As a parent, you are often the first to notice a difference in your child’s behaviour, from a change in their demeanour to the foods they’re suddenly craving.
But what do you do when there is no clear reasoning behind them becoming increasingly withdrawn, or ignoring your instructions?
The reason for these changes in behaviour could be a health issue that is often overlooked, according to Telethon Speech & Hearing Head of Hearing Services, Philippa Hatch.
“Parents might not consider ear health in the first instance with some of these behaviours, particularly in regard to ignoring instructions, becoming withdrawn or not progressing with speech” she said.
“Poor ear health can result in pain, poor hearing and fluctuating hearing levels in children.
“This can then impact attention, academic performance, as well as cause irritability and poor speech.”
Young children and babies are prone to ear health problems, in particular middle ear infections, which can cause…
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