Are your kids afraid of loud noises? I remember the first time my son screamed in fear from a loud noise. He had just had tubes put in his ears the week before and had been recovering well. Some friends of his came over to play and one of them closed the door to his nursery. They didn’t slam it, they were all still so young. Yet, the sound sent pure terror through him. He kept his little head buried deep within my chest for hours to follow. It petrified him. My baby boy, no longer a baby at all, has grown up in many ways. I see him becoming a little boy. Yet, there are times when I still see him become afraid from loud noises, even when they aren’t so loud.
Maybe you find yourself trying to help a child walk into a restroom because they need to go, yet they are so afraid of the echoing sounds within. Toilets flushing, hand dryers blowing, people talking. Does it send fear within your child?
Perhaps on the Fourth of July when other kids finally warm up and delight in the lights of fireworks your little one screams in non stop terror and it takes every ounce of strength within you to keep him or her still long enough to let them know it will be okay. Only, it’s not okay until the next day.
Ideas For Helping Kids Who Are Afraid Of Loud Noises
Understand That Fears Are Real
If you can’t explain in great detail as to why you are afraid of a certain things such as spiders then why expect your child to explain to you in great detail why certain noises are scary. Understand that fears don’t have to make sense to everyone.
Help Them Talk It Out
Just because they can’t explain to you why they are afraid doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t able to explain to you that they are afraid. It’s acceptable for an infant to cry in fear but if this is the first response for say, a third grader, then socially that’s not okay. Help them learn to tell others that they are afraid. Teach them that having fears is nothing to be afraid of, we all have fears.
Help Them Overcome The Fear Of Loud Noises
My husband and I got to the point where when we knew we’d be going somewhere loud that we would bring my son a pair of his favorite earmuffs along. The green ones by Snug were his favorite. Overtime we ended up buying three different pairs. One for school, one for the car in case of emergencies and one that we kept at the house. These earmuffs were one of the best investments that we ever made for our son. We saw him become confident while playing with his friends instead of sitting in the corner upset because things were too loud. He loved them!
Let Them Grow At Their Own Pace
Don’t try to rush the fear of loud noises in your child, that won’t help them outgrow that fear. Instead, it may intensify it. Each person will grow at their own pace in life, some may always be afraid of certain things and the world will see these fears as justifiable. Other times the world may tell you that your fears are irrational and because of that it’s not executable to fear them. That’s really not okay. Don’t be your child’s enemy, let them be afraid but be there to show them that you are there for them. Hold them when they are afraid, kiss them. Let them know that you are there. Don’t get frustrated, teach them how to work through it. One day, when they are ready, those loud noises won’t seem so scary. For my own son that day months after attending his new school. We met with his teacher when the school year started and explained that he had fears of loud sounds. She agreed to let us send those green earmuffs to school that he was so fond of, they’d become like a security blanket to him. Before leaving we heard a loud sound, a very loud sound. A train ran right behind the school playground and his classroom backed up to the playground. He was concerned. I was concerned for him. His teacher said that a train passes by every few hours and sometimes they see one at recess.
Overtime my son had difficulty, always at recess. Always outside. He grew to where he preferred playing inside and one day told me the play ground was too loud. I told him that it would be okay to take his headphones outside so that the train wouldn’t scare him. Then, one day his life changed. He grew up in his own special way. I pulled up to school and there he stood, headphones in hand. He climbed up into the car and told me he didn’t need them anymore.
Your kid may be afraid right now but that doesn’t mean they will always be afraid. Let them know that you are there and that you don’t judge them. You see, what they need most is security.
These are the earmuffs that I use for my son. See all the colors on Amazon