My Baby Is Afraid of Loud Noises
One of the first emotions felt by anyone at the beginning stage of life is fear. Being scared of loud noises is something that is completely normal and acceptable.
However, what does one do when the fear of the noise goes beyond the range of normal and acceptable? What are the thresholds for normality?
First, accept the fact that fear is normal. It is not a reflection on you as a parent, nor is it a sign that something is wrong with your child.
When it comes to fear, the task of the parent is to isolate that which is causing the fear. Loud noises are a common fear-inspiring element.
These following tips will help you understand and hopefully remedy the fear of loud noises in your infant.
Most of the time, an infant is afraid because they are not aware of their surroundings.
You can see how this would be a problem. Imagine the big world around you, and you feel powerless.
This is how your infant feels.
The only comfort they really know is when they are being held, or when they are eating.
Other than that, everything is a new experience and loud noises amplify that strangeness of the world around them.
The way to resolve this is to simply be cognizant of how loud noises can startle and inspire immediate fear in an infant.
2. Quiet Environment
A nursery might be the most calming experience within the hospital structure.
Why? Because of the quietness of the room.
Now, you may think it’s not so quiet when there are other babies upset and crying, but as for the all-around environment, it’s a very isolated, quiet space. This helps with introducing the child to the new world.
The lights are soft.
The walls are painted a quiet color.
There are no loud, sudden noises.
In your home, you will want to replicate the hospital nursery as much as possible.
3. Health Concerns
If your baby is acting strangely towards loud noises, and the fear continues beyond a normal time range, there may be a need to contact the doctor.
The reason behind this is to isolate and identify any health problems.
Although the APGAR test, performed when the infant is born, should tell if the baby has sensory difficulties (such as seeing, hearing), there may be hypersensitivity issues which could lead to hearing difficulties down the road.
Take a careful inventory of everything you see your baby doing when any kind of sound is presented, loud or soft. Give the information to your baby’s doctor.
It will help the doctor understand what you experience as the parent.
4. What is Normal? What is Abnormal?
In the event your baby shows hypersensitivity to loud noises, it is best to gauge the normal range. If it goes beyond normal, this would be the time to contact the physician.
So what is the normal range?
If a baby is startled by a sudden, loud noise, they will most likely demonstrate their fear and shock at the sound. If the noise continues, they should become more in tune with the sound, especially if they understand where the sound is coming from.
However, if they show increased sensitivity to the sound, this may be cause for concern. At that point, you will want to contact the physician for a hearing test or perhaps a sensory test.
Do not be alarmed, however. Nothing is really known until vital tests are conducted.
Remember: your baby feeds off your anxiety. They know when you’re afraid, and they will respond to your fear.
5. Loud Toys
Your baby may love the lights and movement of certain toys, but may not like loud buzzing noises the toys produce. Be cognizant of specific toys that make loud noises.
Although they are given to the baby for fun, the loud noise may create sudden fear or a startled condition. It’s best to use empathy and put yourself in the “shoes” of the infant.
Would this toy scare you?
6. Balance Is Best
When you are playing with your infant, keep in mind the balance between loud, energizing activities, and quiet times.
This is how your baby will establish equilibrium and understand better how noises affect them.
They will most likely sleep better as well.
The balance between loud and soft noises can help your infant overcome the fear and bewilderment loud noises may cause.
7. Parenting Style
It may be a good time to take a brief inventory on yourself and anyone else responsible for a parent role. What do you feel you are doing well?
Accentuate the positives of your parenting style.
What makes your child feel comfortable and safe? What could you do better?
These are questions you will probably ask yourself a thousand times in one day (especially if this is your first child).
Don’t be afraid to try new styles. They can help you understand the reasons you do things and the effect of those things on the relationship between you and your child.
Loud noises are a part of everyday life. There is no cause for concern if your child exhibits normal responses and reactions to the loud noises.
When it becomes concerning, it is time to investigate with a medical professional.
There are specific issues such as sensory processing disorder and hearing impairment which need to be eliminated by a medical professional during testing. More than likely, that is not the situation here.
You are the expert on your child. You know what they like, what they don’t like, and how they live their life.
Good communication between you and any medical professional involved is the best way to cure any problems your child may encounter. The challenge is understanding what is normal and what is abnormal. You will find that comes with parental intuition. You love your child and you want the best for them. Therefore, your decisions will be in their benefit.