Bursting of crackers gives mothers of newborn babies a tough time.
Noise pollution can lead to hearing problem for newborns, say neo-natal experts. Doctors say parents of newborns have to ensure the babies are not exposed to such high-impact sound.
Dr Jayshree Mondkar, head neonatologist of Sion hospital, said: “Since they are too small, the impact is subtle and gauging the damage is difficult. Exposure to loud cracker sound may damage to ear drums.”
The Diwali fireworks register at 140 dB, which is loud enough to cause permanent hearing loss. Earmuffs can effectively reduce dangerous levels of noise.
“Don’t get too close to fireworks. Loud noises above 80 dB can affect the development of hearing in young children,” said Dr Gauri Mankekar, consulting ENT specialist, PD Hinduja hospital.
Dr Chander Lulla, fetal medicine specialist of Jaslok Hospital, said: “Though there is no research done on the developmental impact of noise pollution created by firecrackers during Diwali on foetus, it is advisable that a woman stays away from loud firecracker noise during the first three months of pregnancy.”
Dr Harish Shetty, senior psychiatric said, “There is a certain section of children in the age group of 2-15 who develop anxiety and fear because of loud cracker noise. I suggest parents not to force children to burn firecrackers.”