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My 4 day old baby doesn`t seem to react when anything is put

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my 4 day old baby doesn`t seem to react when anything is put in front of her eyes, or when a light is switched on and i`m very worried. i have put my hand very close but no reaction, can you advise me?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 6 years ago.
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Was your baby born full term? Does she have any medical problems? Can you please take a flashlight, briefly shine it into one of her eyes and then "swing" it back and forth between her eyes? Do her pupils get small? When you move the flashlight from her right eye to her left eye, the pupil in the left eye should already be small, even though the light was not shining into it. Is this what is happening with your baby's eyes?

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Being a parent myself, although it's been quite some time since my kids were 4 days old ;-) , I suggest you have your daughter evaluated by a pediatric ophthalmologist. He will be able to fully evaluate her and determine if there is anything to be worried about.

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Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 6 years ago.