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Study: Moms Voice Can Help Preterms

Study: Moms Voice Can Help Preterms

(ePharmaNews) – Because of their incomplete growth, preterm babies are at increased risk for several heart and respiratory issues, such as heart rate slowing and episodes of apnea. Anyway, scientists from Harvard may found a unique solution for these life-threatening situations.

Preterm babies are usually "incubated" in womb-like incubators that try to stimulate the environment they had before birth, like the temperature, humidity and light, in order to create the best atmosphere for their development. Dr.Amir Lahav suggested doing further adjustment in these incubators, to include moms' voices, which babies were used to hear before birth.

Dr.Lahav and his colleagues supplied each incubator with audio instruments and played records of the baby's mother voice four times a day. Few days later, the researchers noted significant change in the number of respiratory and heart events in those newborns, compared to other babies who were not supplied with such devices.

"Our findings are promising in showing that exposure to maternal sound stimulation could help preterm infants in the short term by reducing cardiorespiratory events," study author Amir Lahav, director of BWH's Neonatal Research Lab, said in a hospital news release. "The results also suggest that there is a period of time when the infant's auditory development is most intact that this intervention of MSS could be most impactful."

It is worth mentioning that these results are best produced in preterms who were delivered between after eight months of pregnancy.

The researchers asserted that their small study, which only included 14 newborns and published in The Journal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal, should be the cornerstone for larger trials.

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