My 5 months´s baby is hurting herself

Ericka - posted on 05/06/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Hi, I need help.
I have a blind 5 moths old baby girl. I´m worried cause since two weeks ago, she take her two hands squeez them very tight and go hurt her mouth a bit tough. I don´t think that´s normal and the baby do the same thing with toys. We avoid to give her toys that can hurt her, but also we are avoiding that she do the same thing. I´m worry about it.

She is blind but until now doctors has told us that she is normal is everything else. her TAC was also ok. But we wan to do a Brain scan so we can be sure nothing else is bad with her.

Sorry my english. I live in Guatemala.

Hope to get an answer soon. Thank you

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Ericka - posted on 05/06/2010

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I would like to talk to mothers who are in the same situation just like me, that has blind or low vision babies. Thank you

Ericka - posted on 05/06/2010

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Thank you very much for your answer. I will know if this has a reason, you´re right. I´m very worry cause far until now we have not a diagnostic, we know that she has a damage on her maculas in her eyes but doctors don´t find a reason. I´m suffering a lot for this cause I don´t know what will happens or how to handle with this situation.

Thank you for your opinion. I appreciated.

Kristin - posted on 05/06/2010

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She's definitely going to have some spatial problems, maybe give her soft toys to play with until she's not ramming them into her face. Also, she is kind of right at the edge of beginning to teeth, and that might be what she's attempting to soothe. Either way, you can help her by guiding her hands to her mouth and face, so she learns just how far it really is.



Definitely talk with your doctor and often about anything you are unsure of.

Iridescent - posted on 05/06/2010

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Maybe she's not aware of her strength or where her body is, exactly, yet. Part of that can be due to being blind. Close your eyes and try to put a toy to your mouth - can you see how easy it would be to bring it to your face too hard, especially as she's unable to determine size of the object she's holding and planning yet (those are abstract skills, not generally learned until 5 years or so). You're correct, this isn't completely normal, but it can be explained.

It's always good that you're in contact with her doctors, and a brain scan is an excellent step just to make certain nothing else is wrong.

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