Candy Bruton is the neonatal intensive care unit supervisor at Texas Health HEB in Bedford, Texas. She will lead a music therapy study to see how classical lullaby music impacts premature babies.
"Usually if they're fussy their heart rate goes up, their saturations can fall down and when you play the music it calms them,” Bruton said. “Their heart rate comes back to a normal resting heart rate and their saturations come back up."
Fifty premature babies will take part in the study. Bruton said the music reaches only 45 decibels and mimics the mothers heartbeat. There have been other studies, which have suggested that music therapy actually shortens the time spent in neonatal intensive care units.
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