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** Why do babies blink less often than adults? **

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By Dr Stephen Juan, 30th June 2006

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*Why do babies blink less often than adults?*

Asked by Cade Stevens of Nashville, Tennessee

Babies blink less often than adults. 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. In adulthood, the blink rate remains at about 10 to 15
times per minute.

This rate changes with attention, stress, excitement, eye irritation, and
amount of sleep. Generally, when one has had more sleep, one

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