Every day I read with interest the agenda of my little son's infant school. In it, your teacher tells me what they have done in class or how the child has spent the day. Lately, he writes that he gets scared with the class mascot. He does not like to take it or play with it. At home, I have also not
Every day I read with interest the agenda of my little son's infant school. In it, your teacher tells me what they have done in class or how the child has spent the day. Lately, he writes that he gets scared with the class mascot. He does not like to take it or play with it. At home, I have also noticed some new fears in him.
How to help children with fear of noise
One of my 2 year old's fears is about noise. If they have put a paper in the windshield wipers of the car and it sounds when hitting the glass when the car is moving, it is alarmed asking where that sound comes from. If the neighbor slamming the door loudly when entering the house, he comes running asking what the noise was. It may seem exaggerated, but he is very small and captures hundreds of sounds that pass unnoticed by adults.
My son's hearing is always alert to possible unknown noises . In fact, it also surprises me how it captures sounds that go completely unnoticed by me, like a bird that trills, a song on the radio of another car or a man whistling down the street.Children, in this stage of their life, are in a
constant attention state, so that loud and unknown noises create fear and anxiety. It is important, that parents do not despise this feeling in children. You have to support them and be by their side when they are afraid of a noise. Otherwise, this insecurity could be enhanced.If the child cries, is startled or scared by a strange noise, it is important that
do not ridicule or laugh at him . Explain to him what is due is noise and why he should not fear it. Do not try to expose the noises that frighten you abruptly, it could increase your sense of panic, do it gradually and with time.Little by little, she will lose that feeling and overcome her fears, normally at age 4 children are no longer frightened when they hear noises like the vacuum cleaner or the express pot in the kitchen.
It is important to remember also on the
International Day of Noise celebrated on the last Wednesday of April that millions of people live daily with noises exceeding 65 decibels , the daytime noise threshold established by theOrganization World Health Organization (WHO). Exposure to high noise levels can cause serious health problems, such as sleep disturbances, hearing loss and even other diseases such as stress, anxiety, cardiovascular problems or learning difficulties in children. Therefore, it is essential not to subject children to unnecessary noise and to take care of our children's hearing.