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DD repeatedly pulling out hearing aids

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katiegolightly Thu 04-Oct-12 21:17:39

(posted in behaviour but reposting here)

I guess this applies to anything you want your baby to stop doing but in our case, 5 1/2 mo DD has suddenly found her hearing aids. Or her left one to be precise.

It started a week or two ago and now every day she reaches her ear and pulls it our with one swift movement. She has done this probably hundreds of times today.

If I see her reaching I just brush her hand away and distract her. If it's out, I say 'No, ears stay in' and put it back.

We always knew she'd get to this stage but I'm hugely frustrated because:

1) I now expect her first word will now be 'no!'
2) I don't want her to feel like she's constantly being told off
3) I know this will go on every day for years until she realises not to do it!
4) She'll probably break them with drool or choke on them at some point

We've tried everything to attach/stick them - basically she will get them off if she wants to, so no point going down that route any further.

I don't know whether to just not say anything each time she does it or whether it's important to enforce every time that she shouldn't do it (even though I don't expect she will stop doing it for some time). They are physically not uncomfortable and she's quite happy when distracted but constant distraction is impossible.

Oh and as I post, right one has just come out and in the mouth too... arggg!

How to tackle repeated unwanted behaviour like this?

blueemerald Fri 05-Oct-12 02:12:00


SallyBear Fri 05-Oct-12 07:10:23

katiegolightly have you considered if she needs new ear moulds? They outgrow them very quickly, or the fit isn't good if they're relatively new moulds. She may be experiencing feedback.

TheNinjaGooseIsOnAMission Fri 05-Oct-12 08:49:24

if you're sure everything is working/fitting properly, there's probably nothing more you can do, you sound like you're doing fab! What's her hearing loss like? It's probably just a case of sitting it out and waiting until she realises that the world is more interesting with them in, although there will still be times when she doesn't want to wear them. My dd3 is 6 and a good hearing aid wearer (now!!) but she still likes time in the evening without them in for a bit of down time. When dd3 was little I'd give her regular breaks from wearing them when she was continually pulling them out, for about half an hour and then try again, it wasn't worth the battle of us both getting stressed. And there's a fairly good chance no will be one of her first words whatever you do grin

katiegolightly Fri 05-Oct-12 08:57:22

blueemerald that is brilliant! going on a search right now, worth a try! Do you have experience of using one of these? I wonder if the hat may muffle the sound slightly?

Moulds are fine - she is growing at a rate of knots but we've had moulds practically every week or two for the last couple of months and same story with each lot.

Thanks for the advice, everyone. I'm sure it will get more interesting when the pulling out is accompanied by a tantrum too!

katiegolightly Fri 05-Oct-12 09:59:58

and I just found this!

I think mum in law and me will have a happy sunday afternoon smile

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