How Old Does The Baby Shed Tears?
Hello doctor. Sya Tika My baby is now 5 months old. But until now every time he cries he never tears? Is this reasonable, doctor? Please explain, doctor. thank you
Hello Tika, thank you for asking at HealthReplies.com.
Under normal circumstances, a baby generally can produce tears at around 2 weeks from birth, but indeed the tears are quite difficult to see until around the age of 7-8 months after birth and production will increase with the increasing age of the child . If above that age a baby or child does not produce tears every time you cry, there are several conditions that might cause this, such as:
A disturbance in the crying reflex
Abnormalities / defects from birth where there is no tear production
Disorders of the tear-producing glands
and several other possibilities
Because your child is only 5 months old there is still a possibility that your child is actually shedding tears but is still not directly visible to you. But to determine whether the condition is still within reasonable limits or is already a disorder, then you should bring your child for further examination by an eye specialist. Your child may be asked to do several tests to assess the reflexes and production of tears to help determine whether your child's condition is still normal or not. Once known, the new doctor will determine what therapy can be done if your child really needs therapy.
While this is at home, you can help give artificial tears to your child's eyes, if you see your child's eyes appear dry (their eyes turn red and dry). Make sure your child doesn't try to rub his eyes using his hands. Also avoid direct sunlight on the eyes, the use of hats can help reduce the exposure. Also avoid direct exposure to smoke in your child's eyes.
I hope this helps.