Lullabies may help premature babies

June 23, 2013 12:00:19 AM PDT
Most babies born prematurely spend the first few weeks of life in intensive care.

Action news anchor Margot Kim shows us why one doctor believes lullabies can reduce the risk of early birth. It is an emotional recording session for Rachel Shrier as she sings lullabies for her son John. He was born 16 weeks early.

"And he weighed one pound eight ounces," said Shrier.

Lullabies could help train him to eat. Dr. Nathalie Maitre said eating is a major challenge for preemies.

" They don't know how to suck to get food, to swallow that food, and to breathe while you're swallowing it." Maitre.

She believes moms' voices can be the motivation need. Rachel's songs are plugged into a special pacifier device.

"If the baby is sucking at the right rhythm and strength, it plays mom's voice singing," said Maitre

But if John doesn't do it right, the singing stops.

"He can correlate the sucking with hearing my voice," said Shrier.

A new study shows premature babies who received the therapy 15 minutes a day for five consecutive days, ate faster and went home up to 14 days sooner than other preemies.

"They grow better and then they're at much less risk of infection," said Maitre. Rachel hopes it will help her baby boy too.


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