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Dr. Yogindra Vasavada
Dr. Yogindra Vasavada, Pediatrician
Category: Pediatrics
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Experience:  M.D.(ped) passed at first attempt, in practice continuously for last 37 years. Certi. in Comp
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We have a a grandson that just turned 5 and he had a baby

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We have a a grandson that just turned 5 and he had a baby sister two two months ago. We are so upset because my son says they cant leave there son alone with the baby because he will pinch her or pull her and he does it intenionally to hurt her. They dont think this normal behavior I had three children I never let one of my kids alone with a baby. They think theres something wrong with him I think there over reacting.
Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Pediatrics
Expert:  Dr. Yogindra Vasavada replied 5 months ago.

Hi, the concern is genuine and he is indeed immature, so cannot be left alone with tiny baby with no adult supervising the two kids. And the fear of elder sibling being anyway abnormal is not valid either. Many normal 5 year old's are not still mature enough to be trusted with small babies alone. Only much older like teens can be that mature.

Good luck to both babies.

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
But how about him wanting to pinch her or he says he wants to hurt her
Expert:  Dr. Yogindra Vasavada replied 5 months ago.

Quite innocent and age-appropriate comment, which should make parents alert to need for supervision. Please have repeated and extended talks to brother about need to protect and not harm small sweet sister.