Baby Health Quirks That Are Normal

Peeper Problems

When Khalil Hymore and his husband adopted their weeks-old daughter Norah, her eyes made them worry. "Her eyeballs would drift in opposite directions for no apparent reason," Hymore says. The New York City couple tore through a stack of baby books, only to find that crossed or wandering eyes were common in babies this age. But why? A newborn's eyesight is weak, and she doesn't yet have the muscle control required to focus, Dr. Shahid says. Usually by 4 months, babies' eyes are able to zero in on your face and other points of interest without wandering.

Be sure to see your pediatrician if your baby is continuing to cross his eyes after 6 months. Strabismus (crossed eyes) occurs when the eyes aren't aligning properly.

Originally published in the July 2011 issue of American Baby magazine.

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