Live music reduces stress levels in very low-birthweight infants

A study published in Acta Paediatr shows significant reduction in stress levels in the NICU.

“After music, the number of apnoeas and oxygen desaturations was significantly reduced on all three, days and the number of bradycardia episodes on day one. Pain scores significantly improved after music on all 3 days.” “Exposure to live music reduced stress (salivary cortisol) and had beneficial effects on the physiologic parameters of stable preterm infants in a NICU.”

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