Playing music to premature babies helps them sleep and improves their breathing, claim doctors

Why playing music to premature babies 'helps them sleep and improves their breathing'New study claims music can puts newborns into a quietly attentive stateAlso improves sucking behaviours which are important to help them feedSound of instrument or a parent singing is better than nursery rhymesResearch by Beth Israel Hospital in New York across 11 American hospitals By Daniel Bates PUBLISHED: 16:47 GMT, 15 April 2013 | UPDATED: 17:11 GMT, 15 April 2013 Soothing: The sound of music can make a newborn sleep better and puts them in a quietly attentive state Playing live music to a prematurely born baby can slow its heartbeat and make the child breathe more easily, according to a new study.

Babies begin learning language from their mothers while they"re still in the womb

Babies begin learning language from their mothers while they're still in the womb It was previously thought they began picking up words in the first few months of lifeBut new research shows infants start to discriminate between vowel sounds before they are bornBabies tested acknowledged difference between Swedish and English By Emily Payne PUBLISHED: 14:41 GMT, 2 January 2013 | UPDATED: 14:43 GMT, 2 January 2013 Babies have the capacity to learn and remember sounds of language from their mother during the last 10 weeks of pregnancy Babies start to learn language before they are even born, scientists have discovered.

Whooping cough claims lives of 13 babies in past year in worst outbreak in more than two decades

Whooping cough claims lives of 13 babies in past year in worst outbreak in more than two decades | UPDATED: 08:40 GMT, 30 November 2012 Babies under the age of six months are likely to be admitted to hospital as they are most at risk of severe complications A total of 13 babies have died from whooping cough in the worst outbreak in more than 20 years.

New test diagnoses critically ill babies with genetic diseases in days instead of weeks

New hope for critically ill babies as test diagnoses genetic diseases in days instead of weeks Doctors at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas sequenced genetic code of four newborns Super-quick genetic test reveals DNA variations that point to around 3,500 rare diseasesThe test is projected to cost £8,300.

Two newborns die in hospital after contracting a rare killer bug which swept through neonatal unit

Two newborns die in hospital after contracting a rare killer bug which swept through neonatal unit Two babies died and five others were left fighting for their lives after contracting Serratia Marcescens bacteriaUnit was closed and has undergone a deep clean | UPDATED: 08:57 GMT, 28 September 2012 Two newborn babies have died after contracting a rare killer bug which swept through a neonatal unit.

Two newborns die after contracting a rare killer bug which swept through a neonatal unit at a scandal-hit hospital

Two newborns die after contracting a rare killer bug which swept through a neonatal unit at a scandal-hit hospital Two babies died and five others were left fighting for their lives after contracting Serratia Marcescens bacteriaUnit was closed and has undergone a deep clean | UPDATED: 16:40 GMT, 27 September 2012 Two newborn babies have died after contracting a rare killer bug which swept through a neonatal unit at a scandal-hit hospital.

Caesarean device that could spare thousands of babies from injury when surgeons cut through the mothers womb

Caesarean device that could spare thousands of babies from injury when surgeons cut through the mother's womb | UPDATED: 00:23 GMT, 28 August 2012 Scarred: Jack McManus, here with his mum Joanna and dad Kelvin, suffered a long scar on this head as a result of a caesarean delivery A new device could prevent more than 3,500 babies a year from suffering wounds when they are born by caesarean section.

Why women go through the menopause – to stop them competing with their daughters-in-law

Women go through the menopause to stop them competing with their daughters-in-law, claim scientists Study looked at birth and death rates from 1700 to 1900If grandmother and daughter-in-law had babies at the same time newborns were 50 per cent less likely to survive, historical records reveal | UPDATED: 10:17 GMT, 23 August 2012 The menopause partly evolved to prevent competition between mothers and their daughter-in-laws, according to researchers.

Treat infected newborn babies within an hour of diagnosis, demands healthcare watchdog

Treat infected newborn babies within an hour of diagnosis, demands healthcare watchdog | UPDATED: 06:58 GMT, 22 August 2012 Some hospitals are causing 'unnecessary delays' in treating newborn babies suffering from infections, according to the health watchdog.

Midwives told to drop 30-second rule on cutting umbilical cord after delaying it is shown to benefit babies

Midwives told to drop ‘30-second rule’ on cutting umbilical cord after delaying longer shown to benefit babies Longer connection to mother's blood supply thought to protect babies against anaemia | UPDATED: 21:54 GMT, 18 August 2012 Guidance: Midwives have been advised to delay cutting babies' umbilical cords after new evidence showed this benefits their health A radical change in the way babies are delivered will see midwives delay cutting the umbilical cord following evidence that it improves the health of newborns.