How To Help A Child With Hearing Problems

Hearing problems can affect any child, and as a parent, thinking your child is struggling to hear can be frightening. There are some signs you can look out for to spot a problem early and seek treatment. Many hearing problems are caused by simple things like ear infections or wax build-ups and can be treated with ear-drops or antibiotics. For more serious problems, your GP may suggest a hearing aid.

 

 

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All children have regular check-ups as they grow, and at this standard childhood appointments, your Doctor will check your child’s hearing to make sure no issues are developing.

 

If you have family members with hearing issues, make sure to watch out for the same signs in your children. Hearing loss can also be caused by premature birth, birth complications and newborn jaundice. Later on, some medications can cause problems, as can regular ear infections or exposure to very loud noises.

 

To protect your child’s hearing, make sure you always have any ear infections treated promptly. If you’re taking your child to somewhere loud, like a concert, protect them with ear defenders to avoid damage to their ears.

 

Look out for hearing milestones. All children, from birth, should react to sudden or loud noises. By 3 months, your baby should recognise your voice. By 6 months, your baby should react to loud sounds by turning their heads towards the direction of the noise. Once your baby starts to become a toddler and reaches a year old, they should be mimicing sounds and beginning to form words. Not reaching milestones on time isn’t always a reason to worry; some children just develop later than others. If you’re concerned, make an appointment with your doctor to be sure.

 

As your child grows, any hearing struggles should be easier to spot. Look out for kids who are behind their peers with learning speech, or who don’t react to their name. Are they slower to learn than the other children? Do they appear to ignore you when you speak to them? If your child frequently struggles to hold conversation, becomes frustrated in rooms with a lot of background noise or often asks for the television or any music to be turned up, it may be worth having their hearing checked out.

 

If your GP thinks there is a problem, they will refer your child to a specialist. A paediatric hearing specialist will check your child’s ears and then test their responses to sounds with a series of games. This means the test isn’t scary for even young children.

 

If your child does need help, there are lots of hearing aid options available. For kids, it’s important to choose a hearing aid which is easy to use and comfortable to wear. Look at 100% rechargeable hearing aids to make sure you can keep your childs’ aids working at all times. Try a variety of fits to find what works best for your child. The best hearing aid for your child is one they will actually wear.

 

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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9 Must Have Gadgets For Pregnancy9 Must Have Gadgets For Pregnancy

If you’re pregnant for the first time, it’s natural to want to track every last detail and buy every gadget on the market to help you do that. But which pregnancy gadgets are actually worth having?

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  1. Fetal doppler. A doppler machine lets you listen to the baby’s heartbeat. If you’re finding it difficult to wait to listen to your baby’s heart between doctor’s appointments, this machine could give you peace of mind. With some dopplers, you can even record heartbeat to share with the grandparents.
  2. Contraction tracker. A contraction tracker can be used all through the pregnancy to help you notice patterns. If you know what’s normal for your body, you can screen out false alarms later on in the pregnancy, and feel more sure your contractions are the real deal when you go into labour. You can also use the tracker to help your partner understand what you’re feeling. Try Bloomlife, a rentable piece of kit, which is the first and only wearable for pregnancy in the world.
  3. Anti-sickness wristbands. Nausea is one of the most unpleasant side effects of pregnancy. There are lots of remedies out there, but for a natural alternative, try anti-nausea wristbands. Usually sold for motion sickness, these bands work by pressing on your wrist’s pressure points, which interrupts feelings of nausea.
  4. Bump headphones. You can now special ‘headphones’ for placing on your bump to play sounds to your baby. Many expectant mothers enjoy playing music to their baby in the womb, and find that listening to soothing sounds relaxes them both. Try it out, and see if it works for you.
  5. Kick trackers. Logging every scrap of data you can? A kick tracker can be used to track and log every movement and kick of your baby. Spot patterns on when baby is most active, and what sort of movement they’re up to.
  6. A Tens machine. A Tens machine uses small electrical pulses to provide natural pain relief. They’re great during contractions to make things more comfortable. Check with your doctor before investing in one, however, and practice using it before the big day.
  7. Digital baby book. Go digital with your baby book so it’s always safe and can be more easily shared. Using a free template, you could create a simple website where you can track updates about your pregnancy and the baby when it arrives. Never worry about losing the book, and a website is far easier to share with the whole family at once so they can up with how you’re doing.
  8. A razor reach. Reaching your shins to shave your legs with a baby bump in the way is a real challenge. If you’re still bothered about having hair-free legs, a razor reach is a great tool. The long plastic handle makes reaching with your razor much easier.
  9. Pregnancy pillows. Sleeping while pregnant is a real challenge. Get a good pregnancy pillow to help you find a comfortable position. You can even get ones with a hole in the middle for your bump if you’re usually a front sleeper.

 

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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Kids Will Love this Fun and Easy Orbeez DIY Underwater Adventure Creation!

Trying to keep the kids occupied on hot/rainy summer days is sometimes a struggle. I am always looking for cheap but fun craft activities the kids can do when the weather is bad. I came across Orbeez, and they are so much fun for my kids. I am going to share a fun DIY activity that is not only affordable, but keep the kids having fun for hours and days!

Below is what you will need to create a fun underwater creation with your kids.

Orbeez Underwater Adventure

Bag of aquarium rocks

Small fish bowl

Aquarium plants and decorations

2 containers of Orbeez Grown Orbeez Bottles in clear color (or choose from a variety of colors to give your water a pop of color)

Orbeez Wow World Wowzer Surprise (each contains 1 surprise, purchase as many as you’d like for your aquarium to come to life).

 

 

 

Step 1: Start by pouring the rocks into the bottom of the fish bowl.

 

Step 2: Decorate the fish bowl any way you would like.

 

Step 3: Take your Grown Orbeez Bottles and pour into the fish bowl. Make sure you use enough to fill it.

 

 

Step 4: Reveal which Orbeez Wow World Wowzer Surprise Wowzer you have! Pour water into the top of the glove to reveal your Wowzer.

 

Step 5: Put your Wowzer in the fish bowl.

 

Step 6: Pour water into the fish bowl to watch your fish bowl come to life! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The best thing about Orbeez is that they can be reused again and again to make all kinds of fun creations! My kids had an absolute blast with these Orbeez products! I highly recommend these products to keep your kids busy this summer!

Orbeez Grown Orbeez Bottles are available at Target, Walmart, Walgreens and Amazon. Orbeez Wow World Wowzer Surprise Series are available at Target, Amazon, and Claire’s.

 

*I received the above products in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own. 

 

 

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