Hughan was five months old and was usually very happy and content with life. He always enjoyed going on outings and being kept busy during the day.
On one occasion I had been at home with both of the boys in the afternoon. Hughan all of a sudden became quite restless and he had flushed cheeks. I thought that he was most probably teething and there was nothing much to worry about. I gave him some Calpol (a liquid form of paracetamol), which usually helped.
Later in the afternoon he was become more and more restless and all of a sudden started an excruciate cry. It was as if he was being pinched by something. I checked his nappy pin was not hurting him and I could not find anything wrong. I felt totally helpless and I was finding it hard to calm him in any way. He was very uncomfortable and I didn’t know how I could help him.
I phoned the doctors surgery and they had already closed for the day. I managed to get through to my doctor at her home and she was happy for me to take Hughan to see her.
Hughan had become exhausted from crying and had started to calm down. The Doctor gave him a complete check over and he had a high temperature, but she could not find anything specifically wrong with him. I was to go back home and see the doctor the following day if he continued to cry and be restless.
When we got back home Hughan fell asleep from exhaustion and he slept very soundly for a few hours. The following day he was much happier and there was no need for me to go back and see the doctor.
We are not sure what caused Hughan to have such an excruciating cry that day. We were also still unaware, at this stage, that he had any hearing problems.