H-HEALTHY LIVING

Apr 15, 2013 1:58 PM by NBC News

Lullabies benefit premature babies

A lullaby may offer significant health benefits for premature babies.

New research from Beth Israel Medical Center in New York shows how music and sound therapy can improve preemies' ability to eat, sleep and self-regulate.

Three types of therapy were beneficial to babies in the neo-natal intensive care unit -- parents' soft singing, ocean 'whooshing' sounds, and a light drumming sound that can replicate a mother's heartbeat.

This research is based on 272 babies in 11 hospital neo-natal intensive care units.

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