My baby was diagnosed with HIE 2 and has normal imaging reports and hearing tests, but he makes less eye contact. Please help.

Q. Does less eye contact by a baby indicates brain damage?

Answered by
Dr. Veerabhadrudu Kuncham
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on May 14, 2023

Hello doctor,

My baby does not make any eye contact. Only sometimes he will make eye contact with us. Sometimes he smiles and makes sounds during eye contact but sometimes no reaction. When he needs milk he makes eye contact and cries sometimes. But he looks into a mobile video call and his toys and follows its movements. He looks up sometimes. Is it normal or anything to worry about? He is now four months old. He has neck control and sucks his hands. He was diagnosed with HIE 2 but his MRI, EEG, and hearing tests are normal. He had seizures two times after birth within 24 hrs of life on oxygen support. The seizure was resolved within a day and no seizures were evidenced after that. So does it indicate any brain damage? He is currently taking vitamin D3.



Welcome to

I read your query and can understand your concern.

In general, babies develop at different rates and exhibit varying behaviors, and it is normal for them to have different levels of eye contact and responsiveness at different times. Some babies may make more eye contact and smile more frequently than others, while some may be less consistent in their behavior. It is also common for babies to show interest in toys and other visual stimuli, such as mobile video calls, as their visual tracking abilities develop.

As MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) and EEG (electroencephalogram) are normal, it is important to get regular consultations with your treating doctor for a detailed evaluation of your child's growth and development and have further management accordingly.

Hope this helps.

Thanks and take care.

Hello doctor,

Thank you for your reply.

I made a visit to the doctor and they said milestones are normal and not suggestive of a follow-up. So is there any chance it affects the baby's abilities?



Welcome back to

I read your query and can understand your concern.

No, there are very less chances.

Thanks and take care.

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