Music soothes pain

Playing music to premature babies could reduce any pain they feel.

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Canadian researchers claim to have found preliminary evidence that music has therapeutic benefits in certain situation, reports inthenews.co.uk.

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Playing music to premmies could help reduce any pain they may feel and music could encourage better feeding, suggests the report, published in the Archive of Disease in Childhood.

Some neonatal units are now using music to improve behavioural and physical results, and to help with pain during procedures like circumcision.

Experts believe the benefits of music include calmer babies and parents, babies being in a more stable condition, faster weight gain, shorter stays in hospital and higher oxygen saturation. Also, there was evidence that when newborns have the heel prick test, music can help lessen any pain.

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