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.
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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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