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Children and Pain: Study looks at Power of Music

July 30th, 2015 · No Comments · Anesthesia Waking up, Music and Cancer, Music and Pain

Have you ever had a child in the hospital?  That alone is a painful and frightening experience for parent and child, but imagine if your child has to have surgery, and after surgery, is in pain.  As a mother of three and grandmother of four, I can’t imagine anything more frustrating for a parent.  No one wants to see their child in pain; but no one wants to see their child on heavy pain medicine either.

Researchers, who had a personal motive, (because of a previous positive experience with a hospitalized loved one) decided to do a specific study with hospitalized children.   They divided the children into three groups and allowed one group to choose their favorites from Miley Cyrus, etc.  Another group got to choose a favorite story being read through headphones.  The third group listened to silence through comfy, noise-cancelling headphones.

What do you think they found?  Let’s let NPR tell the story!!

 

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