The first thing to watch out for is to ensure that your baby is hearing well. You’ll know from watching your baby carefully. 

  • From birth your baby will be startled by loud sounds. He should be soothed and quietened by a calm, loving voice and will soon start to recognise mum’s voice and smile when spoken to. 
  • From 4 to 6 months, she can move her eyes in the direction of sounds, respond to changes in the tone of your voice and notice music and toys that make sounds. 

 If you are worried that your baby is not reacting to loud noises, not responding to your voice or turning her head towards sounds like voices or music, ask your clinic or medical practitioner to do a hearing screening test during one of your routine clinic visits. Remember – don’t forget to take your baby’s Road to Health Booklet 

Similarly, be aware of your baby’s babbling and playing with sounds. 

  • If baby is not babbling and making a variety of sounds by 9 months – get her checked at the clinic. Problems could be related to hearing or possible developmental delays. 
  • Be very careful with any ear infections. If your baby is rubbing his ear or ears, or there is any discharge from the ear, take him to the clinic as soon as possible. Untreated ear infections can lead to loss of hearing. Ear infections can also be a complication of bad colds, flu and upper respiratory tract infections – so watch these carefully.