Do Newborns Have Tears or Sweat?

When a baby is first born, it has a distinctive scream that is specific to this stage in its life. It is a sign of health and vitality and will be heard often by the baby’s parents in the days and weeks following the birth. There are several differences between this cry and an older baby’s. For example, it will usually be a cry without tears. Tears are necessary to any human, especially small ones! They are necessary in protecting our eyes and keeping them moist all day. Sage Timberline, a paediatrician at the University of California Children’s Hospital, told Live Science, ‘We cry when we are faced with extreme emotions, such as anger, sadness, and even joy. This temporary anxiety is a resistance that causes tears to protect the eyes; these tears can also help to release anxiety-causing hormones that may have accumulated before, contributing to the feeling of relief that comes after a good cry.

It is an important job to keep them cool

Although a baby is born with tear ducts, they are not yet fully developed. They cover the eye and help to keep it moist; they can produce tears but not quite enough to form those full teardrops that we know so well.” Timberline added, “After about 3 or 4 weeks, a baby will be able to produce full tears as their ducts will have fully developed.” A newborn baby’s eyes and skin tend to be dry, and they hardly sweat, no matter how hot they get. This is because, like tear ducts, the sweat glands are not yet fully functioning. Since newborns are not able to sweat and regulate their own temperature, it is an important job of the parent to keep them cool. They should pay close attention to any signs of overheating, such as flushed or red skin, rapid breathing, and limited limb movement. If your baby is too hot, removing a layer of clothing or using a fan to circulate air can be helpful. With a little bit of effort and careful attention, you can get through this stage with your precious little one.

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