the Children sleep, especially in the first months of life when it is more fragmented, can be a real headache for parents. One of the most popular ways to help little ones get it Calm down and sleep It is easier white noise.
What is white noise and what is it for?
the white noise It is a sound that contains all the frequencies audible by humans that are present, plus each of them of the same amplitude or strength, in a harmonic and Without any sound coming out above the other.
This is a kind of sound Fill in the silencebut it remains in the background so as not to attract attention and that is why (at low intensity) it is Nice and comfortable to the human ear.
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The use of white noise became popular after a study published in 1990 in the journal Archives of Disease in ChildhoodTrusted Source which indicated that it may be useful for Newborn babies sleepTwo groups of 20 newborns between the ages of 2 and 7 days were compared and found that 80% of those who heard white noise fell asleep within 5 minutes, compared to 25% of those who did not hear any sound.
Benefits of white noise:
The main benefit of white noise for children, as noted in some studies, can occur Help them sleep s Reduce waking up Lily In addition, it can also be useful for Calm down, reduce crying and help sleep to me colicky babies.
However, despite Positive experiences for many familiesThere are not many scientific studies on the benefits of white noise in children which is why the Clinical Practice Guidelines for Sleep Disorders in Childhood and Adolescence in Primary Care from the Department of Health indicates that at present, “There is not enough evidence Efficacy and safety in recommending the use of white noise for the treatment of childhood insomnia. “
White noise to put babies to sleep: How it works
There are several explanations for why white noise may be useful as a technique for calming babies or helping them sleep:
- One of them is that white noise Masks house noises (eg the one that older siblings do) and makes it difficult for the child to get up at him Hearing sudden noises.
- Another explanation is that white noise can Hide the child’s own voices. In this way, the child stops hearing himself if he cries, and thus stops doing so.
- White noise is also believed to remind children The sounds they heard when they were in the womb from their mother which is why they find it comforting.
How should white noise be used?
In recent years, the Internet has spread White noise videos And there even Applications for smartphones and Specially designed machines For use with children.
Whichever device you use, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that it be The volume does not exceed 50 dB (Noise level similar to that of a Quiet Dishwasher) and that the appliance emits white noise 2 meters from the bed.
Disadvantages of white noise
Some pediatricians and sleep specialists recommend that: Children’s sleep is normal, without conditionsand warned against constantly using white noise to put babies to sleep It can cause them a kind of dependency He later made them unable to fall asleep without listening to him.
Also, some white noise machines can Exceeds recommended volume limits. That’s the warning from the American Academy of Pediatrics, which in a 2014 study analyzed 14 such devices designed specifically for children and concluded that regular exposure to sounds in excess of the recommended 50 decibels can be harmful. harmful to hearing And increase the risks Language development problems.