Studies show children between the ages of 6 and 12 months old who listen to music will have a better overall brain development than children who don’t listen to music.
Dr. Pierre Loredo, a pediatrician with Lee Memorial Health System, says early exposure to music is beneficial to a baby’s brain. “The first three years are crucial for brain development.”
He says classical music is proven to open the same pathways in our brain used for spatial reasoning. “These pathways called synaptic formations occur and those synaptic formations that occur were found with classical music to stimulate the same pathways used for spatial temporal reasoning. Those are the skills used for math,” said Dr. Loredo.
Studies show children who listen and interact with music have overall better communication skills, larger brain responses to tones, and are more sociable. “Most studies done were for classical music. It’s unclear if popular music like rock, rap, and blues will prove to have better or different results,” said Dr. Loredo.
He says music can also be used to help the baby’s behavior. “If you play calmer music, not so pumped up music, the child tends to soothe down their behavior.”
He recommends singing or playing music for your child as long as the music is calm and the volume is low to protect the baby’s hearing.
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