Lullabies Actually Help Reduce Your Child’s Pain, So Keep Singing!

Is your child sick? Get singing!


Hayley Mitchelhill-Miller

7 June 2019

Hayley Mitchelhill-Miller

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If you think singing lullabies to your children is too old-fashioned then think again, because a study has determined that singing lullabies to your children when they’re hurt can help reduce their pain! 

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Researchers at London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital found that lullabies alleviate sick children’s suffering, after comparing the effects of singing, reading, and no singing on young sick children.

Young patients were separated into three groups - one group was sung lullabies, one was read to, and the other was left alone. Of the three groups, lullabies had the greatest positive effect, reducing pain perception and lowering heart rates. 

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Professor David Hargreaves of Roehampton University explained that “children can be affected physiologically by music.

"The practical applications are fairly obvious. Music therapists are going to be a lot cheaper than drugs to numb pain."

Wellcome Trust neurologist, Professor Tim Griffiths, explained th BBC Radio 4 Today, “There’s an ancient part of the brain in the limbic system which is responsible for the emotional responses to music.

"What I think is happening here is that the emotional part of the brain is being stimulated by music, more so than the reading stimulus.

“This is decreasing the arousal level, and that in turn is affecting their pain response levels.”

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The top songs researchers used to reduce pain:

- Hush Little Baby

- Hushabye Baby

- See Saw Margery Daw

- Donkey Riding

- Little Fish

- Twinkle Twinkle

- Five Little Ducks

 

Do you sing to your children? Let us know how lullabies have helped your kids in the Facebook comments!

 

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