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Why does my newborn have crossed eyes?
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6 doctors agree
In brief: It takes them...
...Several months to figure out what they are seeing, and several more to figure out that both eyes are looking at the same thing; once that happens, they can adjust their vision so that the information from both eyes is fed to the vision center of the brain to make one 3d picture of the surrounding world.

In brief: It takes them...
...Several months to figure out what they are seeing, and several more to figure out that both eyes are looking at the same thing; once that happens, they can adjust their vision so that the information from both eyes is fed to the vision center of the brain to make one 3d picture of the surrounding world.
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
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Dr. Christopher Larson
some newobrns have the appearance of crossed eyes...due to an epicantal fold..wihich hides some of the white of the eye, towards the nose..Check to see if this is happening. Lookand at flach photos of the eyes will help with this.
Dr. Jodi Luchs
I agree with Dr. Larson, but crossed eyes at birth can also be a manifestation of underlying issues which might need attention. A prompt examination by a pediatric ophthalmologist can sort out these issues, and make the proper diagnosis.
Dr. Amin Ashrafzadeh
Ophthalmology
5 doctors agree
In brief: Not unusual
Many new borns need time to align their eyes.
In the newborn nursery, there is a very large percentage of children with their eyes turned in. Only 2% have their eyes turned out. If this misalignment is not resolved in the course of the first month, certainly a visit to the pediatric ophthalmologist may be necessary.

In brief: Not unusual
Many new borns need time to align their eyes.
In the newborn nursery, there is a very large percentage of children with their eyes turned in. Only 2% have their eyes turned out. If this misalignment is not resolved in the course of the first month, certainly a visit to the pediatric ophthalmologist may be necessary.
Dr. Amin Ashrafzadeh
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Dr. Alan Jackson
Addiction Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: A new born baby
Has a visiualize system that will develop with time.
Typically new born babies eyes wander until about age 3-4month.S when they can start to focus on things. If your new born baby has eyes that are not only wandering but turning in a noticable amount it is best to see a pediatric ophthalmologist , your baby may have congenital estropia.

In brief: A new born baby
Has a visiualize system that will develop with time.
Typically new born babies eyes wander until about age 3-4month.S when they can start to focus on things. If your new born baby has eyes that are not only wandering but turning in a noticable amount it is best to see a pediatric ophthalmologist , your baby may have congenital estropia.
Dr. Alan Jackson
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Dr. Edward Rubinchik
Ophthalmology
2 doctors agree
In brief: It could be normal
Newborns can take up to 3 month to start focusing, so a bit of wandering of the eyes is normal.
That said, a frank deviation could mean that the baby is not seeing as well out of one or both eyes. I would ask the pediatrician for advice.

In brief: It could be normal
Newborns can take up to 3 month to start focusing, so a bit of wandering of the eyes is normal.
That said, a frank deviation could mean that the baby is not seeing as well out of one or both eyes. I would ask the pediatrician for advice.
Dr. Edward Rubinchik
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Dr. Alan Jackson
If concerned a pediatric ophthalmologist would be the best resource .
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Should improve soon
New babies often have disconjugate gaze (the eyes don't look in the same direction), especially if they are not trying to look at anything.
The gaze should straighten out over the first 3 months, but parents should let the doctor know at the 2-week, 1-month, & 2-month check-ups about the gaze. Babies with disconjugate gaze after 3 months, or who have additional symptoms, should see an eye doctor.

In brief: Should improve soon
New babies often have disconjugate gaze (the eyes don't look in the same direction), especially if they are not trying to look at anything.
The gaze should straighten out over the first 3 months, but parents should let the doctor know at the 2-week, 1-month, & 2-month check-ups about the gaze. Babies with disconjugate gaze after 3 months, or who have additional symptoms, should see an eye doctor.
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Nancy Webb
Neurology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Normal
If it is intermittent it is common for fist few months if life when the eyes are just starting to be able to focus.
If constant or persistent after 2 to 3 months notify your pediatrician.

In brief: Normal
If it is intermittent it is common for fist few months if life when the eyes are just starting to be able to focus.
If constant or persistent after 2 to 3 months notify your pediatrician.
Dr. Nancy Webb
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Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology
In brief: Eso
Your newborn may have strabismus, or misaligned eyes-- it is important to determine if the baby has true esotropia or pseudo-esotropia.
Make an appointment with your nearest pediatric ophthalmologist for an evaluation.

In brief: Eso
Your newborn may have strabismus, or misaligned eyes-- it is important to determine if the baby has true esotropia or pseudo-esotropia.
Make an appointment with your nearest pediatric ophthalmologist for an evaluation.
Dr. Theodore Wu
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Dr. Bert Mandelbaum
Pediatrics
In brief: Normal for age
Infants have an immature nervous system and can have intermittent eye crossing during the first few months of life.
As they age this matures and between 2-4 months of life you should no longer be seeing any eye crossing. If the eye crossing is still seen after 4 months, or if it's persistent in the first 4 months, let your pediatrician know immediately.

In brief: Normal for age
Infants have an immature nervous system and can have intermittent eye crossing during the first few months of life.
As they age this matures and between 2-4 months of life you should no longer be seeing any eye crossing. If the eye crossing is still seen after 4 months, or if it's persistent in the first 4 months, let your pediatrician know immediately.
Dr. Bert Mandelbaum
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Dr. Stephen Hefler
Pediatrics
In brief: Very common
Newborns and infants can often have crossed eyes periodically especially when they are tired or trying to focus on an object.
The eye muscles are somewhat weaker this early and don't always work together. If the crossing is frequent or remains then a pediatric ophthalmologist should be consulted.

In brief: Very common
Newborns and infants can often have crossed eyes periodically especially when they are tired or trying to focus on an object.
The eye muscles are somewhat weaker this early and don't always work together. If the crossing is frequent or remains then a pediatric ophthalmologist should be consulted.
Dr. Stephen Hefler
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