My Baby’s Eyelids Are Veiny

Though all eyelids are veiny, most veins are tiny and not visible to the naked eye. The veins may swell and become visible when the eye gets irritated.  Sometimes, babies’ eyelids are veiny because the eyelid skin is thin and makes it easy for the veins to be seen.

Why Are the Veins in Your Baby’s Eyes Visible?

Your baby’s veiny eyelids occur when the veins under the thin eyelid skin stick out or appear very conspicuously to the eye.

The blood vessels in your baby’s eyelids may become swollen due to the dilation of tiny blood vessels in the eye. This swelling causes the normally invisible or nearly invisible veins to become visible to the naked eye. 

Is It Normal for Babies to Have Veiny Eyelids?

Most babies look different in many ways; some have puffy eyes, bent ears, flaky skin, and others have veiny eyelids. Most of these oddities are typical features of a healthy baby. Eyelids need blood flow, and everyone has veins that supply blood to the vessels in the eyelids.

It is common for babies to have veiny eyelids, which may sometimes be due to genetics or skin tone. There is usually no need to seek medication or treatment for a baby with veiny eyelids as this situation does not affect your little one’s sight. 

Veiny eyelids seem like you can see through your baby’s skin but this changes with time and becomes invisible as your little one grows older. Though veiny eyelids may pose cosmetic issues to your baby, it is relatively harmless and often become less evident as your child grows up. Besides looking like your baby has eye shadow, veiny eyelids are common, especially in the fair-skinned babies. 

What Causes Your Baby’s Eyelids to Be Veiny?

Sometimes your baby’s eyelids become veiny due to fatigue. Your baby may be tired from playing or not having enough sleep.  When your child experiences discomfort and irritation in the eyes, especially after a tearful day, the eyelids become veiny.

The skin around the eyes is one of the most delicate places on a child’s body. It is very sensitive to touch and is easily irritated. Your baby may have more noticeable eyelid veins because of the constant rubbing of the eyes. Touching the eyes is common in babies, particularly whenever sleepy or uncomfortable. 

Regular sunshine is vital for your baby. However, overexposure may cause the veins on your baby’s eyelids to bulge out or be veiny.

Do Veiny Eyelids Affect Your Baby’s Vision?

If your baby’s eyelids are veiny, you need not get overly worried as this will not affect your child’s health or vision.  However, the protruding veins often appear darkened and look like your child has eye shadow on the eyelids.  

Older children may feel uncomfortable with the look of visible veins, but most babies will not even recognize this look.  Babies with thin translucent skin will show more visible veins than those with darker skin, but if your baby has grown older and you still see protruding veins, it’s worth looking into.

What to Do When a Baby’s Eyelids Are Veiny

Veiny eyelids will become less visible with time as your baby ages and is exposed to a healthy lifestyle.  However, once you have recognized situations that provoke your baby’s eyelids to be veiny, you can help keep your baby away from such triggers.  

Create a soothing environment for your baby to sleep and wake up in; avoid overexposing your baby to bright lights or excess sunshine. It helps to keep the delicate skin of your baby’s eyelids protected by covering your baby’s head and face whenever you are out in the sun.


Most babies have invisible veins under the eyelids. Sometimes your baby’s eyelids become veiny because of irritation or discomfort in the eyes.  Though Veiny eyelids may look abnormal, you need not overly worry about it because it doesn’t affect your baby’s health and vision.

You can help your baby stay calm, comfortable, and have enough sleep to relieve the eyelids’ pressure and irritation.  Your baby’s veiny eyelids become less visible with time, and with a healthy diet that will help to keep your baby’s skin healthy.