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Music and the newborn

Music and the newborn



Music brings significant benefits to newborns, infants or children up to a year old. This has a sedative, relaxing effect, stops the baby from crying, stimulates sucking and sleep.
It is not known exactly how music acts on the nervous system of the child, but this is an "antidote" not specific to his insomnia.
Music has a positive effect even on children born prematurely, stimulating their physical development. A study was carried out on a batch of 33 prematurely born children, who were given slow, soothing music (like swing songs), for 40 minutes each day.
Compared with a control group who did not listen to music, the premature in the study group showed a favorable evolution, characterized by a significant increase in weight, a decrease in blood pressure and a rhythmic heart rate with strong heartbeats.
Music has a positive effect on the mother, it is relaxing, calming, stimulates movement (dance) and good mood (antidepressant). The music also creates a special connection between mother and child, not infrequently mothers choose a representative piece that they consider "our piece".
Music and its influence on the intelligence of the young child
For the time being, no conclusion has been reached on the effect of music in the case of young or older children. Several psychologists, sociologists, neonatologists and psychiatrists have tried to prove this, but so far there are not enough scientific arguments to prove this.
Some experts argue that the ability to play a musical instrument stimulates intelligence, so that a child who plays violin or piano will solve a problem in mathematics much faster than one who does not have these skills.
However, it is quite difficult to conclude this in the case of young children or newborns, because such studies are difficult at this age.
A study conducted on a group of 4-year-olds who can play the piano showed that they acquired special skills in understanding three-dimensional space.
One thing is certain, that quality music cannot have negative effects on the neuropsychological development of the child, but on the contrary, by its relaxing, calming effect, it achieves an optimal balance, helps to a good concentration and increases the good mood.