Singing lullabies could be key to helping ease pain in children, according to new research
Whether it’s Twinkle Twinkle or Rock-a-bye Baby, singing your favourite lullaby to your poorly baby or toddler can help ease their discomfort, according to new research.
The study by London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital looked at a group of children aged three years or younger.
With some waiting for heart transplants, researchers monitored their heart rates and perception of pain after listening to someone sing lullabies including Hush Little Baby, See Saw Margery Daw, Twinkle Twinkle and Five Little Ducks.
Compared to two other groups who were either read to or left alone, the lullaby group was the only one that showed a reduction in pain or heart rate.
‘It shows that children can be affected physiologically by music,’ says study co-author Professor David Hargreaves from Roehampton University.
And while he made it clear the research was very preliminary, he pointed out the implications for music therapy helping soothe patients in future.
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