Do you use music therapy?

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    We have a sound system set up in our unit, but we don't use it. We were once told that we can't use it in the presence of O2, which I am going to be looking into. Do any of you use the speaker things like they have in regular rooms in the beds? Or what, if anything, do you use?
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    We don't use those speaker things, but they do use them in other units where O2 is in use. For the older kids we get CD players and classical music and/or lullaby CDs from the child life department.
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    Parents can bring in whatever they want, and we've had iPods withspeaker docks before. Sometimes we have parents record themselves reading stories and play that. For the chronics Child Life will sometimes leave a toy that plays music. And oh, the mobiles. Bane of my attempts to sleep after I get home. That darn Mozart/Beethoven/Bach one makes me nuts.
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    We used to have CD players at every bedside if parents wanted to use them. Now they are able to bring in something, if they'd like to, but we no longer provide the means. My current primary's mom made a loop of her heartbeat with her and dad's voices in the background. Totally cool.

    For the older kids, we have the crib toys and mobiles that play music.
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    We have the usual mobiles / crib toys for the chronics. Our parents can also bring in an ipod w/ speakers to play lullabies (or some other soothing music) for their baby in the isolette. We also have tapes / tape players available for us to use as well.

    We also have a music therapist that meets w/ the parents every couple of weeks or so and helps them learn developmentally appropriate things to do with their baby. The music therapist can also come around (w/ parents permission of course) and sing / play music for some of the chronics.
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    We have a music therapy team that comes to the bedsides of appropriate infant. they attach ipods to their bedsides with lullabys etc. they also have a guitar and occasionally sing to the babies. Some of the older chronic kids love it!
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    I'm not a NICU nurse yet, but on the adult units I've worked...IF we even had music therapy and there was no guarantee the therapist was the one to do it. One place I worked did have one and she would let the staff know what was available so we could in turn inform the patients.

    Is music therapy in NICU used the same as on an adult floor? Distraction/Pain Relief/Stress Relief? I would think it would be more for keep kiddo soothed correct?
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    It's also used because the NICU is not a great environment for beneficial stimulation for a developing baby. Unpleasant stim, sure, we've got plenty. But even totally neurologically intact children who spend a while in the NICU tend to be developmentally behind at discharge, simply because they're not getting the same amount of interaction with the world.
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    Quote from elizabells
    It's also used because the NICU is not a great environment for beneficial stimulation for a developing baby. Unpleasant stim, sure, we've got plenty. But even totally neurologically intact children who spend a while in the NICU tend to be developmentally behind at discharge, simply because they're not getting the same amount of interaction with the world.
    OK, so its used more for development. Keeps the brain stimulated in a good way since there is not much other "active" stimulation for them to get.
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    Quote from elizabells
    Parents can bring in whatever they want, and we've had iPods withspeaker docks before. Sometimes we have parents record themselves reading stories and play that. For the chronics Child Life will sometimes leave a toy that plays music. And oh, the mobiles. Bane of my attempts to sleep after I get home. That darn Mozart/Beethoven/Bach one makes me nuts.
    The one with the weird critters with crooked eyeballs? How babies fall asleep with that going on is a mystery.


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