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Musical Therapy in Kids May Decrease the Need for Pain Medications

A recent study from the journal Pediatric Surgery International has found that music therapy may decrease pain in addition to anxiety as previously studied, according to NPR. In a small study of 60 pediatric patients post-operation, a fraction of the group listened to books on tape, music, or silence as determined by the child’s preference. For the children who listened to the books or music, their perception of pain decreased by one degree on the ten-point pain scale, which is equivalent to the effect of an OTC pain medication. The researchers hope the results of this study will help decrease the amount of medication needed for pediatric patients and plan follow-up research to further investigate the phenomenon.

 

Read the article published by NPR.

Read the study from Pediatric Surgery International.