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Baby development specialist in English?

Just wondering if there are any baby development specialists who speak English here whom anyone can recommend? My baby is 3 months and 1 week old and has not been making much eye contact at all; she always seems to avoid it. I don’t feel that she knows me even. I’m really worried. I think the paediatrician would just tell me to wait and see.. wonder if there is anybody else who can help.
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Re: Baby development specialist in English?

Do you mean she doesn't "hold" eye contact (she's v young) or she doesn't look at you at all and then smile? What about when you play games, with rattles etc, blow raspberries on belly etc I am well aware how this next bit will sound, but please try not to worry: worried stressed parents can equal fractious child.
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Babies' eyes are everywhere all the time. I think I'd be more worried if they were staring in one place for extended periods.

If you are worried go and see the paediatrician and ask for a referral to a specialist, if necessary. Paeds are pretty much up there with child development anyway but if it helps ease your mind ask for that referral.
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Re: Baby development specialist in English?

Same as above. I am actually a 'baby specialist' but I would always recommend for parents to begin with their paediatrician.


Do you go to the 'mutterberatung' (mother and baby clinic ? )... are there any other risk factors like pregnancy or birth complications, prematurity, feeding issues - that make you worry ?
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Re: Baby development specialist in English?

I know what you mean! We were really worried our first was not focussing on us at all for the first months. She is an amazingly social & outgoing perfectly developed 4yo now. Our 2nd seems to have been making eye contact from week one. All of them are different! Go by the judgement of your pediatrician, they will know what you really should worry about!
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I know what you mean! We were really worried our first was not focussing on us at all for the first months. She is an amazingly social & outgoing perfectly developed 4yo now. Our 2nd seems to have been making eye contact from week one. All of them are different! Go by the judgement of your pediatrician, they will know what you really should worry about!
Ah, that’s great to hear. Did your first baby start focusing more and more and looking at people more gradually?

My baby does not look at me while breastfeeding. I feel that she doesn’t know me at all.. really worried.

Saw the pediatrictian today. She obviously can’t disgnose a 3 month old. She only gave me a referral to an ophthalmologist, so the first thing we need to do is to make sure my baby doesn’t have any sight issues. Although she admitted today that she thought my baby could definitely see things, and she sees people but the gaze is indeed short.
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Same as above. I am actually a 'baby specialist' but I would always recommend for parents to begin with their paediatrician.


Do you go to the 'mutterberatung' (mother and baby clinic ? )... are there any other risk factors like pregnancy or birth complications, prematurity, feeding issues - that make you worry ?
I was feeling a bit depressed during my 3rd month of pregnancy. I didn’t eat well. After that I went travelling for a couple of months to see friends and family and I was happy.

The birth had complications. The baby was born small (2.59kg). It was a long, natural birth without any pain medication. I stayed at 8cm dilated for 4 hours without dilating further. Eventually they had to call a senior physician in the room to perform a vacuum assisted delivery, because the baby’s heart rate was all over the place (jumping from 50 to 200) after my water eventually broke. So after 3-4 pushes and the vacuum the baby was pushed out after 10 mins. The doctor told me “listen, we need to get the baby out RIGHT NOW.”

Baby still has a red round mark on her head (lighter colour than before) possibly due to the vacuum. She had jaundice which lasted for 1.5 months. Her eyes were yellow.
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Same as above. I am actually a 'baby specialist' but I would always recommend for parents to begin with their paediatrician.


Do you go to the 'mutterberatung' (mother and baby clinic ? )... are there any other risk factors like pregnancy or birth complications, prematurity, feeding issues - that make you worry ?
I have been to a Mütter-und-Vaterberatung in my town twice to weigh and measure the baby. This was also where I first realised how much younger babies stared right into my eyes. But I’ve only seen a nurse there once. It’s a free service. Maybe I should talk to a nurse again next time?
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