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Music therapy helps brain development in premature babies


According to a new study in Switzerland, music can do much more to calm the nerves, specially composed music can contribute to the neural development of premature babies.

Music therapy helps newborns' brain development Source: iStockSwitzerland, as in most industrialized countries, about 1% of children are born very early, that is, before the 32nd week of pregnancy. This represents about 800 children each year. Although medicine is a good chance for survival, these babies are still at risk of developing neuropsychological, neurodevelopmental disorders, which are more difficult to learn or to cope with. Despite the stress of their intensive care, the brain, the University of Geneva and the Geneva University Hospitals have also researched the original solution to the best possible development of these fragile newborns. Indeed, medical examinations have shown that babies listening to music composed specifically for premature babies have a much better neurological, sensory, and cognitive function."During infancy, these babies have immature brains. The development of the brain in the intensive care unit, incubator, has to continue to grow, as their tiny mothers have grown older. why neural networks don't develop properly " - says Petra Hüppi, professor at the UNIGE School of Medicine, on brain development of babies born between the ages of 24 and 32. Geneva researchers have discovered that enrich the environment of premature babies with pleasant and structured stimuli brain development, and because the hearing system is developing at an early age, music is a good tool for this. The research team worked with composer Andreas Vollenweider, who experimented with a variety of musical instruments, of course, specializing in baby development, And the music apparently caught our attention. Vollenweider ends up with three distinct pieces, each composed in eight-minute pieces with pungos, harps and bells. Doctors have evaluated the effectiveness of music therapy with MRI examinations and have shown that the results of premature babies listening to music are much closer to those of infants born early in life than those of infants born to infants. THE The brain of neonatal brain neurons listening to Vollenweider's music showed leaps and bounds. In the Geneva-based research project, the first children to participate are already six years old, and at this age cognitive problems can be recognized. Scientists are now reuniting with their young patients to undergo full cognitive and socio-societal assessmentand observe whether positive results in the first weeks of their lives have been maintained. We are also looking forward to receiving this report with great interest! (Via)