Music Therapy Helps Preemie Babies Thrive

Music therapy analysis, of over a dozen clinical trials, found that music therapy helped stabilize premature newborns’ breathing rate during their time in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). For the most part, music therapy involved mothers singing to their babies (though some studies used recordings of mom’s voice). And that’s key, the researchers said. […]

A NICU is Using Mothers’ Voices To Help Babies

 Therapists at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital are using mothers’ voices to care for premature babies in the neonatal intensive care unit. The babies are born several weeks premature in many cases, so music therapists simulate the sounds a baby would hear in the womb during the third trimester. Nurses play the infants personalized playlists at […]

The Tiniest Preemies May Struggle with School and Adult Life

Although extremely preterm birth is no longer the death sentence it once was, many of the tiniest preemies still struggle in school and have a harder time as adults, two new studies suggest. One study focused on the most vulnerable subset of preemies: those born at no more than 28 weeks gestation. More than half […]

Study Shows Pain Management in Premature Infants Linked to Impaired Brain Development

Morphine is commonly used to manage premature babies’ pain. It is linked to a negative condition in the brain; decreased growth in the cerebellum, which results in both physical and mental impairments. A study by the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Canada with the University of British Columbia showed the connection. The alternatives—using another […]

Skin-to-Skin Kangaroo Care Reduces Up to 36% Infant Deaths

Research from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Boston Children’s Hospital says that skin-to-skin contact can reduce deaths for infants with low birth weight. Low birth weight infants are particularly vulnerable during their first month of life so the researchers encourage skin-to-skin contact, also known as Kangaroo Care, especially in developing countries […]

Infant Apnea Prevention Technology Shown Effective in Clinical Trial

Scientists and clinicians at UMass Medical School, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering and the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) have shown in a clinical trial that a new vibration-based prevention technology tested in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) reduces apneic events and improves critical clinical parameters in prematurely born infants. In the […]

Skin-to-Skin Contact With Infant in the Neonatal Unit Decreases Maternal Stress Levels

Research shows that stable parent-infant bonds are fundamental to healthy child development. For parents of babies born prematurely or with special medical needs, this early bonding can be interrupted by the complex medical care required in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). However, an ongoing study conducted at a large metropolitan NICU shows that a […]

Loving Touch is Essential for Premature Infants

A new study in Biological Psychiatry reports that the benefit that premature infants gain from skin-to-skin contact with their mothers is measurable even 10 years after birth Physical contact with babies is crucial for their physical and psychological development. This lesson has been learned the hard way, as infants neglected in hospitals and orphanages developed […]

Pain is Overlooked in Premature Infants

Premature infants receiving intensive care are exposed to a great deal of pain, and this pain causes damage to the child. In spite of this, half of the infants admitted to neonatal intensive units will not receive any pain relief, according to a new European study published today in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine. Mats Eriksson, […]