Lullabies really can calm your baby
Lullabies such as Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star and Hush A Bye Baby have been proven to calm children and help to ease pain. Read on for study results.
Lullabies such as Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star and Hush A Bye Baby have been proven to calm children and help to ease pain, according to new research from Great Ormond Street Hospital in London.
Heart rates dropped and the children, including toddlers waiting for heart transplants and babies as young as a week old, were in visibly less pain.
Dr Nick Pickett, a researcher who has provided music therapy at the world-famous hospital for two decades, said: “Parents have been singing to their children for thousands of years and they have always instinctively known that it helps their children relax – but it is exciting to have some scientific evidence that lullabies offer genuine health benefits for the child.”
Dr Pickett sang a selection of lullabies to patients at Great Ormond Street Hospital and monitored their heart rate and signs of pain, including crying, grimacing and squirming. The tests were also done when the youngsters were read to and when they were left to sit quietly.
Results show that only the lullabies reduced their heart rate and the amount of pain they were in. It is thought that the calming tones ease pain by distracting the children from their illness.