As a new mother, there are a lot of things you get scared of when it comes to your toddler. One thing I was particularly fearful of was my toddler blinking a lot, as I thought it meant a sickness. But when I started searching about the potential causes (and a quick call to the doctor, of course), I learned a lot.
There are various reasons why you find your toddler blinking eyes a lot. To learn why and how to stop it, or when it’s time to go to a doctor, read on! I’ll show you why you see your child blinking a lot.
Why Is My Toddler Blinking a Lot?
Sometimes, toddlers and children would blink excessively for a few months until it begins to normalize.
Did you know that infants and toddlers don’t blink as many times as the normal adult does? They blink once or twice a minute! This is because their vision isn’t fully developed yet, doing so as they grow.
So it can be quite a concern when you notice them blinking a lot more than usual. Sometimes, toddlers and children would blink excessively for a few months until it begins to normalize.
But when does it get too much and why? There are various reasons why and usually, there’s no need to worry.
Foreign Particle In Eyes
Small dirt particles can build up in our eyes and some toddlers won’t know how to remove them. Instead, they feel irritated and would blink a lot like an attempt to lessen the discomfort.
Dry or Cold Weather
During the cold weather, your heaters can also cause dryness, heating the air and causing excessive blinking for moisturizing the eyes.
Dry or cold weather can cause dry eyes, and to help moisturize their eyes, toddlers would blink a lot. During the cold weather, your heaters can also cause dryness, heating the air and causing excessive blinking for moisturizing the eyes.
Focus On Something For Too Long
If we focus on something for too long, we don’t blink our eyes as often. So if your toddler has been reading or watching for a long period, they’ll tend to blink a lot after doing so.
Lack of Magnesium
Lack of magnesium tends to constrict the impulse flow around the nerve and muscles. As a result, he tends to blink even more.
Stress or Anxiety
Instead of expressing his feelings, he would internalize it, projecting it through excessive blinking.
When your toddler’s a bit older, he might feel stressed or anxious about something. Instead of expressing his feelings, he would internalize it, projecting it through excessive blinking.
How to Treat Excessive Blinking In Toddler
Now that you’re familiar with why your toddler may be blinking a lot, how can you remedy it? Here are some things to learn about:
Check For Any Foreign Particles or Infections
If ever you spot some signs of infections, take them to the doctor immediately to have it checked.
The main reason why your little one may be blinking a lot may come from foreign particles. However, unlike us adults, some toddlers don’t have the mobility (or knowledge) to rub or remove the foreign particle from their eyes.
So if you find them blinking excessively, take a close look around the eyes to see if there is a small dust particle you can remove. Wipe their eyes with baby wipes or wash it a bit with a damp cloth. If ever you spot some signs of infections, take them to the doctor immediately to have it checked.
Identify the Environment and Feeling
. If ever you see him fidgeting while blinking a lot, I recommend that you try to spend time with him and help identify what he feels and what triggers his emotions.
If ever your toddler’s excessive blinking is due to the weather and room environment, try setting the temperature to something healthier and more comfortable. You might even want to consider humidifiers in the room, which lessens the dryness that causes excessive blinking.
Besides this, your toddler’s excessive blinking can be driven from emotions as well. If ever you see him fidgeting while blinking a lot, I recommend that you try to spend time with him and help identify what he feels and what triggers his emotions.
Give Them the Right Nutrition
Do NOT give them any refined sugar or processed foods with a lot of hydrogenated oils.
The usual culprit of excessive blinking is not having enough nutrition. Because toddlers are very energetic and have growing bodies, they require a lot of nutrition to replenish and develop. So make sure that you sit them down and try “new” foods together, encouraging them to eat it because you are.
I highly recommend that you begin feeding them healthy fruits and vegetables such as avocados, natural cheese, broccoli, eggs, fish, peanut butter, berries, chicken, plain yogurt, and other natural foods high in vitamins, especially magnesium. This helps with your child’s eye health and overall wellbeing. Do NOT give them any refined sugar or processed foods with a lot of hydrogenated oils.
When to Take Them to the Doctor
It can either be treated with therapies or medication if required.
Unfortunately, there are times when you’ll need to take them to the doctor. Here are the signs that require medical attention:
•Their eyes turn their eyes a lot and squint it frequently
•Can’t look at objects properly without closing one eye
•One eye drifts away while looking at things
•Crusted or swollen eyelids
•Redness in the eyes or eyelids
•Any sores, styes, or bumps on the eyelids
•Eyelid has an unusual position
•Scratch in the cornea or corneal damage
•Signs of allergies, infections, or dry eyes
•Experiencing other symptoms of Tourette’s Syndrome (though rare)
If ever you feel ilk they’ve very uncomfortable or in pain, they’ll need to be evaluated for any physical or psychological conditions that cause the excessive blinking to treat immediately. It can either be treated with therapies or medication if required.
Wrapping It Up
Whether you see your toddler blinking hard or too much, it’s best to monitor it. While it’s typical of them to blink a lot, it can become excessive and worrying. Through knowing what to do, you’ll be able to prevent it from worsening.
I hope this article answered your question on why your toddler’s blinking a lot. So if you notice your toddler blinking a lot, refer to this information and check it out with his doctor now.
If you have any questions or want to share your own experiences with toddler excessive blinking, then comment below. Your thoughts are much appreciated.