Aren’t those deep throaty demonic sounds your adorable baby is producing alarming? Usually, they are scary, too. Besides entertaining the thought of bringing in an exorcist, what else runs through your thoughts? Well, to put your mind at ease, these are perfectly normal noises. Just like the common gurgling and whistling noises, the so-called demonic sound is natural, unique to your baby, and a few others. A doctor will tell you that most babies attuned to this type of noise are experimenting with language and communicating in the best way they know.
Meanwhile, it all depends on the exact age of your child. Are they within the six to nine-month age range? Then the demon noises are part of their vocal milestone. You should start to worry, though, if this type of communication goes beyond 12 months, and they are not babbling any of the common words familiar with babies. Here are some of the crucial factors to address concerning your baby’s distinctive vocalization.
Your Baby’s Age Relating to Demonic Noises
The younger your baby is, the more they will be making funny non-verbal noises. Breathing through the nose also has a lot to do with those noises. The tiny airways, combined with the so many ways they try to communicate, bring out all the unsettling sounds. Until age six months and above, you can expect to hear all kinds of sound because your child is learning and testing their language skills. It’s up to you to closely monitor their body language during the growling sounds and see if they are trying to pass a message.
Does Your Baby Try to Communicate Verbally?
Again, your baby’s age goes hand in hand with their vocal development. If they are 12 months and above, they should already have started babbling out words such as ma-ma/ba-aba/da-da, and other partial but familiar words to babies. So, even if they make the demonic noise, they are also trying to communicate verbally. If not, have a physician assess your little one for delayed milestones.
Does Your Child Pick up New Words Frequently?
Besides using partial words, your baby at toddlerhood should also be rapidly learning new vocabulary and vocalizing the same. The standard language development calendar always indicates a steady increase with each passing day. You should worry if your baby is not trying to use a new terminology in the span of a few weeks to months, and all else appears to be stagnating. Also, although everyone’s voice has unique characteristics, observe if your baby’s speech patterns are imitative. Usually, they try to mimic people around them and recreate words often used in these surroundings.
How Are Your Child’s Reactions to Other People?
Normal child development has a few clear markers. For example, from the very beginning, even if your child grunts, they should show interest in you and anyone familiar. For example, does your baby notice and show some reaction whenever you leave the room or come in. Generally, your baby should display that big smile when they see a familiar face. They can also begin to cry
if you exit. They will squeal if they are excited. See if they are interested in their surroundings, including what other people are doing. These are some of the solid pointers that your child is okay.
Other Critical Factors Related to Your Child’s Language Development
At this point, the most important thing is to alleviate your fears concerning your baby’s vocal milestones. And so, you also need to assess if your child can respond to their name. It means that they should quickly turn towards you whenever you call out and look attentively at you. This should be the norm from the age of six months. See also if they can follow simple verbal commands such as come, eat, and go.
If most of the questions are in the affirmative, then there is no need to worry. Your child’s growly sounds are just part and parcel of their overall development. Mostly, it is a phase that they will soon outgrow. However, if your assessment sees problematic patterns, it would be wise to have your child undergo a medical assessment to rule out underlying issues such as autism.