Many moms and dads sing a lullaby to a fussy baby in hopes of settling them down. Do you have a favourite that you like to sing to your little one?
Premature babies require special care. They have breathing and feeding problems, and sometimes it can be difficult to calm them.
A recent study by Dr. Jeffery Perlman, Chief of Newborn Medicine at New York-Presbyterian Komansky Center for Children’s Health found that playing soothing music slows down the heart rate of preemies. It also improves their sleep and feeding behavior which helps the fragile babies increase their weight and recover at a faster rate.
Another study, in 2011, led by Jayne M. Standley of the National Institute for Infant and Child Medical Music Therapy at Florida State University showed that babies who received music therapy recovered at a faster rate. These babies were able to leave the hospital earlier than preemies who did not listen to music and lullabies.
You can read more about this great research and related studies here: http://www.scienceworldreport.com/articles/7665/20130621/lullabies-helps-keep-preterm-babies-alive-study.htm
The power of music is amazing! Have you sung to your little one today?
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