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A newborn rolls his eyes: when do you start to worry?

Many young mothers are seriously worried by the fact that when a newborn in these or other circumstances suddenly begins to roll his eyes. Indeed, this picture sometimes makes a rather frightening impression on the newly minted parents. And how really? Do mothers and grandmothers need to start worrying, or is it not so scary at all?


Norm or pathology

In most cases, a newborn baby rolls up his eyes before bedtime. Sometimes it happens so clearly that the irises are completely hidden under the eyelids - only proteins are visible. The sight is not very pleasant, although it is quite normal. Typically, this phenomenon is observed until the baby reaches one month of age, and sometimes up to three months.

Newborn rolls his eyes

Rolling a newborn eye before falling asleep - in most cases the normal variant

Why does a child have such strange behavior? The fact is that the baby is not immediately able to control the muscles that set the eyeball in motion. In addition, his brain is not yet fully formed. Due to these factors, the newborn does not know how to focus on the object or object - these skills develop gradually.

The same can be said about the other movements of the baby’s eyeballs - reducing the peephole to the nose or breeding them in different directions, twitching the eyes, etc. Approximately at the age of one month the rolling and involuntary wandering of the eye should pass by itself.

When there is a reason to consult a doctor

So, rolling the peephole up before falling asleep is not a pathology. However, here it is necessary to clarify whether this phenomenon is accompanied by additional symptoms:

  • delayed or uneven breathing during sleep;
  • spasms of the limbs;
  • throwing the head back;
  • muscle tension.

In such a case, it is necessary to consult a doctor, since such a symptomatic picture may be a sign of epilepsy.

Regarding the situation when the child reduces the eyes (or one eye) to the nose or spreads the eyeballs in different directions, then it should be noted - if this symptom has not disappeared after a month or two, there is reason to assume congenital strabismus, which certainly requires turning to an ophthalmologist for timely correction of pathology.

It is quite another thing if the newborn rolls his eyes down. Such a symptom of the "setting sun" in some cases indicates the presence of Gref's syndrome in the baby - paralysis of the eye muscles associated with the accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid (cerebrospinal fluid) in brain segments - hydrocephalus. Among the main reasons for the development of this pathology:

  • prematurity of the fetus;
  • injuries during childbirth;
  • infectious diseases of the expectant mother;
  • late pregnancy;
  • fetal hypoxia;
  • heredity.

Children at risk should be under the supervision of a specialist from birth.

The symptom of the "setting sun" in the baby

Rolling eyes down, or a symptom of "the setting sun", may signal the presence of the newborn syndrome Gref

It is important to know that Grafe syndrome is also accompanied by additional signs, the main ones of which are:

  • weak reflexes;
  • problems with swallowing;
  • convulsions;
  • strabismus;
  • weakness of the muscular system.

In itself, the rolling of a newborn, especially premature, eyeballs downwards can be the result of the temporary immaturity of its nervous system and brain, in particular, and as it becomes, the symptom will spontaneously disappear.

Pathology diagnosis

To determine whether the symptom of rolling eyes is a newborn variant of the norm or a pathological condition, the doctor may prescribe the following examinations:

  • MRI and CT of the brain - provide information about the accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid in the ventricles and the spaces between the membranes of the brain, as well as about the state of brain tissue;
  • neurosonography through a fontanel - a specialized brain scan using ultrasound, which allows to assess the degree of congenital abnormalities and determine the nature of the disorders.

Conducting neurosonography through a fontanel - a natural “window” in the skull of a newborn - allows timely detection of brain pathology

Uncontrolled movement of the eyeballs in the newborn - video

Parents should remember that after birth, the child will need some time for the final formation of the body, including the central nervous system. If a newborn's eyes roll, it mows slightly or involuntarily opens them during sleep, do not panic. Most likely, these symptoms themselves will disappear without any treatment. Baby older than three months, continuing to roll his eyes, you need to consult a specialist.


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