Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Amu | 2011-10-27


when do newborns start to see

My baby was born 2 weeks early than suggested date via ceaser, went to ICU for a week due to respiratoy. He is now 6 weeks old but he doesnt seem like he can see, when you move your hands or show a bright light he doesnt respond. When should baby start seeing and when should i start to be worried.

Expert's Reply



Babies only see blurred objects when they are born and it takes some time for a baby to begin to focus and to be able to see clearly. Most babies can start focusing their eyes and seeing things more clearly any time from about 6 weeks to 3 months. Babies can usually see bright objects or lights quite early on so it is unusual that your baby does not respond at all to bright light at 6 weeks. This may be due to him being only 4 weeks old when his age is corrected for his premature birth.It would be best to ask your paediatrician to see your baby.

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Posted by: Mom | 2011-10-28

He should definitely be able to see you. I would take him to a pediatric ophthalmologist as soon as possible. Do you have an eye hospital close by? In which area are you?

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