I have finally trained mom and dad to be bomb diffusers.
I love falling asleep on mum or dad’s shoulder and after a couple of hours of singing, playing, when I finally fall asleep, they just stay like that for another 10-15 mins to ensure I go into deep sleep. Then they can put me on my bed and slowly back out without making a whiff of a sound. They also speak in hushed tones and muted giggles when I sleep. I am such a good trainer! Just to make it more interesting, I leave squeaky toys around randomly on the floor for them to step on and pour water all around so they slip. 🙂
This March 3rd being the World Hearing Day we were invited to get our child tested for hearing test. The event was organized by Cochlear India, the market leader in hearing implants to spread awareness and provide hands-on experience of a hearing test.
Every child is a blessing of God and is a wonderful joy to be around. I love the squeals of laughter and fun we have when I meet children. This is a post with a strong message for all parents. When we had our baby, we were so excited and happy to have someone so cute and chubby in our arms. When the doctor said, “Bring her for evaluation,” We were worried as to why he is checking her nose, weight, height, tongue, ears, eyes and so on. We were then told the tests were to done to check if everything was alright. You can imagine a huge sigh of relief when we were told that everything was clean. But nationwide, statistics speak something else. Let me explain.
In India, 63 million people (6.3%) suffer from significant auditory loss. Four in every 1000 children suffer from severe to profound hearing loss. With over 100,000 babies that are born with hearing deficiency every year. The estimated prevalence of adult-onset deafness in India was found to be 7.6% and childhood onset deafness to be 2%.
Now you must be wondering why I chose to speak of hearing loss. Our hearing is not an independent sense, it is also quite dependent on several things around us. It is important to note that without hearing a child cannot develop speech and language. Between the ages of 1 – 3, a child grasps words and actions from the environment around them without having any logical reasoning to it. These are the crucial growth years. This is the age when a child begins to recognize people, relate to the environment, hear, talk clearly, and make conversation.
Unfortunately, hearing loss is often not detected until a child is 2, 3, or even 4 years old, especially in rural areas. This is due to the poor awareness about deafness and its relation with speech and language development. Another reason is the lack of infrastructure, no access to a good ENT surgeon, audiologist, audiological equipment, and speech therapist.
We spend so much money on unnecessary things and choose to wait it out and listen to our relatives, friends who say, “Don’t worry, he will speak! You started speaking at the age of 2 as well.” We should get our children checked as soon as they are born and in regular intervals to see if there is any form of hearing loss, and if the hearing milestones are met.
If in case you find that your child needs hearing therapy and hearing loss needs intervention, do not delay and rush to the experts. Please ensure your child grows up like any other normal child and enjoys sounds like they are supposed to be enjoyed. Sometimes the hearing loss is severe and beyond the scope of help that hearing aids can provide. Such cases, need intervention by placing an implant.
The test was simple, swift and the devices were not very intrusive. We got tested for our hearing as well as our children. In case of an agitated child, the doctor would administer a medication to relax and then administer the test. The test would be done within five minutes and you can walk out with your child smiling with the candy. The hearing test would help you relax if your child can hear properly and would alert you if not and take necessary corrective action before it is too late. Hearing loss is not something that happens in a jiffy, it is a gradual process and should be checked regularly.
There are two parts to the device. First is the implant goes onto the skull near the ear. The processor collects sounds that the implant helps the brain decipher. The child can wear it discreetly in her hair and has nothing hanging over her ear.
We got to see the latest innovation, after the hugely popular Freedom and Nucleus 6, Cochlear™ has launched Kanso™ – the smartest, most discreet innovation in the field of cochlear implants to date. It was so discrete, small & cute with no wires – none at all! We met a recipient – young, normal child bubbly off spotlight and shy being in limelight. One of my friends was invited to see where the implant was on her head and she had a tough time to figuring it out – that discrete. Being the latest in technology, it helps the child go undetected and not bullied at school and perform her natural routines with ease. Guess what? Komal is one of the leading contenders in her school for winning Spelling Bee contests.
The latest Kanso™ version comes in 8 different colors to match your natural hair
I would strongly recommend getting your child tested for hearing loss and see if they are matching their milestones. It is a simple, painless test to help you stay on a safer side. By the way, we met Bret Lee, who is the Global Hearing Ambassador for Cochlear™.
I found a honey bee today flying in the bedroom. I love playing with bee toys from the Bee movie and I picked it up to have a closer look. The little fella was scared and stung me on my thumb! I should have been careful but this is my first experience with bees and I threw him right away and started screaming. Mom came running and saw my state and saw the bee. Dad rushed and found the sting and took it out without squeezing and then started the frantic side of all. Mom panicking, dad rushing with ice to rub on it all this while I was singing out loud (take that as screaming at the top of my voice with tears rolling from my eyes and sending everything berserk).
Finally, mom came up with this idea of rubbing a fresh cut onion juice on the wound and it really helped relieve the pain as it was cold and wet and works as a local anesthetic and ice helped too. Dad didn’t panic (He did. BIG time). I calmed down and slept off after some time. Mom and dad were watching out for any change in breathing pattern,, or swelling or allergies and luckily I didn’t have any. More than anything else, hugs, love, and kisses from mom and dad helped and I am a happy kid as always 🙂
Lesson learnt, next time don’t touch the bee and see from far! If you get stung, remove the sting, wash with water, use ice, onion juice and Calosoft to relieve pain and if you see any allergies, rush to ER.
Did I tell you that I have a good going with animals and pets? Well I have to tell you about my best friends in the canine world yet and they are Zuko and Maya. Zuko is almost as old as me and Maya has just celebrated her first birthday. I often go there to play with them.
Zuko is well trained and is a good boy and plays fetch and catch with me. I run around him and pull his tail and fight with him and he is okay with that. Here is a latest pic of me playing with them. Zuko is holding the ball and teasing.
I am asking dad to get me one but mum is afraid of dogs. Secretly dad and me have decided to get one soon. I will let you guys know. What should I name a pup when I get to?
My second Christmas. Me, mom, dad, Akanksha Aunty and Nirmala aunty went to church on Christmas and we enjoyed the songs and message.
After church we went to see some nice decoration at UB city and I found santa there.
I saw him only on TV in Jingle bells song but today when I saw him in person I got scared.
I loved those Christmas tree balls , the huge white xmas tree and a very long and beautiful tree.
We also have visited Gopalan mall and forum mall and had loads of fun watching people and decoration and doing shopping. and eating.
I loved the big presents there but they didn’t let me take them 😦 Mum said she will buy me something nice later. I will get them next year!
I love playing with water just like all the children 🙂 I have so many toys but when I get exhausted with them, I go to mom and give a naughty smile and ask for the water play.
Mom brings out all the different shapes and sizes of utensils, cups, plates and gives them to me to play. Once I am tired playing, it is time for bath in hot water so I don’t catch cold and then it is time for some hot milk.
Sometimes mom and dad join in the play and we make bubbles, boats and so on. Do you like playing with water?
You all know the colors in the rainbow. I love the song that has the colors in the reverse. Starts with Red and goes on till violet. I am sure you will love it too. Here is the song let me know what you think!
We believe in a simple principle. We meaning mum, dad and us as a family. Support local businesses and never bargain with people who work hard. Dad and mum both keep buying stuff we get locally including toys which is a big plus for me.
When returning from church, dad found this guy selling umbrellas and picked one for me and Jessie akka. There were two umbrellas he got – Green and Red. As Jessie akka was our guest, she got to pick the color she wanted first and she picked Green. I got red and am happy about it. May be I will learn to fight next time but mum and dad try to teach me that we should always share and make others comfortable. So here I am with the red umbrella hiding from mum who wants to feed me. As I am small enough to hide under this, she cannot see me. Don’t tell her I am here 🙂
Ps: Small moments like these are when you get a chance to teach life lessons to children and though they may be momentarily unhappy about your decision, they will learn a lifetime lessons in values that you would need to teach them later in life. This lesson would not be just for your child but for other child too. Do you have an instance where you have used to pass on a lesson to your children? Share with me!