Preemies get a Boost From Live Music Therapy

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) -- A rock song says music can soothe the soul but hospitals are finding it can help premature infants and other sick babies, too.

Music therapy played live is increasingly being used in newborn intensive care units around the country.

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

Join the Conversation!

To comment, the following rules must be followed:

  • No Obscenity, Profanity, Vulgarity, Racism or Violent Descriptions
  • No Negative Community Comparisons
  • No Fighting, Name-calling, or Personal Attacks
  • Multiple Accounts are Not Allowed
  • Stay on Story Topic

Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.

Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Questions may be sent to
Please provide detailed information.
All comments must adhere to the discussion rules.

powered by Disqus
WSAW-TV 1114 Grand Ave. Wausau, WI 54403
Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 207711241 -
Gray Television, Inc.