Music for the soul – baby, breathe!

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 Music for the soul - baby, breathe!

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A study conducted at the Schneider Children's Medical Center from the Clalit group found a positive relationship between listening to music in children under two years of age with bronchiolitis (inflammation of the airways) and improvements in their vital signs such as blood oxygen levels, heart rate, breathing rate and many others.

Bronchiolitis, often caused by the RSV virus, is the most common cause of hospitalization in young children during the winter months. During the first two years of life, all children will be infected with RSV, but only a few will develop severe bronchiolitis requiring hospitalization (usually to provide oxygen). Babies who need hospitalization for bronchiolitis are especially at risk of developing childhood asthma.

in the Schneider hospital, 52 children took part,
hospitalized with a diagnosis of bronchiolitis, who were divided into three groups. In the first group there was complete silence – this was the control group, the second group listened to calm music, and the third – to the Mozart sonata, which has been proven to have a positive effect on physiological parameters in adult patients. The study involved 70 listening sessions, with each patient listening to music for 25 minutes once a day
or several times during hospitalization, with headphones set to moderate volume.

The study showed that patients in three groups, including the control group, showed improvement in performance and were discharged home faster than patients with the same diagnosis who did not participate in the study: 60% of “silent” children; groups, 77% – children from the quiet music group, 74% – children from the Mozart sonata group showed an improvement in performance. All children in the study did not need oxygen, ate better, were alert, cheerful and felt better.

According to Dr. Noa Ziv, who led the study: “In the natural course of the disease, unfortunately, apart from oxygen supply, control and monitoring, there is nothing that contributes to a rapid improvement in the situation. Therefore, it was very pleasant to know that there is something that contributes to the recovery of children, especially such a simple and common thing for all of us as music. It was amazing to see how within 25 minutes the children participating in the study showed changes that we did not see in other patients. This means that the very disconnection from the noisy environment in the hospital, from the monitors, the noise of the oxygen machine and the working staff leads to an improvement in vital signs. This study — just a small sample of the many studies that are constantly being done at Schneider to give children hope and a better future, and I'm proud to be a part of it.”

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