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Do babies blink?

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Babies do blink, but not as frequently as adults or older children do. Between birth and 2 months of age, babies blink an average of two or three times per minute. Adults tend to blink between 10 and 15 times each minute.

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The rate at which babies blink increases steadily throughout early childhood but begins to decline after age 6. A child's blink rate increases again after age 14 until she reaches adulthood. It is not known why babies blink at such a low rate, or why the rate fluctuates during childhood, but dopaminergic pathways in the developing brain are suspected of being the controlling factor.

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