6 Possible Causes For Dark Circles Under Baby Eyes

Dark Circles Under Baby Eyes

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Dark circles in babies are not common like they are in adults. But if they happen, it could mostly not be a cause of concern. They could be the result of your baby being tired or not having enough sleep.

In some cases, there could be a deeper reason. Read through what MomJunction has on dark circles under baby eyes!

What Are Dark Circles?

Dark circles are dark blemishes around the eyes. They may just be a signal of some inconvenience or an allergy problem and rarely a critical condition. The skin around the eyelids is called the periorbital skin. If the dark circles are caused due to higher than usual melanin production, it is called ‘periorbital hyperpigmentation’ (1).

What Do Dark Circles Under Eyes In Babies Mean?

Dark circles may mean that the baby is tired, or she is exposed to allergens or irritants.

In extremely rare cases, dark circles around the eyes may mean a tumor of the nerves. The condition is called neuroblastoma (2). If you find the skin under your baby’s eye too dark, consult your doctor.

[ Read : Signs That Your Baby Is Tired ]

What Causes Dark Circles Under Baby Eyes?

  • The thin and sensitive skin under the eyes makes blood vessels look darker. It could be the most common cause.
  • A few babies may have comparatively thinner skin than others, making dark circles more noticeable.
  • Dark circles are an inherited trait and run in families. In this case, the baby too could get them.
  • Tiredness in babies could be another common cause of dark circles. The complexion of a tired baby might be pale, resulting in the darker appearance of blood vessels beneath the skin, under the eye.
  • In rare cases, other reasons like allergic conditions, eczema, bacterial infections in the sinuses, respiratory infection, or dehydration could be the cause of dark bluish circles under eyes in babies.
  • Dark circles caused due to allergies, including respiratory allergies, are often referred to as ‘allergic shiners’ (3). Congestion of nose is associated with allergies. It leads to the restriction in veins and the reduction in blood flow, resulting in the swelling of veins under the eyes. This makes dark circles prominent. Consulting a doctor would help.

[ Read : How To Treat Nasal Congestion In Infants ]

Remedies For Dark Circles In Babies

  • Ensure that the baby sleeps enough, eats well, is active, and shows healthy weight gain.
  • If allergies are the cause, protect your baby from potential irritants like pollen, dust, etc. Clean your baby’s eyes using a wet washcloth and warm water.
  • Clip their nails to avoid unnecessary scratches on the face and eyes.

[ Read : Tips To Help Your Baby Sleep Through The Night ]


1. Do babies get dark circles due to improper sleeping habits or poor health?

In contrast to assumptions made by most parents, dark circles are not always a result of improper sleeping habits or poor health conditions in babies and do not always suggest a serious condition.

2. Are puffy eyes in babies linked to dark circles?

Puffy eyes could be due to a long crying spell of the baby or sleeping in an awkward position. They are mostly not related to dark circles.

3. Is there any relation between under-eye bags and dark circles?

Under-eye bags could just be the fat under your baby’s skin and are not associated with dark circles.

4. Are dark circles associated with fever and teething?

Parents often associate dark circles with teething and fever. However, this is not definitive as there is no concrete evidence or research.

[ Read: Signs Of Baby Teething Problems ]

5. Why do I sometimes see redness under my baby’s eyes?

Redness under a baby’s eye can be the result of several reasons viz. allergies, infection, irritation, or simply because the baby is rubbing the eye when tired. Babies can be sensitive to food or airborne particles and could display redness under the eyes as an allergic reaction to the substance.

Let us know if you had any such issues with your baby, and how you have dealt with them.

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  • Niharika

    Hi Leandra, if you are not sure about the underlying cause of the dark circles in your baby it is better to get in touch with your doctor. Also, in the meantime, ensure that your baby gets proper sleep and eats a balanced diet.

  • Nitesh Mahajan

    My son develops green/blueish spots under eyes and starts sneezing continuously when he gets up in the morning, I want to know if this is because of some allergy. Is it serious.If allergy then what kind and precautions

    • Niharika

      Hi Nitesh, if you are not sure about the underlying cause of the spots under the eyes of your baby then it would be wise to get in touch with your pediatrician.

  • momjunction

    Hi EricDriggers,

    Thanks for sharing your experience. I hope others can benefit from this.