Constant Blinking in Children

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Constant blinking is embarrassing and stressful for the children. Children frequently hear from teachers and classmates asking why they are blinking. Although constant blinking is not uncommon, many children and parents feel alone and do not know why the blinking is occurring.


According to, constant blinking is sometimes a habit, or nervous tic, that can increase with boredom, fatigue or anxiety.


Constant blinking that is due to a habit sometimes starts because of allergies. Another contributing factor to the habit is parental concern or references being made to the blinking, causing the child to continue blinking when they are reminded.


Constant blinking in children usually corrects itself within a few months to a year without treatment.


According to the Childhood Brain Tumor Foundation, there are rare cases where constant blinking in children is caused by a brain tumour. Fifty per cent of children that are diagnosed with brain tumours suffer with visual problems as a result of the tumour.


<p> reports that conjunctivitis, known as pink eye, or blepharitis, which is caused by Staph germs, can cause excessive blinking in children. Redness of eyes, drainage or puss excretions are symptoms of these conditions.

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