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Early Warning Signs

There are a few different ways your child might exhibit cranial nerve lesions. Although there are a few others, these are the most common faces to look out for. Use your phone to document your child's face and see if you can notice when it changed.

1. Crooked Smile

If your child develops a Cranial Nerve 7 lesion, they will not be able to smile evenly. Only one side of their face will pull up. One eye will be rounder than the other.

2. Droopy Frown

Another symptom of Cranial Nerve 7 palsy is a droopy frown. The nerve that controls this muscle may have been damaged and muscle tone is lost.

3. Outward-turned Eye

If your child develops a Cranial Nerve 3 lesion, their eye will deviate outwards. Sometimes slightly up or down, but normally it will drift away from their nose.

4. Inward-turned Eye

A properly functioning Cranial Nerve 6 will pull your child's eye outward. If a problem occurs with that cranial nerve, their eye will drift inward.

5. Partial Eye Blinks

Cranial Nerve 7 also ennervates the muscles that allow your eyelids to close. Use a slo-motion video to see if both eyelids close completely when they blink.

6. Droopy Face

Even when your child is not smiling or frowning, you might spot a lack of muscle tone as evidenced by a flattened cheek or sagging eyelid.