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Question #385 posted on 07/07/2003 midnight

Dear 100 Hour Board,
Why does it seem like babies can hold their eyes open so long? I mean have you ever watched a baby? It is like that never blink (I know they do though.) I mean I have tried to watch a baby to see when it would blink and I end up blinking like three or four times before the baby blinks once. What is the deal with that?
- wonderer

A: Dear Wonderer,
There's nothing too unusual or different about a baby's blink pattern--infants have a blink reflex just as adults do. The blink reflex serves a protective function for the eye, as well as to keep it lubricated. The average person blinks about 12 times per minute, so if you're awake for 16 hours each day, then you blink approximately 11,520 each day.