Sensory overload can be a tremendous problem if your child or infant has sensory development issues. Some of these issues may not be apparent to you until they’re too much for your child to deal with on her own.
Use a Firmer Touch
Ironically, using a lighter touch for a child or infant who has sensory issues can actually make the problem worse. A firmer touch is less problematic and can be more comforting. The reason for this is that a firmer touch from you can feel more secure and protective, which can ease any fear or doubt.
Dampen Sounds as Much as Possible
Sounds are another problem that a child or infant with sensory issues might find overwhelming. You might not be able to predict which sounds can cause problems and an infant isn’t able to communicate the problem to you clearly. Reducing background noise and using dampening materials, such as rugs and wall hangings, in the child’s room can help significantly.
Try Dimming Lights
Lighting can pose problems, too. If your child or baby seems to have trouble with light stimulation, try using dimmer switches or night lights more often. Other sources of light, such as a television, can make the problem worse. Experiment a bit to find the right combination for your child or infant. At bedtime, you might be surprised to find that even tiny amounts of light can be enough to keep your child awake.
Keep a Consistent Ambient Temperature
Temperature makes a difference, too. You might not notice small degrees of change in the ambient temperature, but your child or infant with sensory difficulties may notice every single degree. Sticking as closely as possible to a consistent ambient temperature can help to avoid meltdowns that you weren’t prepared for when your child becomes uncomfortable.
Make Feedings as Calm as Possible
Whether you’re feeding a baby or a child, sensory difficulties can make eating a complicated part of each and every day. If you can keep meal times as calm as possible, then they’re less likely to be overwhelming for your child. Try to keep background noise minimized and avoid too much interaction during mealtimes, because that can be distracting, too.
You may want to enlist the help of pediatric home health care for children to help you manage some of these situations. It’s a lot to handle on your own, and pediatric home health care providers who specialize in these sorts of situations have experience in keeping sensory overload to a minimum for your child.
If you or a loved one are considering Pediatric Home Health Care Services in McKeesport PA, please call and talk to the caring staff at Extended Family Care of Pittsburgh at (412) 693-6009. We will answer all of your questions.
Laura has earned her MBA in Health Care Administration from Canisius College, a Bachelor of Science degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo and is currently a CPR/First Aid Instructor for the American Red Cross. Laura has sat on three Professional Advisory Committees throughout the community, has been on the Board of Directors for a non-profit nursing home, currently acts as an Advisory Board Member for the Allegheny County Respite Care Coalition, Gateway Health Plan, and the North Allegheny School District Elementary Advisory Council. She is also an active committee member of the Southwestern PA Partnership on Aging, Twilight Wish Foundation and Marshall Elementary Yearbook Committee.
Raising four active children with her husband Brian, she seems to spend more time on baseball and soccer fields than she does at home which helps her appreciate their family vacation time even more.
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