Family & Relationships People are crocheting octopuses to help premature babies

17:40  25 january  2017
17:40  25 january  2017 Source:   Prima (UK)

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Now to mark World Prematurity Day, Poole Hospital is appealing for people to crochet the octopuses , so every premature baby can enjoy the benefits. To View the Whole Article Click The Link Below: The crocheted octopuses that help tiniest babies feel safe.

Research has proven the tentacles of a crocheted octopus remind babies of the umbilical cord and being in their mother’s womb, making them feel safe. And now to mark World Prematurity Day, Poole Hospital is appealing for people to crochet so every premature baby can enjoy the benefits.

People are crocheting octopuses to help premature babies © Poole Hospital People are crocheting octopuses to help premature babies Premature babies at Poole Hospital have been given unlikely bedfellows to keep them feel safe in their incubators: crocheted octopuses.

As local paper the Bournemouth Echo reports, the crafty creatures will now be offered to all infants in the hospital's neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) – and the reason is as scientific as it is sweet...

Research has shown that crocheted tentacles remind little ones of their umbilical cords and being inside their mother's womb, which in turn helps them feel safe. Aww.

So far, premature twins Jasmine and Amber Smith, who were born three months early have benefited from the comfort of crochet octopuses. Their mother, Kat, told the Bournemouth Echo:

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'One of the nurses brought in the octopus and explained about the idea. The girls absolutely love them. When they are asleep they hold onto the tentacles tightly. Normally they would be in the womb and would play with the umbilical cord so the octopuses make them feel grounded and safe. They really are beautiful.'

  People are crocheting octopuses to help premature babies © Provided by National magazine company ltd (Hearst UK) The idea came from Denmark, where research showed that toy octopuses can calm babies, while squeezing their tentacles led to better breathing, more regular heartbeats and higher levels of oxygen in their blood. The babies were also less likely to pull on their monitors and tubes. 

Daniel Lockyer, neonatal services matron, told Prima.co.uk: 'When we heard about the difference cuddly octopi can make to tiny babies we were impressed and, after research, eager to introduce them to our little patients. It's incredible that something so simple can comfort a baby and help them feel better.'

The hospital now hopes to receive enough octopuses so that every baby in the unit will have one to cuddle and take home with them. And that's where YOU come in...

Put your crafting skills to good use for this brilliant cause by picking up your knitting needles now to create octopuses of any size or colour. You can find the pattern here.

Donations can be sent to the maternity unit reception at Poole Hospital.

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