A toddler blinking hard or fast and excessively is one of the common complaints in the clinic.
These forceful blinks are a major concern for most parents as these blinks can really get to you.
So what exactly is causing your toddler to blink a lot?
These persistent blinks can really get to you.
There are a lot of reasons as to why a toddler blinks fast and hard:
It can either be caused by something very trivial or something more serious.
CONSULT A DOCTOR IF YOU ARE UNSURE OF THE CAUSE
If you look at the list, you can easily (most of the time) identify the cause.
Do note, the medical conditions involved are rare.
Let’s have a look at each of them.
Most of the time, the white part of the eyes will be affected.
Be it an allergy or an infection.
These are the signs:
These red eyes are also called conjunctivitis.
If there is redness of the white part of the eye:
If there is redness over the eyelid:
If it is a form of allergy:
Take some time and talk to your kid.
Anxiety and hard blinking of eyes are associated with one another, psychologically.
It is possible that your child is going through some issues and it is manifesting as blinks.
How does your child feel most of the time?
Just imagine, something as trivial as boredom as cause a child to blink hard too.
However, that does not mean that you have to entertain your child all day long.
Boredom stimulates creativity in a child after all.
Child blinking a lot when watching TV or using smartphones?
If you let your child use these devices for prolonged hours, this is bound to happen.
You tend to blink less when you are using these devices.
Does this look very familiar in your household?
It is advisable to limit screen time to an hour a day for toddlers.
The uncomfortable eye effects come later, and hence the blinks to remove the irritation.
And it’s not just the eyes, but there are other unwanted side effects too.
It could be due to eyelashes growing in the wrong direction, or caused by an abnormal eyelid.
The eyelashes will be irritating the eyes, causing discomfort.
The image below shows clearly the direction of the eyelashes (lower eyelid) are growing.
Notice the bottom eyelashes are pointing upwards.
Tics are fast and repetitive muscle movements that result in sudden and jerky body motions.
Tics do not specifically refer to forced blinking only, but a group of other movements such as:
To rephrase, blinking hard does not mean your child has tics.
But if your child has tics, blinking hard may be part of it.
Get it? Not so difficult, right?
TICS TEND TO HAPPEN BEFORE THE AGE OF 6
No one knows why exactly tics happen.
However, these tics are temporary and usually goes away when your child grows older.
Therefore, most forced blinking gets better over time.
Other facial tics may be present.
However, if these blinks drag on for more than a year, then it can be problematic.
Some of these conditions include Tourette’s syndrome and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
May possibly need to see a child psychologist or psychiatrist for further examination.
Watch the video below if you want to have a better understanding of Tourette’s syndrome.
Like I mentioned earlier, these blinks are generally not dangerous.
“Excessive blinking is very common in children younger than 6 years of age and is equally common among boys and girls.
The condition starts suddenly with a high-frequency blink. It lasts about six months and vanishes as quickly as it arrived.“
There is no harm getting the eyes checked for visual acuity, yes?
Kids are wearing spectacles at such a young age these days.
If you are wearing spectacles (or even your spouse) has short-sightedness, there is a chance that your child has it too.
If your 2-year old is blinking hard, it’s caused by emotional triggers most of the time.
No one understands your child better than you.
These are what you can do for your child:
Did you manage to find out what causes your child to blink so much?
What did you do for your child after that?
Share with us in the comments below.
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