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Music may reduce pain for premature babies, studies say

January 12, 2019 - 3:00 am
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By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — More than 10 different recent studies have focused on the role music has on the development in children.

They found music for preemies can improve their feeding habits. In addition, playing music for premature babies may lessen their pain and improve feeding.

There was also evidence that babies had less pain during needle sticks or circumcision when they listened to music during the procedure. 

The best part of studies like this is that they look at something innocuous — like music — and can see a real or perceived value. 

There is no harm in listening to music, and we know that it can help adults with issues like high blood pressure and stress reduction. It is not a surprise that the benefits can begin as early as infancy.