in the first year.

In brief: Yes

Yes it is normal and common.
Your baby does make enough tears to keep their eyes moist, but there is a system in place to properly drain the excess moisture into the nose. Babies who have a narrow or blocked tear duct (dacrostenosis) always seem to be teary and actually are the infants who may need intervention if they don't outgrow the problem in the first year.
Dr. Scott Katz
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