en
Scientific article
French

Preterm infant showed better object handling skills in a neonatal intensive care unit during silence than with a recorded female voice

Published inActa Paediatrica, vol. 108, no. 3, p. 460-467
Publication date2019
Abstract

Aim: This study compared whether preterm infants showed better tactile abilities during silence or when they heard a pre-recorded female voice at different intensities. Methods: We studied 74 preterm infants of 28-35 weeks post-conceptional age who were admitted to a French neonatal intensive care unit from 2014-2017. They were presented with wooden objects, one smooth and one angled, at various points during silence (n=26) or while listening to a female voice at +5 (n=24) or +15 decibels (n=24) inside their incubator. We compared the conditions to see if there was any difference in how the infants handled the objects and also compared familiar and unfamiliar objects. Results: The preterm infants showed better handling skills, and only displayed effective discrimination, during silence. We found that 27.1% of the infants exposed to female voices failed to get habituated to the object, compared to 7.7% in the silence condition (p < 0.05) and success during the voice conditions required more trials (6.1 versus 5.3) than the silence condition (p = 0.05). The different voice intensities made no difference. Conclusion: Being exposed to a female voice had a negative impact on preterm infants' tactile sensory learning, regardless of its intensity

Citation (ISO format)
LEJEUNE, Fleur et al. Preterm infant showed better object handling skills in a neonatal intensive care unit during silence than with a recorded female voice. In: Acta Paediatrica, 2019, vol. 108, n° 3, p. 460–467. doi: 10.1111/apa.14552
Main files (1)
Article (Published version)
accessLevelRestricted
Identifiers
ISSN of the journal0803-5253
400views
5downloads

Technical informations

Creation03/08/2019 11:46:00 AM
First validation03/08/2019 11:46:00 AM
Update time03/15/2023 4:00:49 PM
Status update03/15/2023 4:00:48 PM
Last indexation05/03/2024 7:52:02 AM
All rights reserved by Archive ouverte UNIGE and the University of GenevaunigeBlack