Rock-a-bye Baby…

on the treetop. When the wind blows the cradle will fall (I don’t remember the rest). A recent report in Archives of Diseases in Childhood has found that the chorusing of lullabies to newborns undergoing circumcision mitigates pain and improves oxygen saturation. In the long-term, this nonpharmacological “psychotherapy” may be beneficial in the management of emotional and psychological disorders. Though the report is a case study and therefore, does not digress into any biological or neurological association, I imagine the chorusing of lullabies has some effect on glucocorticoid expression: a component of the stress response and indirectly, pain management. Until such research is conducted, I leave you with an entertaining skit of Ike’s Bris. There were certainly no lullabies in South Park!

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