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My 5 months old has facial weakness. What can I do help him stimulate and exersise his facial muscles?
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Dr. Neil Giddings
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
2 doctors agree
In brief: Needs examination
Facial weakness from birth may be secondary to trauma at delivery, but facial nerve weakness that has developed since birth may be secondaryu to viral or bacterial infection, or rarely a growth that is putting pressure on the facial nerve.
There are also some congenital conditions that may cause weakness of both sides of the face. Needs examination by an ear nose and throat physician.

In brief: Needs examination
Facial weakness from birth may be secondary to trauma at delivery, but facial nerve weakness that has developed since birth may be secondaryu to viral or bacterial infection, or rarely a growth that is putting pressure on the facial nerve.
There are also some congenital conditions that may cause weakness of both sides of the face. Needs examination by an ear nose and throat physician.
Dr. Neil Giddings
Dr. Neil Giddings
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Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine
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In brief: Who else knows?
Has someone seen your child and told you what's wrong with his face? What's causing the facial muscle weakness? Difficult to recommend a treatment w/ out knowing the cause.

In brief: Who else knows?
Has someone seen your child and told you what's wrong with his face? What's causing the facial muscle weakness? Difficult to recommend a treatment w/ out knowing the cause.
Dr. Luis Villaplana
Dr. Luis Villaplana
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Dr. Cindy Juster
Pediatrics
In brief: It depends.
The first step after seeing your baby's pediatrician is to see a pediatric neurologist.
This helps find both the cause and extent of the weakness. The most likely next step is to start therapy, and the neurologist can help determine which combination of physical, occupational, and speech (oral motor) therapies are best. Contact your state's early intervention program right away!

In brief: It depends.
The first step after seeing your baby's pediatrician is to see a pediatric neurologist.
This helps find both the cause and extent of the weakness. The most likely next step is to start therapy, and the neurologist can help determine which combination of physical, occupational, and speech (oral motor) therapies are best. Contact your state's early intervention program right away!
Dr. Cindy Juster
Dr. Cindy Juster
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