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Eye Blinking

Just like Bambi, young babies can develop a blinking habit as early as eight months. The first blinks are simply to test eyelid movement, but since Lucy looks awfully cute when she’s giving you the eye, your attention may generate many more blinks. As darling as it looks, when the novelty has worn off, dismiss her blinking, and she too will cease to find it so amusing after a while. Repetitive blinking can occur in older children as well, especially those with high-strung personalities (often high achievers). It becomes a bit of a tic, and as with every tic, your attention will reinforce it. Just ignore it and encourage noncompetitive physical activity to reduce your child’s tension, and the blinking will disappear [See: Tics].