Friday, 13 November 2009

BBC NEWS | Health | Music 'nurtures' premature babies

Music 'nurtures' premature babies
Music may help block pain

Hospitals that play music to premature babies help them grow and thrive, mounting evidence suggests.

The benefits are said to be calmer infants and parents as well as faster weight gain and shorter hospital stays.

A Canadian team reviewed nine studies and found music reduced pain and encouraged better oral feeding.

Music also appeared to have beneficial effects on physiological measures like heart and respiratory rate, Archives of Disease in Childhood reports.

BBC NEWS | Health | Music 'nurtures' premature babies

and of course, an even better solution is to provide one to one midwifery care to women as the rates of premature birth drop when women have midwifery care.

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