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Why don't newborns have tears or sweat

Why don’t newborns have tears or sweat?

Maybe wondering! Why don’t newborns have tears or sweat? Emma Robson, a parent educator, has something to say to new parents for physically, psychologically, and emotionally  healthy children.

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Why don’t newborns have tears or sweat?

 Have you ever heard a newborn cry, and you got closer, and there was no single droplet of tears rolling down their adorable chubby cheeks? You might begin to wonder how that is possible. This article will explain everything you need to know.

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 What is the significance of tears?

Tears keep the eyes moist and protect the eyes from foreign particles. They’re also used to express emotions such as sadness, anger, and even happiness.

According to Sage Timberline, a pediatrician at the University of California, Davis, Children’s Hospital in Sacramento, California, emotional tears help to release stress-inducing hormones that build up in the body during tough times. It contributes to the relief that comes after you cry.   

Why don’t newborns cry or sweat?

Newborn babies discharge all kinds of liquid except sweat and tears. Although they let out a loud cry as soon as they come into the world, they do not produce tears yet. They are born with tear ducts that contain enough tears to keep the eyes moist but not enough to have droplets rolling down their cheeks. They can cry their heart out without shedding a drop of tear. 

For the first couple of weeks after birth, a newborn’s eyes and skin tend to be dry. This is because their tears duct and sweat glands are not yet fully functional. 

The Eccrine gland that produces sweat is not fully functional until three to four weeks after birth. It could take longer in some babies. After birth, the most active eccrine glands are the ones on the forehead. 

When do newborn babies begin to produce actual tears?

You might begin to wonder, when exactly do newborns produce real tears?

The lacrimal glands of a baby will begin to increase their production of tears at around two weeks. However, tears might not be visible yet. 

It takes until after one to three months of age for babies to start shedding actual tears that roll down their chubby cheeks. 

When do babies begin to sweat properly?

Sweat is filled with electrolytes, bacteria, and sodium. It’s your body’s way of regulating its temperature. 

Newborns have the ability to sweat, but their sweat glands are not in full swing immediately after birth.

During the fourth and fifth month of pregnancy, the fetus forms two sweat glands, namely, eccrine and apocrine glands.

In the fourth month of pregnancy, the sweat glands begin to form on their palms and the soles of their feet. In the fifth month of pregnancy, the sweat glands spread all over the body of the fetus. 

During the first two weeks immediately after birth, babies can only sweat on their forehead. After two weeks, babies will begin to sweat on their torso, arms, and legs once their nervous system takes control of their bodies. 

Since newborn babies cannot produce sweats before two weeks of age, parents should pay attention to signs like rapid breathing, flushed skin, and fussiness. Parents should also change their diapers as often as possible to avoid making the baby inconvenient.


You don’t need to worry if your newborn doesn’t produce actual tears or sweat immediately after birth. It’s completely normal; babies take their time to grow. Be ready for the 2:am loud cries; that period can be very challenging. You should be ready with all the newborn checklists of essential items to soothe them and make the timings easier for you too. 

If your newborn doesn’t start shedding actual tears after one to three months of age or doesn’t produce sweats after two weeks of age, it could take them a short while to begin, but if those abilities continue to be absent, you should take your baby to a pediatrician. 

About Author Bio:

Emma Robson is a parent educator, who offers education and skills to new parents that are needed to raise physically, psychologically, and emotionally healthy children. She worked with many families on behalf of Early Childhood Family Education programs during pregnancy and postpartum; offering support, encouragement, and information.


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