Childhood Diseases

Posted by: concerned aunt | 2009-10-14


eyes not focussing

good day sir. i am a very concerned aunt. my sisters baby (2nd child - little girl) went for her 6 weeks check up yesterday. my sister mentioned her concern as the baby is never looking straight at her (or anybody for that matter) and is always focussing on something with contrasting colours - like the navy curtains against the white wall. she is also not looking at colourfull toys etc that is put infront of her.

the baby is also not smiling yet.

the baby also have blue eyes, but my sister says the white of her eyes appear very blueish as well.

the doctor said that he also thinks something might be wrong and that she must come back with the baby in a months time.
in the meantime, my sister is litterally crying all the time and i am afraid that a month seems a bit too long for her to have unanswered questions.

please, please assist. do you think there is any reason for concern.

the baby was born at 38 weeks via ceacer. everything was normal at birth and during her pregnancy.

kind regards,


Expert's Reply



There is probably no need for concern as most babies only start to focus [called 'fixing'] and to smile at around 6 weeks. It could be that being slightly premature your little niece is taking a bit longer to start fixing than usual.

The information provided does not constitute a diagnosis of your condition. You should consult a medical practitioner or other appropriate health care professional for a physical exmanication, diagnosis and formal advice. Health24 and the expert accept no responsibility or liability for any damage or personal harm you may suffer resulting from making use of this content.

Want to comment?

Thanks for commenting! Your comment will appear on the site shortly.
Thanks for commenting! Your comment will appear on the site shortly.