My Baby's Nose Is Flatter Around His Eyes. Should I Worry?

My 8 month old nose is flatter around his eyes what I do.should I see a doctor for it

Doctor Answers 6

Baby's nose is flat

Infant's typically have a flat appearance at their bridge compared to older teens and adults. This is normal until the nasal bones begin to grow and develop, hence the term "infantile nose" in adult patients whose bones don't grow and enlarge. Love your baby and don't worry about imperfections at this point. He/she is going to grow and change.

West Palm Beach Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Don't worry about your baby's nose.

Facial growth (including the nose) goes on for years.  Your baby's nose is going to change as the face matures.  You have nothing to worry about.

Vincent N. Zubowicz, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Facial profile changes with age.

I recommend that you not get alarmed by this unless the bridge of the nose is dramatically flat.  The human face grows in a well defined pattern.  In general, the growth progresses from top-down.  That is to say, infants have a relatively much larger upper third facial skeleton in comparison to the midface and lower face.  During the toddler years and early childhood, the midface (corresponding to the middle third where the nose and upper jaw are located) grows proportionately more than the upper third, followed by the lower face during late childhood and early teen years.  If you are worried, then by all means I recommend visiting with a pediatric plastic surgeon or craniofacial surgeon to rule out any possible syndrome that is affecting this area. 

Mario J. Imola, MD, DDS, FRCSC.



Mario J. Imola, MD, DDS
Denver Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 117 reviews

Flat Nose Around Eyes

Your baby is still far too young for you to be worrying about the shape of his nose. At 8 months old, it is not unusual for the nose to appear flat as the nasal structure is still continuing to take shape. In fact, his nose will continue to change throughout your child’s life and full development will not be complete until after puberty. This is most probably not something to be concerned about or to even seek professional medical advice about. However, if you are still feeling uneasy about the situation and want further confirmation, it won’t hurt to consult a doctor in person.

Sam Rizk, MD
New York Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 74 reviews

Most babies have wider flatter noses

The nose lags the rest of the face in growth which is why most babies have wider flatter noses - this is normal

Sam Naficy, MD, FACS
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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What would you worry about?

I assume your baby was seen by your pediatrician, if they think anything is wrong, I assume they will tell you.

William B. Rosenblatt, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

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