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4 month old with strange eye movements :(

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • February 1, 2007
  • 05:25 AM

Hi! I probably shouldnt be reading here, im sure people can diagnois there familys and friends and selves with alot of things. Well, here is my story..

I have a 4 month old son, and his eyes shift back and forth slowly, when he is sitting there, and when he is looking. I didnt even realize it was strange until I took him to the doctors. My mom kept saying stuff about it and I kept insisting my other kids did it too. She said this was different. I took him to the ER one night because I thouht he might be dehydrated, and they rushed him from me to the trauma center. When I finally got back I asked what they were looking at since there were about 10 doctors standing around. They said his eyes. I said cheerfully "OH, he has done that since birth!"... They looked at my like I was crazy. I think they thought I shook him or something! They did a CT scan and MRI and everything looked normal, no reason why his eyes might be doing this.

He is 4 months old like I said, and doesnt make eyecontact at all whatsoever. He responds to light though, squinting if we go into a brighter room, and his pupils dialate. He has good red reflexes in them also. They are healthy looking eyes. I am not sure if he needs glasses, if he cant see good, or if he can and just has no muscle control yet? So here is the weird part...

I was on this website looking up causes, and im sure you could find symptoms to alot of things that you dont have... but this is strange... under the Chiari Malformation section, and I read the symptoms...

Vocal Cord paralysis is a symptom. This struck me as odd because my son had a vocal cord paralysed when he was born. It wasnt like that at first, but the next day (he was in NICU, so I didnt get to see him that night) when I went to see him, his cry was the saddest thing EVER. It was so low you could barly hear it and it sounded fake. It has since fixed itself I think, or else because he is now bigger, it just sounds louder.

The other symptoms are also irritability (this child crys non stop at night) and spitting up.. which he does constantly, and then of course, nystanis, the eyemovemtn thing.

Here is my question though... is it possible for my son to have this malformation of the brain and spinal cord... when he has had numerous MRI's, ct scans and x rays? Wouldnt they see something like the brain being down to low? Someone please help me, this is bothering me and he doesnt see a neurologist until March 13th, that was the earliest they could get him in!

My email is twinsmummy20@yahoo.com, someone please reply to me! Thanks!

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  • Chiari is togh to read from an MRI - you need to find a doctor that knows what to look for...the good news is that the operation is typically very successful
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 1, 2007
    • 07:49 AM
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  • He made need glasses. My wifes eyes wander like that from time to time when her eyes are tired and she is either not wearing her contacts or glasses. It also happens when she is removing her contacts and in the process has one in and one out. She has a stigmatism which could explain a bit about it. Try taking him to an eye doctor.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 7, 2007
    • 07:01 PM
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  • The eys crossing could form a sort of virtigo which could lead to irritability and nausea. Forgot to mention that. ;)
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 7, 2007
    • 07:03 PM
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