7 Month Old Very Sensitive To Loud Sounds
by Kayla Spears
My Little Sweetheart
Question: My baby is 7 months old and has always been so sensitive to loud noise. When we go to church clapping scares him to death or even someone coughing, laughing, or sneezing makes him jump out of his skin. When we go to Walmart the buggies rattling also scares him and makes him cry... Is this normal or do I have a sound sensitive baby???
Baby Help Line Answer:
Sound Sensitive Baby Or Not
I have to agree, I do think your baby is sensitive to sound. In my experience, the babies I have come across that seem to be sound sensitive, are also very alert, notice absolutely everything around them, learn things quickly, have an incredible memory for things you won't even realize they have picked up. (I don't have scientific proof for this though!)
When you think about it, everything is vibration, even our bodies are billions of tiny atoms vibrating incredibly fast and our eardrums are designed as a sensitive receiver.
What the average person hears normally can be painful for those who are sensitive. Babies can go into overload with stimulation and tiredness can make sound sensitivity more problematic.
You didn't say if your little boy is on solids yet. There is a link between lack of magnesium and sound sensitivity. There is also a link between D vitamin deficiency and magnesium deficiency, so mae sure your baby ets enough D-vitamin.
I would doubt you are giving him artificial sweeteners or highly processed foods, but some babies have had a lot of medicines or vitamins which contain aspartame to sweeten, and that can also affect hearing.
If you are feeding solids to your baby, try high magnesium foods such as beans and vegetables use organic food when possible. Read the labels of processed foods and avoid additives. The AIT Institute has a good summary of medical reasons for sound sensitivity here.
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Just remember that babies (and humans) can be sensitive to sounds without anything being wrong at all! Also, at 7 months, many babies find the whole world quite frightening, and all they want and need is to be close to mom and dad.
It is impossible to avoid loud noises, but if you try to make a game of bang bang, crash crash type noises then you might be able to switch his attentions to fun instead of fright.
Good luck with your little boy, he is such a cutie! By all means visit your doctor for other recommendations.
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