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eyes looking a little crosseyed?

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#1 Teah

Posted 27 June 2019 - 09:12 AM

sometimes when im looking at my newborn (5wks) she can look a little cross eyed. not all the time, just here and there. Google says its can happen and that within 4-5months it passes. just wantes to hear anyone elses experiences? will be asking her pedeatrician at next appt.

#2 lozoodle

Posted 27 June 2019 - 09:35 AM

Its pretty normal!

#3 WaitForMe

Posted 27 June 2019 - 09:42 AM

My youngest had that too.

It is quite common, the advice to me was not to worry about it at that age. I wasn't entirely sure if I was just imagining it too, as I didn't often see it, so I didn't follow it up beyond that advice from a health nurse.

However when she got to about 2, it suddenly became very noticeable to me. I took her to an optometrist and they couldn't see it or recreate it as it only happened when she was tired. I then happened to see a paediatrician about something else and he said an optometrist is the wrong place to go, referred me to a specialist eye clinic. They were amazing and could most definitely recreate it. She is long sighted, which is normal at her age, but her eyes are straining which is causing them to turn. She wears glasses to relax the eyes and stop it from occurring, its mostly about making sure it doesn't become permanent. She might not need them longer term as her longsightedness isn't that bad and within the range of normal for her age.

So yeah, mention it to the paediatrician, but it will probably be a case of wait and see, unless the paed thinks it looks more serious.

#4 Gruffalo's Child

Posted 27 June 2019 - 10:06 AM

It happened to mine too - it was one of their tired signs.

#5 Moo point

Posted 27 June 2019 - 10:10 AM

Your baby is quite young, and this is very common and usually rectifies by 4 or 5 months. DS looked like one eye was turning in at times, for 2-3 years, but it was never the same eye; it depended on where he was looking and camera angle. He has epicanthic folds and a wide nose bridge (like me) - more common in some ethnicities but we have Caucasian heritage (German/Scottish with fair skin and hair) where they are less common, so no idea where it came from. I must do some ancestry searching, I bet there's something interesting to find!


Interestingly, when DH is tired one of his eyelids is much more droopy than the other - same thing happens to DS :D

Edited by Moo point, 27 June 2019 - 11:39 AM.

#6 james_c

Posted 27 June 2019 - 10:16 AM

It's completely normal, babies don't have much strength at such a young age and the same way they must reinforce their neck and core muscles to manage to hold their head and then sit up, they must train the tiny muscles surrounding the eye sockets to manage to control the movement of their eyes.
It takes a bit of time, some babies take longer than others, like with sitting and crawling and walking.
At 5 weeks it's nothing to worry about. Mention it to your nurse/GP/paediatrician for peace of mind, they will reassure you.

#7 blackcat20

Posted 27 June 2019 - 10:37 AM

Completely normal, takes a few months for them to coordinate their eyes properly.

#8 Teah

Posted 27 June 2019 - 10:45 AM

thank you everyone. its always a different eye and i wasnt too concerned but just wanted to be sure. will def mention to doctor but most likely say same thing.

this is my third and never noticed it with the other two but every baby is different.

thanks again

#9 maryanneK

Posted 27 June 2019 - 10:52 AM

Yes, my DD was the same as a baby. It gave her a really cute, funny look! But she grew out of it. I was also told it's very normal

#10 Kiwi Bicycle

Posted 27 June 2019 - 11:13 AM

I wasn't diagnosed with lazy eye until I was 18 months old abd that's pretty early. It will always be the same eye doing it. 5 weeks and it's too early to diagnose.

#11 Jane Jetson

Posted 27 June 2019 - 11:36 AM

It's very normal, is probably nothing, and will likely pass.

If you remain concerned after five months or so, do check it out, though. My parents remained concerned about my own eyes, and at 14 months or so I was diagnosed with strabismus. The resulting early intervention (including surgery, yuck) meant my eyes, while still pretty crap, work as well as they do today.

When my brother's eyes also looked crossed they were onto it like a shot, but it turned out that he was like Moo Point's DS (wide nose bridge), and it was nothing to worry about.

So it's likely not a problem, but just keep an eye on it.

#12 QuirkyMum

Posted 27 June 2019 - 03:20 PM

My friend's baby was born cross eyed. It was very very obvious ( one eye was always looking at the nose) but they were told to wait some time.
By the age of 4 months, there was no trace of it at all.

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