When Do Babies Start Crying Tears?
For the first 2 weeks of your baby’s life, their eyes will be pretty dry — including when they’re crying. First, a little teardrop 101: The lacrimal glands of the eye make tears. The tears then flow over the eye and drain into the tear ducts. (It’s a popular misconception that ducts make tears.) Although babies do make some tears from birth, they don’t make enough to be seen as tears when crying. In addition to being tear-free, you may notice that your baby’s eyes are: -sometimes briefly crossed or divergent -red or bloodshot (broken blood vessels during birth can cause a subconjunctival hemorrhage) -indistinct in color They may also temporarily have swollen eyelids.