Friendly advice abounds when you bring home a baby—sometimes you ask for it, a lot of the time it’s unsolicited; and in both instances, it’s not always good advice, no matter the intention. Baby sleep is an especial favourite of folks who like to bequeath their anecdotal wisdom; here are the three myths you’re likely to hear when your newborn has you up all night.
Glue ear, referred to as otitis media with effusion (OME), is a condition affecting the middle ear—the portion of the canal behind the eardrum. While it doesn’t cause permanent hearing damage, the temporary impairment while it heals can affect little ones’ development.
You may notice your lil’ tyke nibbling at his fingers or drooling a tad more than usual during the day…so this is teething? Hah! No sweat! Except that when nighttime hits you realise you haven’t escaped the tyranny of teething at all…
At birth, babies receive a hearing test, and then again at regular intervals during their development. It’s an important test because any impediment to hearing can obviously have a big impact on your child’s experience of the world—and early intervention can make a significant difference.
It’s always good to have at least a couple no-cry hacks up your sleeve if your bubs is in need of soothing—here’s 14 tried-and-tested ones to keep you covered and dry the tears pronto.