At what age can you take your child to a concert or festival?

At what age can you take your child to a concert or festival?
At what age can you take your child to a concert or festival?
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PeopleImages/Getty Images The sound volume of cultural events, although regulated by French law, allows up to 120 decibels.

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The sound volume of cultural events, although regulated by French law, allows up to 120 decibels.

MUSIC – A baby on the floor of La Défense Arena? The scene, taken during a Taylor Swift concert in Paris, caused a lot of talk. Can you really take an infant into the pit of such a show? Is there a minimum age to respect? What measures should be taken?

Ideally, it is always better to “ have your child looked after if you wish to attend a concert or festival “, recommends the Ministry of Health, which specifies that this applies to all ” babies and young children » without giving an age limit.

The sound volume of cultural events, although regulated by French law, allows up to 120 decibels. However, the danger threshold for hearing, for adults and children alike, begins at 85 decibels. The risk is therefore always present, for everyone. And prolonged exposure to high noise levels can lead to consequences such as deafness, tinnitus or hyperacusis (an abnormally low noise tolerance).

The ministry lists, for young and old, the “ good gestures to adopt during a festival, in a nightclub or in concert »: move away from the speakers, take regular breaks in a quiet area – the WHO recommends resting your ears in a quiet place for ten minutes after an hour of listening –, wear earplugs ears. But if no legislation prevents children from attending concerts (often also having a ticket), the ministry points out that “ the ears of a baby or child are more fragile than those of an adult “.

Prohibited for children under 3 years old »

The rules and recommendations differ depending on the venue: the Rock en Seine festival is, for example, “ prohibited for children under 3 years old and not recommended for children under 6 years old “. In the case of the Défense Arena in Paris, the venue does not recommend access to children under 4 years old, even if accompanied. The Zénith de Paris for children under 2 years old. The one in Nantes makes 20 noise-canceling headphones for children available to the public, free of charge, upon presentation of an identity document in deposit.

Ideally, it is recommended to choose shows and concerts whose duration and sound volume are adapted to the age of the children. If this is not the case, it is recommended to equip them with noise-cancelling headphones made for their age, rather than earplugs, which are not recommended in part because of the danger of swallowing that they present. Also remember to keep children away from the speakers and choose a seated position, in tiers.

Prolonged exposure to loud noise can also affect their fatigue, sleep, nervousness and aggressiveness. You should therefore remain vigilant for these signs and perhaps not attend the concert in its entirety. Concerning pregnant women, the Ministry of Health recommends avoiding exposure to high sound levels during the last three months of pregnancy, which can ” cause irreparable hearing damage to the fetus “.

Also to take into account: other risks, which are not linked to sound exposure. The crowd, the lights and the applause can, for example, be impressive for a child. “There may be crowd movements that shock him, even if he is on the shoulders of one of the two parents”underlines psychologist Angélique Kosinski Cimelière with 20 minutes. She recommends waiting until 6 or 7 years old for children to really enjoy their first concert. big “.

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