No one wants to think about things going wrong for their newborns. If we could, we’d wrap them in cotton wool to ensure their lives were as comfortable as possible. And, for the vast majority of new parents, this approach works pretty well at seeing newborns into the world fighting fit and raring to go. Sadly for some unfortunate families, though, those early stages aren’t such smooth sailing. And, as the parents of one in 1,000 babies discover, hearing setbacks are one such issue that can really rock the boat.
Hearing loss or impairment is devastating when it happens to anyone you’re close with, let alone a newborn baby. The good news is that spotting signs early can be a massive help for treatment. Even if hearing impairments are long-lasting, early knowledge also means that you’ve got plenty of time to grow with your baby and learn more about body language, hearing aids, etc. The trouble is that your newborn can’t exactly tell you they don’t hear how they should.
In fact, far too many parents and general tests fail to pick up on hearing impairments during those first precious years. To make sure you don’t make the same mistake, keep reading to find out three vital warning signs that all is not well where your newborn’s hearing is concerned.
# 1 – No startle response
While newborns might not be able to interact or follow points of focus, that doesn’t mean they aren’t aware. Babies in the womb at 26+ weeks have been found to startle at loud noises, so your newborn definitely should. If, however, they show no reaction to things being dropped, or something such as a car backfiring, it’s a significant red flag that their hearing isn’t as it should be.
# 2 – Sleeping like an angel
As a new parent, you were likely prepared for all manner of sleepless nights. But, much to your joy, your little one seems to sleep like an angel no matter what. This can be a plus point that parents revel in, but a baby that sleeps through even noisy conversations may be struggling in ways you don’t realize. After all, even the best behaved little tots are liable to wake up crying if you pesky adults disturb. If that’s not happening, things might not be right.
# 3 – A silent baby
A baby that’s not making cooing noises by around two-months may also need attention. You shouldn’t expect full words, of course, but ‘ohh’ and ‘ahh’ sounds should be pretty standard newborn fare by the time you reach this stage. If you aren’t hearing them, it’s possible your baby isn’t hearing you.
If you have noticed any of these signs, you mustn’t panic. Often, a check-up will confirm your bundle of joy is absolutely fine. Even if there is an issue, early treatment could still see your youngster on the straight and narrow. The key here is to contact professionals for an opinion that confirms things once and for all.