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Music as therapy for preterm babies

lullaby-1048483_960_720It is common knowledge that babies love lullabies. But not many know that lullaby has been used to keep preterm babies well and alive. Music has been proven as a vital part in helping sustain prematurely born babies who have difficulty in breathing and eating.  While there have been several technological advances and neonatal survival kits present, music is a simple by effective way to help the babies recover, in a physical and dramatic way.

Music therapy is a way to help slow down the heart rate of the babies and help them sleep and feed better. The enhancement brought about by the music makes the babies gain more weight speeding up their recovery.

A study done by the American Academy of Pediatric Journal on the music genre that gives the most promising effect revealed that live music designed therapeutically  as well as lullabies preferred by parents and sung personally have a greater influence on the respiratory and heart rates. Further, the study also revealed that feeding behaviors were improved considerably. The premature babies studied also showed longer periods of quiet alertness.

Further studies done on the effect of the music on preterm babies showed that recovery was quickened and the babies left hospital sooner. Soothing music helps babies adapt to their new environment in a better way making the music an effective medicine for them.

Parents are trained to sing lullabies to their babies with the help of professional music therapists and the effect produced in very promising. Music whether it is loud or soothing helps to keep our moods balanced well. For instance, while driving most people hear music via either radio or CD player. While driving at night, music helps to keep you awake. Having proper lighting, especially LED lights like those at LEDLIGHTSPLANET help to increase visibility and drive safely.

Babies in general love lullabies but this liking has a deeper effect than what has been revealed. The lullabies actually play a key role in the complete healing of the babies. For babies born with heart defects music sung by music therapists helped heal the condition and calmed the breathing of the babies. Lullabies left to echo in the neonatal intensive care region leave behind lasting effects on the babies even after they are discharged from the hospital care.

Many music forms have been used on the preterm babies including music that replicated womb noises, capella singing without any instruments or just instrumental music. Irrespective of the music the infants were exposed to, the music elicited positive effect in terms of pain response.

Some of the important effects recorded by exposure to the above music types include reduced pulse rate, rapid recovery physically and increase in circulatory oxygen levels. The excited state was also more reduced with the music exposure. The most significant effect however remains the rapid reduction in pain response and improved sucking.

Music however required to be played for a short span of less than 15 minutes for a session to prevent the infants from being subject to a sensory overload. Weight gain was also an important result of music exposure. A heightened metabolism was brought about by the music stimulation leading to better weight gain.

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