The Tell-Tale Signs of Hearing Loss in Children

 

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Hearing loss in kids can be challenging to notice. This is especially true if the loss is mild or if your child has developed coping mechanisms to deal with the issue.

However, undiagnosed hearing difficulty in children can have far-reaching consequences. For instance, it can hinder a child’s performance in school as well as their social development.

If you are concerned about your kid’s hearing, here are a few things to watch out for.

 

What Causes Hearing Loss in Children?

Noise exposure is generally the leading cause of hearing loss. Often, it is years of continuous exposure to loud sounds that lead to hearing difficulties. Therefore, one can understand why you might not expect young kids with minimal noise exposure to experience hearing loss.

However, quite a few other factors cause hearing problems, and some of them affect children. 

Temporary hearing loss can be caused by earwax build-up or accumulation of mucus in the ears. A child who has had several bouts of ear infections is also susceptible to temporary hearing loss. Additionally, if a foreign object is lodged in the ear, it might cause an obstruction, leading to temporary hearing loss.

On the other hand, permanent hearing loss can result from a genetic disorder that affects the development of the ear. Some diseases, like rubella, can also cause permanent damage to the ear. 

If you expose a young baby to deafening noises, even for brief periods, you may cause irreversible damage to their ears. Accidents that cause skull fractures or concussions can also lead to permanent hearing impairment.

 

How To Tell When a Child Has Hearing Loss

When kids are young, it can be pretty difficult to tell whether they have a hearing issue. This is particularly true for kids who can’t yet speak. However, you can watch out for missed developmental milestones to determine if your child has hearing difficulties.

For instance, an infant who does not respond to sudden loud noises might have a hearing problem. If the child cannot identify their caregivers’ voice by six months, it points to a possible hearing issue. A child who cannot string simple words together by the age of two might also need to see an audiologist.

You can also tell that a child has hearing difficulties if:

  • They ask you to repeat things often
  • They watch what you say so they can better understand you
  • They report having a good ear 
  • They talk louder than they did in the past
  • They request that you turn up the TV volume so that they can hear
  • They experience a sudden dip in their academic performance
  • They mispronounce words and are prone to mishearing

 

How to Help A Child With Hearing Loss

If you have any concerns about your child’s hearing, you should book an audiology appointment. The audiologist will conduct some tests to determine whether your kid has any difficulties. Then they will prescribe measures to alleviate the condition.

 

Conclusion

Nothing quite compares to the peace of mind a parent enjoys from knowing that their kid is healthy and safe. If you have a nagging feeling about your child’s hearing, you ought to act promptly. The same applies to a child who is showing any of the signs on this post.

As with any condition, early diagnosis of hearing loss leads to more efficient interventions. Don’t hesitate to schedule your appointment. Your child will thank you for it.

 

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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Why more families are moving to Florida than ever before

When we think of Florida, it’s not difficult to imagine the sun-drenched sands of Palm Beach, the prestigious Golf and Polo Clubs of the Gulf Coast, the water-front lifestyle of Fort Lauderdale, the glamour of the Miami nightlife and of course the world-famous theme parks at your fingertips throughout Orlando. It’s some of these factors alone that see almost 1,000 people moving to Florida every day. But, aside from the glitz and glamour of the sunshine state, it’s famous oranges and its food scene, NASCAR history and the enchanting Everglades – what else is bringing families from across the country, and even the world, to the state of Florida to live permanently?

More families than ever before are heading to the sunshine state, let’s explore some reasons why, below.

There are numerous regions and areas to choose from

Whether you’re looking for distinct residences in the Boca Raton area, or you’re looking for a community with a more relaxed lifestyle such as Lighthouse Point, Florida has a region to suit any and every lifestyle. As Florida is an incredibly diverse state, with contrasting landscapes, communities, and styles, you’ll have no trouble matching your criteria to your dream home and region. Whether it’s schools and education that’s important to you right now, or you want to live in an area that has leisure and entertainment at its heart, the volume of choice means families and individuals alike are more likely to find their dream home in the Sunshine State.

Florida properties are family-friendly

Did you know that you can get a lot more for your money in Florida? You may be impressed with what your savings can get you here. Properties in the sunshine state are also incredibly spacious, and designed with families and entertainment in mind – what’s more, your dream home could be within walking distance of one of Florida’s glorious beaches or boast its very own swimming pool. Pools are considered mandatory for many residents! So, if you’ve always wanted to teach your children to swim, there’s no better way to learn.

Perpetual Sunshine

Of course, the climate in Florida is perhaps its biggest draw. And the heat isn’t just great for those wanting to top up their tan, health benefits of persistent sunshine and heat can ensure a higher quality of life and an improved mental state. The tropical climate in Florida is occasionally punctured throughout its rainy season, May-October, however, these sudden downpours are short-lived, offering relief before sunshine reigns supreme once again.

And finally, it’s a paradise for growing families

You could be forgiven for thinking that Florida was founded with families in mind, and it’s easy to see why. From its revered education system to its iconic ice cream parlours, Disney World discounts for locals, outdoor pursuits and pro-sports, entertainment everywhere you turn, cultural diversity, water sports that get the whole family in the water, and its friendly, laid back culture make Florida the perfect home for growing families.

Will you be making the move? 

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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Parenting 101: 4 Ways to Bring Up Happy and Successful Children

All parents want to raise kids who are happy and successful in life. However, they are confused with the many parental advice out there. Raising happy and successful kids doesn’t have to be an uphill task. It also doesn’t have to be only about giving them financial pleasure or instant satisfaction; instead, it is quite the contrary. Happy children have the skills that enable them to appreciate long-term happiness in life. They are also able to pass up the instant satisfaction to reach their goals. But as a parent or guardian, it is your duty to help your child realize the best version of themselves.

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Neighborhood

Similar to how family plays a role in shaping a child’s life, the neighborhood settings do so too. Some neighborhoods are places where parents know all their neighbors, and children see optimistic role models. On the other hand, others are full of crime and violence, where neighbors don’t see eye to eye and the children’s home surrounding is affected by stress and loneliness.

It is, therefore, your duty as a parent to make sure that the neighborhood you reside in is safe for your kids. Consider luxury living to give your child a place where they can feel loved and protected.

Allow your Kids to Fail

To boost your kid’s self-confidence, put more focus on providing them with numerous opportunities to learn new skills and pay less attention to compliments. Mastery is the real self-confidence booster. Luckily, when it comes to children, almost everything they do is an opportunity to achieve mastery since everything is new to them. They learn how to crawl, stand, walk, feed, and dress; however, the problem is that parents tend to do too much for their kids and fail to give them the chance to fail.

Children will never know the art of mastery unless they are left to struggle and learn from their failures.

Some skills can be perfected on the first try. But with experience and mastery, they will develop the ‘I can do everything’ attitude, which will help them deal with future problems with positivity.

Foster your happiness

As a parent, you are responsible for your happiness. And since kids tend to absorb everything from you, your mood will play a vital role. A happy parent is more likely to raise a happy kid. But what are you doing for yourself? Did you know that children of depressed parents suffer double the degree of depression? That said, the best thing you can do for your kid’s mental health is attending to yours first.

Set some time aside to relax and rest. Foster your relationship with your spouse, and the happiness of your children will automatically follow.

Give them Time to Play and Reduce Screen time

Studies have confirmed a strong connection between happiness and reduced screen time. On the other hand, play is essential for the kid’s growth and learning. Less playtime can also result in developmental problems related to children’s physical, social, emotional, and mental well-being. 

Bottom Line

Raising well-rounded children is not a walk in the park; however, there are many things you can do to make them happy. Kids who know they are loved and cared for tend to prosper even when faced with difficult situations. Give your kids time to play, allow them to experience failure and success, and more essentially, provide them with a safe and secure environment.

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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How To Encourage Your Kids To Eat If They Are Fussy Eaters

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One of the biggest challenges that parents can face is trying to get their kids to eat. You could spend the whole afternoon slaving over a delicious dish only for one (or more) of them to refuse to eat it. This is frustrating, particularly as you know they tucked into that exact dish the week before with no problems. It just happens to be that this week they are having an aversion to peas, or don’t want anything that is yellow on their plate. If you are facing this battle with your kids then it can be stressful – you want to make sure your kids are getting enough nutrients and minerals, but you also don’t want to pander to them. Luckily, there are a few different things you can do to try and stop them from being such fussy eaters and get them to eat their dinner. Here are some top ideas that you could try…

Encourage your children to cook with you

One of the best ways to encourage your children to eat is to get them to cook with you. By teaching them recipes and showing them how to cook, they will get involved in all aspects of the process and want to eat the end result. Whether you make a broccoli cheese casserole, a pie or something else, there are endless options your child can help with. Encourage them to pitch in ideas and help where they can. (Make sure you let them know they can’t use items such as the oven or knives when you aren’t there to supervise!) 

Arrange their food into fun shapes 

Another good way to get your kids to eat their food could be by arranging their food into fun shapes. This could be anything from animals to smiley faces using the ingredients in their dinner. By doing so, it makes it more fun for them to eat and they will be excited to see what shape you bring out for them. 

Be patient with them, but don’t pander to it

It is important to be patient with your child when they are not eating. If you shout at them or get cross then they will not want to eat at all. Instead, be patient, ask them why they don’t want to eat and give them plenty of time to eat. Make it clear, however, that if they don’t eat their dinner they don’t get anything else. They might just be being fussy as they want something that they prefer. Show them this isn’t an option and they need to eat the food that is in front of them.

These are just a few ways that you can encourage your kids to eat if they are fussy eaters. By trying these you are sure to find that soon they eat more food and you have more success at meal times. What are some top tricks and tips you use to get your little one to eat? 

 

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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6 Tips For A Camping Trip With Kids

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A family camping trip can be plenty of fun, a chance to explore nature, take a break from technology, and create some lovely memories. If you’re preparing for a camping trip with your kids, be sure to consider these six tips.

1 . Prepare For The Weather

Check the weather forecast before you go and ensure that you have all the appropriate clothing items and supplies you’ll need. Remember the weather can change quickly, so even if the forecast is sunny, you’ll still want to bring clothes for rainy weather. To help you pack for you and your kids, apps like ‘PackPoint’ can be useful. PackPoint is a pretty cool vacation app, simply type in the details of your trip and it will tell you what you should bring.

  1. Design An Itinerary 

When you’re going camping with kids, it’s best to create an itinerary to plan what you’re going to do each day. Once the camping trip is underway you won’t have the time to plan things and babysit at the same time! It’s best to get your planning done first, to keep things running smoothly. You might plan a hiking trip, a beach day, bike rides, or a few kids games. Book tickets for any activities in advance, to stay on top of things.

  1. Create A Similar Routine

To help your children enjoy the trip, try to create a similar routine. For example, ensure that your kids get the same nap times, lunch times and bedtimes, (where possible). Creating a familiar structure will help your children to feel relaxed and safe, and to make the most of the trip.

  1. Camping Apps To Help

When you’re planning a camping trip with your kids you might find that the following camping based apps come in handy:

  • All Trails: This application can help you to find the best hiking trails near your camping destination. There’s even a section where you can search for ‘kid-friendly’ hiking trails, to make life easier.
  • Wiki Camps: It’s best to book your camping in advance, but if you need a resource to find campsites, Wiki Camps can help. Here you can search for the best sites plus access camping checklists, and a forum for camping tips. You can also use the app to find the nearest eco-campsites to be more eco-friendly.

 

5. Plan Your Meals 

Before you go on a camping trip with your kids, it’s a good idea to have planned out your meals. There are plenty of easy recipes for camping online, write down a few so you can get everything you need. It’s best to stick to simple recipes, (so you can juggle looking after your kids at the same time)!

  1. Safety Supplies & Checklist

It’s important to take safety supplies on a camping trip, you’ll need a first aid kit, a mini fire extinguisher, a torch, safety whistle, lanterns, and spare food supplies. You should also take insect repellents and sun creams. You might also want to look into clothing made from sun protective fabrics. To learn more about sun protective fabrics check out Rockywoods. Here you’ll also find waterproof fabrics that are ideal for camping and hiking trips.

Once you’ve got organized for your trip you’ll feel more relaxed and ready to enjoy yourself!

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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