|Sometimes when I look at my baby she seems to be cross eyed.
Should I go to the doctor?
Some babies have little folds of skin in the corners of
their eyes which can give them the appearance of crossed
eyes. As they grow these folds tend to diminish and the
cross eyed look vanishes. In addition many babies are born
with eye muscles which are not quite strong enough to keep
their eyes straight all the time. You may notice that your
baby’s eyes look fine most of the time, and then they
become squint when she is tired. This is a common problem
that tends to correct itself as the baby’s eye muscles
mature and become stronger.
Some babies have a slight coordination problem and struggle
to operate their eyes in unison. Usually if the problem
is caused by coordination, the baby will gain enough control
by three months old to overcome the problem.
However if your baby has eyes that are crossed all or most
of the time, or if one eye does not seem to be very active
at all, then you should definitely contact your doctor.
Some children have what used to be called a ‘lazy
eye’ and if the eye does not work it may start to
lose its muscle tone, creating a vicious circle.
True problems with squint eyes are very rare. However,
you should mention any of these concerns to your doctor
at your next appointment, in order to ensure that all is
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