It's exciting to create new family traditions with your little ones, and as the 4th of July rolls around, you might be thinking about taking your babies to the fireworks show. The fireworks to celebrate America are a time-honored tradition, and it's no wonder you want to include those closest to you. Kids, for the most part, love fireworks, but, is it safe to take a baby to see fireworks? There are a few things to consider before you make your decision.
The biggest thing new parents wonder about is whether or not a fireworks display is too loud for babies. According to Boys Town National Research Hospital in Omaha, there is a risk of hearing damage when viewing fireworks shows. The first thing to consider when thinking about hearing damage is the proximity of the person to the sound. The closer you and your babies are to the actual display, the louder it is, and the higher the risk of your little babes' hearing getting affected, as mentioned by Boys Town Hospital.
The second thing to consider regarding hearing damage is how loud the fireworks show is. According to the World Health Organization, adults shouldn't be exposed to more than 140 decibels of peak sound pressure, and for children, that number drops to 120. So, if a firework is exploding at 170 decibels, your family would have to be at least 200 feet away in order to be considered safe.
Another thing to think about before you decide to take your babies to the fireworks is how they might react to the booms, lights, and crowds. According to Parents, some babies might be mesmerized by the lights and colors, but others might be frightened by the noises and swarms of people.
Jon Saltzman, a paramedic for ParaDocs Worldwide, works a lot of 4th of July events, and he offered some advice. "Young children and babies don’t always appreciate the loud explosions," he tells Romper. If they are new to fireworks, bring protective headphones to take the edge off the loudness, Saltzman suggests. This will help protect their hearing and prevent the meltdown of a terrified little one.
It's best to always have a backup plan in case your best intentions don't work out as planned. The website for The Today Show noted that toughing it out is not the best idea — sometimes just leaving to bring your baby some relief is best. The whole family can always just enjoy the show on the TV at home.