Baby Born Deaf Gets Life-Changing Surgery, Moment He Hears Music For First Time Goes Viral

The ability to see and hear is a gift and it opens up so many doors and pleasures in life, that it’s hard to imagine life without being able to use our eyes and ears to get through the days.

Like most things in life, we don’t appreciate these gifts until we lose them or in some cases if we are born without them.

Fifteen-month-old Owen Montoya was born deaf, which was exceptionally difficult for his musically-inclined parents. Naturally, they hoped he would follow in their footsteps and appreciate music in the same way that they did.

Learning a parent’s voice is one of the first things that a baby does when it comes to recognizing their caretakers and it doesn’t take long for most babies to pick up on the inflections and tones of their mom and dad’s voice.

Babies don’t even have to be facing the parent for them to recognize that they are in the room and will show feelings of excitement and happiness when they hear that memorized voice.

But, Owen never had the chance to learn his mom and dad’s voice, until recently, after he underwent surgery to place a cochlear implant in his left ear.

And from that moment on, the boy’s life changed forever.

In the video below, you can witness Owen experiencing sound for the first time and it’s clear that this added sense is bringing him joy, right along with his parents.

He can be seen smiling at simple things that we take for granted every day, like the gurgling sound made from lips. Owen is clearly in awe when he smiles at the noises erupting from his caretaker’s lips.

He even points to the lips, recognizing where the noise is coming from. And then, he is seen sitting at the dinner table while listening to music.

This is where Owen really shows his newfound love for music, and he starts dancing in his seat as if its the most natural thing in the world for him.

He’s bouncing side to side and waving his arms around showing off his love of the tunes. The entire time, he is bobbing his head up and down with a huge grin on his face.

This surgery was certainly a life changer for both Owen and his family.

“We were so excited to see him enjoying music this much, it was the craziest moment ever,” said his mother, Janae Montoya, 26.

“When we found out Owen was deaf, it was very hard for us, because our family is very musical. I’ve always wanted him to experience it.”

It’s like witnessing someone opening up a gift for the first time and luckily his parents will be able to watch these videos forever and show Owen how happy he was when he was blessed with the newfound ability to hear.

All of our senses are given to us as a gift in life and because we are born with them and they are all we know, we sometimes take them for granted.

POLICE IMMEDIATELY ARREST MOTHER AFTER SEEING THE PHOTOS SHE POSTED OF HER BABY (PHOTOS)

People all over the world were enraged when a woman identified as Ayra Dela Cruz Francisco reportedly posted photos of her baby on a leash eating what appears to be dog food.

Among those upset by the photos was Lurleen Hilliard, 46, an anti-child abuse campaigner from Dublin, Ireland.

Lurleen is the founder of Nolonger Victims, an international organization that educates others about abuse and helps protect the victims.

“I was trawling through Facebook on Monday when I came across the images she had posted on her page,” she told The Daily Mail.

“If we tolerate this level of abuse and parents think they can post these images online in order to boost their page or to make themselves look good then all we’re doing is saying that we support, and we’re enabling, child abuse.

“What made me more concerned was if this is what she’s happy to post on Facebook then what is she doing behind the scenes that nobody knows about?

This is what she’s willing to show us, what isn’t she willing to show us?”

Lurleen contacted authorities in the U.S., who in turn began investigating the matter. Dela Cruz Francisco has reportedly been taken into custody, but Lurleen is still worried about the outcome.

“Apparently, the father works for a government agency so whether they’re going to try and pull some strings to allow her off with a slap on the wrist, but I’m determined that that’s not going to happen,” she said.

“I’m going to keep on at it and keep pressure on them for her to be charged, because it’s not acceptable.”

Dinky Soliman, the Secretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, said it was a clear case of child abuse prior to Dela Cruz Francisco’s detainment.

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Johnson & Johnson Finally Admits: Our Baby Products Contain Cancer-Causing Ingredients

Johnson and Johnson is well-known for their family products. They have recently faced lawsuits and public outrage over their baby products.

Moms go through a lot to protect their children during pregnancy. Once your children are born, you obsessively protect them from every threat under the sun.

But sometimes, by simply trusting the product labels meant to protect your family, you unknowingly put your child in the path of danger.

Johnson and Johnson’s Questionable Ingredients

Johnson and Johnson  label many of their bath products as being “baby-safe”.

However, their shampoos, soaps and lotions contain questionable ingredients detrimental to the health of babies and their parents.

The Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit environmental research organization, lists concerns over Johnson and Johnsons’s multiple additive exposure sources; skin, eye, and lung irritants; cytotoxic ingredients; endocrine disruptors; neurotoxins; and bioaccumulative carcinogens.

Two of the most concerning ingredients are Quaternium-15 and 1,4 dioxane.

Quaternium-15 releases formaldehyde, a well-known carcinogen that causes watery eyes; burning sensations in the eyes, nose, and throat; coughing; wheezing; nausea; and skin irritation. Daily exposure is linked with leukemia and brain cancer.

Other formaldehyde-releasing chemicals used by Johnson & Johnson include DMDM hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea, and Diazolidinyl urea.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, inhaling 1,4 dioxane causes vertigo, drowsiness, headache, anorexia and irritation of the eyes, nose, throat, and lungs, while topical application may irritate the skin. It’s also a possible carcinogen.

To avoid this chemical, keep an eye out for ingredients like PEG-100 stearate, sodium laureth sulphate, sodium myreth sulphate, polyethylene and ceteareth-20, which produce 1,4 dioxane as a byproduct.

Public Backlash

After the public became aware that theses ingredients were lurking in their children’s soap and cream, outraged parents wrote to the company demanding more transparency and a change in their formula.

Additionally, on October 31, The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics sent Johnson and Johnson a letter signed by 25 environmental and medical groups, demanding they “commit to removing the chemicals from all of its products by November 15, 2016.” The Campaign also urged consumers to boycott Johnson and Johnson until they complied.

Johnson and Johnson responded:

“We have been phasing out the use of preservatives that release tiny amounts of formaldehyde to guard against bacterial contamination.

These preservative technologies, which are used widely in our industry are all safe and approved in the countries where they are sold…

Over the past couple of years, we already have reduced the number of formulations globally with these ‘formaldehyde releaser’ preservatives by 33% and in the U.S. by over 60%.

We are completing this reformulation as quickly as we can safely and responsibly do so.

As part of the manufacturing process, we have extensive monitoring to ensure that the amount of a trace byproduct known as “1,4 dioxane” in any of our products is well below the level that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and regulatory agencies around the world consider safe.

…We have introduced new product formulations for consumers who prefer natural products, such as JOHNSON’S® NATURAL®, a line that is 98% natural, and contains no formaldehyde releasing preservatives or traces of 1,4 dioxane.”

This new line of baby products is too little too late, and cost nearly twice as much as other products produced by the company. Johnson and Johnson faced lawsuits in the past over their baby powder products, which were found to cause ovarian cancer.

After exposing babies and children to deadly ingredients for decades, can this company really be trusted to produce safe products?

Always Read your Labels

Johnson and Johnson isn’t the only company to sell dangerous baby products.

The Environmental Working Group summarizes this problem:

  • 82% of children are exposed every week to one or more ingredients with the potential to harm the brain and nervous system.
  • 69% of children are exposed every week to one or more ingredients that may disrupt the hormone system, and 3.6% of children are exposed to ingredients with strong data linking them to cancer, including chemicals classified as known or probable human carcinogens.
  • 80% of children’s products marked as gentle and non-irritating contain ingredients linked to allergies and skin or eye irritation according to government and industry sources.

Common sources of chemical exposure include baby shampoo, lotion, diaper cream, sunscreen, and a number of other children’s body care products.

Your Children are more at Risk

Because a child’s skin is 30 percent thinner than an adult’s, children can absorb up to 10 times more chemicals from bath products than their parents.

Jane Houlihan, EWG’s vice president for research explains why children are exposed to so many toxins on a daily basis. “Children are more at risk than adults from many chemical hazards, but we have no special standards to protect them.”

“The safety of baby products falls under the purview of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), but unlike for drugs and food additives, the FDA has no power to require that cosmetics are tested for safety before they are sold. And due to other loopholes in the law, manufacturers are free to use any claim they wish, such as ‘safe’ and ‘ultra mild’ without proof, and many do just that.”, warns the EWG.

Most surprisingly, many countries banned these harmful chemicals from their imported products, and Johnson and Johnson respects these guidelines.

This means that most companies already have manufacturing facilities and recipes that respect the sensitivities and needs of children.

While Denmark, Finland, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, South Africa, Sweden and the U.K. have access to safer products, the company insists on providing American families with carcinogen-loaded soaps.

What You as A Parent Can do

You should always read the labels on all the products you expose your children to, whether it be food, hygiene products or toys.

Always use all organic 100% natural products on your baby’s skin. You can also try making your own household products like shampoo or toothpaste. Instead of using baby oil and baby powder, try applying coconut oil to prevent chafing, hydrate skin, and cure diaper rash.