One such theory is that blinking helps keep the eye lubricated but since babies have smaller eyes and sleep much more than adults, their eyes do not need as much lubrication and hence blink less. According to Bacher, infants are also exposed to a lot of brand new visual information, which affects their blinking rate.
In normal circumstances, newborns blink at the rate of less than two times per minute. In childhood, the blink rate rises. Thus, by about age 14, the blink rate rises to about 10 blinks per minute.
If your baby’s eyes seem to jump, vibrate back and forth, or move erratically in a way that looks unusual to you, he or she may have nystagmus. This condition may signal that the eyes’ motor system is not developing normally.
When should I be concerned about my newborn?
If your newborn has any of the following, call your doctor immediately: Rectal temperature above 100.4°F (38°C) Rectal temperature below 97.8°F (36.5°C) Any breathing problems, like difficulty breathing or fast breathing.
Newborns usually blink on a rate of 2 times per minute. This increases to 14-17 times per minute in adolescence and remains at this rate throughout life. Blinking can increase in response to pain, bright light, changes in tears, changes in temperature and humidity.
Why do babies stare?
The main reason babies stare is that their brains are developing and growing at an exponential rate. In fact, the more you play with your baby and engage with him/her, the better his/her brain will develop.
A severe decrease in blinking is seen chiefly in Parkinson’s disease, a brain disorder that impairs movement and coordination. The decrease in blinking may be accompanied by facial paralysis and apparent staring or lack of facial expression (masked facies).
Do newborns move their eyes a lot?
Their eyes may move independently of each other, and this is perfectly normal. It takes time for your newborn baby to learn to use their eyes and strengthen their eye muscles. The problem should resolve itself by the time your baby is three months old.