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6 Mo. Old Baby Super Sensitive to Noises and Stimulation.

I am a first time Mom with a beautiful 6 1/2 month old son. The good news: He smiles very easily and smiles BIG, is very engaging and flirtatious. He makes good eye contact, laughs when I laughs, responds to his name, ect. The concern: he is very supersensitive to noises. Even the cat meowing too loudly will make him jump out of his skin. If the annoying noise continues, it will trigger a complete meltdown. For example, we met a friend for lunch and she had a mild but persistent cough. The sound of her cough scared him and annoyed him so badly that he just had a COMPLETE meltdown and we had to leave the diner. He also seems to get overstimulated very easily. When he wakes up from a nap he is a bowl of sunshine for about 45 minutes and then starts getting super fussy and melting down and I have to either rock him to sleep or take him to a dark room with a white noise machine. He can not soothe himself or comfort himself in the least. After his nap or time out then he's a sweet bowl of sunshine again for another 45 minutes and then the process continues. I feel like I'm walking on eggshells a lot of the time. If somebody approaches us in the grocery store, I hold my breath. He may like the sound of their voice and engage OR they might sneeze, talk too loudly or their kids might start running around his stroller and trigger a meltdown. It's a hard balance to expose him to new people and experiences while also making him feel secure and to not scare him. My ped says that it is still normal for his age but I'm starting to suspect some type of Sensory Processing/Integration Disorder. I know that with these types of disorders that early intervention is crucial but is it still too EARLY to be concerned? Has anybody else experienced this. If he does have a SPD/SID do you know of any resources in the area as most peds seem to be reluctant to diagnose these types of things until it's too late and I can find little info on the subject. Any info/ advice would be greatly appreaciated as I am first time Mom, in a new place with no support network and my husband is in Iraq. Thank you very much.

P.S he does NOT seem bothered by touch or the textures of his clothing ect as I've heard is common with other sensitive babies.

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Wow, all of you ladies have certainly restored my faith in the kindness and compassion of strangers. I am new to this site and this is the first blog that I have posted. You all seem to have busy lives and yet you took the time out of your day to try and help a frazzled rookie Mom. Thank you very much. You have all given me some great advice. After reading all of your responses, I have begun to keep a detailed daily journal of his days and have also been videotaping his responses to the offensive sounds, which I am going to take with me to his 9 month check-up. He's not sitting up yet or has not even rolled over for that matter and refuses to do tummy time and is vehemently rejecting solids. If that does not improve by 9 months then I will have at least 2 areas of concern and will definately persue a more agressive plan of action to get the answers that I need. Until then I am going to monitor things closely, do some research, and continue to enjoy his beautiful smile and sweet spirit every chance I get. Best wishes to all of you ladies! Thanks again!

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Buy the book, "The Out of Sync Child." It's all about SP/ID and the entire spectrum of related disorders. If nothing else it should help you determine if you should persue that suspicion. I think it merits a little more looking into either way. A cat's meow shouldn't be setting him off like that. Good luck!

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My little girl was the very same way when she was young. I totally understand where you are. I remember going to Walmart and things would be ok and then the lights would flicker and that was it.. totally meltdown and NOTHING worked except to remove her from the situation. My ped also didn't think there was an issue. I took it upon myself to call Babies Can't Wait and they came out and did an evaluation of her. She was to young to say to much but she did have some sensory things going on. She also was not bothered by touch or tags in her clothes or anything but to many people around her in her space... kids running around and playing... different lights going into certain places... things like that. We did get her therapy through Babies Can't Wait. Over time, she had what is called Autism spectrum.. which I didn't freak about because that just means she did have some traits of that. She was in therapy until she was 3, then she did get help going into early intervention through public school because they age out of Babies Can' Wait at age 3. This is not to scare you in any way, just to let you know what I experienced which could be totally different for you. However, let me tell you.. my little girl is now 8 yrs old, doing just fine has not had to have any help in years so I believe in early intervention!! They helped me as well as her how to deal with issues and gave us techniques to work her through her meltdowns, which is great because even now she will use some of those when she is feeling overwhelmed, it is awesome to see her handle things and be a normal child. I will tell you, it was very hard and mentally stressful. Not knowing what and when would set her off and then knowing once she got going we would have to leave or remove her from the situation. I hope this helps in some way. Like I said this may not be the case with your son, but I DO know what you are talking about and how difficult it can be at times. Just hang in there and if you have any questions or would like to discuss this further I would be happy to listen and try to give some of my techniques that might work. Take Care! M.

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My little boy was the same way at that age and it was always related to being tired. He was a BIG sleeper. He would wake up fine and happy, but after about an hour he was ready to go back to sleep again and that's when things really triggered his meltdowns. It really made it hard to schedule outings and stuff because of his naps. We've always used a white noise machine, but made him cry it out early on so he learned to soothe himself to sleep. It's hard to do - especially if you're alone and don't have your husband there for support. However, it does take time to develop the pattern. Try introducing sounds that seem to annoy him when he's first awake and happy. My little girl still cries uncontrollably at the vacuum because it freaks her out (I guess I should clean more?) I think I would give it until he's about 12 months old and then look into resources.

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Hi Becca,

I have a 5 year old daughter with SPD. Occupational therapists can diagnose SPD, but I'm not sure how early. We adopted my daughter from China when she was 13 mos old and had her evaluated at 2 1/2. I would try calling Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and try and set up an evaluation. You shouldn't have to wait long for an eval appt, but there will most likely be a wait for an available therapist for therapy if your son does have SPD. They are much in demand. There's a great book called The Out of Sync Child and a great online support group at this address: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SID-DSI_AllAboutKids/

These 2 resources will be able to give you more information. Good luck!


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Becca - One of my friends had the same issue -just as in your case, the ped said there was no big deal. That was, until she took her son into his office during an episode. She said that as soon as she saw him going into one of his spells, she grabbed him up and took him to his doctor; no appointment, no phone call. When she got there, screaming baby in-tow, the doctor's perspective changed and her son was referred for assessment. He was diagnosed with sensory disorders and has been mch better since entering treatment.

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As a advocate for people with didsabilities request to see a developmental peditrician.My ds Nigel had multiple disabilities.We see Dr donna Evans at Backus.She is very knowledgeable about issues.Nigel's disorder Osteogenesis Imperfecta is rare.She knew what it was and called before my appt to ask which type of OI he had.I was impressed.I know a number of parents with children who are easily stimulated feel free to email me directly I could ask them for help and ideas.

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Hello Grovetown mom,

My name is A. and I'm also new to Adel. I would love to chat with you sometime. I'm also in the medical field not quite sure of whats going on with your son, but I might can be of some help. I have four children of my own. I work daily in Douglas, I'm the administrator of a assisting living facility there. If you have any question as far as medical goes I will try to help you or you just need some one to talk with.

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I have a 9 1/2 month old son and he was also very sensitive to noises at around that age. Sometimes he still jumps out of his skin when he hears a sudden noise. He use to lose it when I would turn the bath water on because it scared him so much. I just wanted to let you know that he is much better. He even loves putting his hands under the running water in the bath! My friend had a 3 year old who did the same thing. I think it just means that they have sensitive personalities. Try not to worry...I notice that every time I start worry about something he grow out of it and there is something new to worry about!

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Hi Becca,

I think it might be pretty normal---when my daughter was about that age (she is now 11 months) she would jump at ANYTHING. My husband would be all the way across the house and would sneeze and she would wake up from her nap SCREAMING or be awake and just have a meltdown. Same thing with the door bell or any noise. Fortunately she grew out of it after a few months and now the noises don't bother her. But if it keeps up it may be something to look further into??

Best of luck! I don't know how you take care of your baby by yourself. I can't imagine taking care of this bundle of energy w/out my husband here. Let me know how things go!


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