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My Grandson might be deaf

Fiona Caine is here to help if you have a relationship, sexual, marriage or family problem.

My daughter and son-in-law have recently had a baby — my first grandchild.

Naturally, we are all thrilled at such a beautiful new addition to our family, so it has come as a great shock to hear the doctors are concerned he may be deaf.

He has to undergo more tests for them to be sure, and my daughter is really upset and confused.

She doesn’t know what to do or who to turn to and I am worried she may be suffering from depression. Her father and I have tried to help all we can but she just keeps saying she must have done something wrong.

How can I help her and, more importantly, how can I help my grandson if it turns out that he is deaf? KM


Your daughter may be suffering from the blues, which happens to a lot of women after giving birth.

However, under the circumstances, this is bound to be worse, so she does need to seek help as soon as possible.

I would suggest you start with her GP, who will know about the baby as well.

I suggest you also contact the National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS).

On its website you will find details of the tests that your grandson will be put through and also what to expect next.

The NDCS will provide plenty of support now and, if your grandson does turn out to be deaf, everything he will need too.

Contact the charity on 0808 800 8880 during office hours.

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