Music Therapy Can Help Preemies And Sick Infants, Too

CHICAGO (May 16, 2013)—Newborn intensive care units around the U.S. are making increasing use of live music therapy, which research suggests can slow stressed infants' heartbeats, calm their breathing, and improve sucking and sleeping.

Some studies suggest it might even help them go home sooner.

It can also help them bond with parents even before the tiny babies are able to be held.

Elizabeth Klinger, a music therapist at Chicago's Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital, softly sings and plays guitar, and says that the live performance does much more than entertain babies.

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