Benefits of Music for Preemies

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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Category: Babies & Toddlers, Family

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Tanya is a Licensed Kindermusik Educator. She studied music at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She became a licensed Kindermusik educator in 2003. Tanya enjoys teaching piano and voice in her home studio in Orleans as well as Kindermusik at the South Fallingbrook Community Centre. Tanya has participated in award winning choirs which have been featured on CBC radio. She sang at the Canadian Premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Requiem" in the choir under the direction of Dr. Elmer Iseler at Roy Thompson Hall as well as the investiture of Madame Jeanne Sauvé, 23rd Governor General of Canada. She established Kindermusik with Tanya when she recognized the need for a studio that offers high-quality musical experiences for children to enjoy with their families.

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  1. Lisa says:

    I spent every day of my son’s 6 week NICU stay sitting beside his incubator, softly singing. And every nurse told me the same thing – all of his stats improved when he heard my familiar voice singing the songs he heard while I was carrying him. To this day (he is 18 months old) he immediately calms when I sing those songs. Modern medical technology is wonderful, but there is no substitute for a mother’s love and encouragement. You are important and useful mama! Hang in there!

  2. kathy downey says:

    Music soothes the soul

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