Kangaroo Care & Music (Post 1)

As discussed in lecture yesterday, Kangaroo Care is an optimal care taking method for premature babies. This method helps preemies develop a little better and become more of a normal baby. While, I believe this to be a true and factual method of helping preemies (having seen it done multiple times in NICU,) I also believe there is another aspect of Kangaroo Care that makes the method effective, not discussed.

If any person has ever been in a NICU, you’d realize that beyond just the noise of  medical equipment there is often sometype of peaceful music playing. The music that is being played is certainly not for the employees but, however for the babies.

Now think of Kangaroo Care, a mother, most often, has the baby on her chest for long periods of time, typically sitting in a recliner or rocking chair, dependent on the the hospital. While sitting with the baby the mother most likely is not just sitting in silence for the whole period of time; often she is humming, singing, rubbing the baby, or talking to the baby. I believe that this added element of Kangaroo Care is the real reason the body contact causes positive effects on the child.

The University of Alberta has done research regarding music and the effects of preemies and normal born babies and they have published an article regarding this in the Children’s Neurobiological Solution journal.

They are quoted as saying, “Music is increasingly being played in neonatal units on an informal basis because parents and caregivers have a perception that it’s beneficial for the infants…preliminary evidence that music may have beneficial effects in terms of physiological parameters, behavioural states and pain reduction during painful medical procedures. Music may also improve oral feeding among premature infants,”

I would argue that Kangaroo Care is an absolute necessity among preemies; but, I would add that there are other elements besides just skin to skin contact that allow Kangaroo Care to be effective.



1) Music may improve feeding, reduce pain in premature babies: U of A study: http://www.cnsfoundation.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=8591&security=1&news_iv_ctrl=-1


~ by Becky Knoblauch Smart on August 28, 2009.

3 Responses to “Kangaroo Care & Music (Post 1)”

  1. While I think that music can help in many ways, I don’t think, based on your quote,that we can conclude that music, humming, or and such can really contribute to Kangaroo Kare.There were too many of “may”s and “preliminary”.

  2. Kangaroo care is awesome when I told my dad about it he was amazed

  3. I can totally see how Kangaroo Care combined with music would be extremely helpful for a baby. These babies are born into the ultimate stressful environment and I believe that having soothing sounds would contribute in a positive way to the baby’s wellbeing.

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