By Pat Anson, Editor
Shakespeare often gets the credit, but it was the poet William Congreve who wrote that “music has charms to soothe a savage beast.”
Nearly 350 years later, Canadian researchers are finding that music can also help relieve the pain and anxiety felt by children in a hospital emergency room.
In a study published in JAMA Pediatrics, researchers reported that listening to soothing tunes by Enya or upbeat songs like Sunny Days (the theme from Sesame Street) reduced pain and distress for kids being administered an intravenous line. The music not only helped the children calm down, it helped ease the anxiety of their parents and hospital staff who watched the kids getting hooked up to IV lines.
“We did find a difference in the children’s reported pain – the children in the music group had less pain immediately after the procedure,” says researcher Lisa Hartling, PhD, of the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry.
“The finding is clinically important and it’s a simple intervention that can make a big difference. Playing music for kids during painful medical procedures would be an inexpensive and easy-to-use intervention in clinical settings.”
Read more at National Pain Report.
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