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Octopus therapy is helping thousands of premature babies in neonatal units of different hospitals. What is this? Tiny crochet octopuses intertwine in the tiny hands of babies because, according to experts, great achievements are made in the evolution and improvement of premature babies.
The initiative of the crochet octopuses for premature babies It started at the Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark and has already spread throughout Europe.
Photo: Poole Hospital (UK)
Several neonatal units across Europe are testing a new way to help and comfort premature babies. It is a low cost, high impact therapy, it is simply about giving them crochet octopuses that babies can hug and touch.
What therapeutic power can a crochet octopus have for a premature baby? By grasping the tentacles, babies are believed to remember the safety of the mother's womb when, amid amniotic fluid, the rhythmic sounds of their mother's heart, and the swaying of movement, they fiddled with the umbilical cord.
This is demonstrated by ultrasounds: babies touch, play and twist with the umbilical cord throughout pregnancy. These small crochet octopuses, with their soft tentacles, help premature babies to remember the tranquility and security they felt in the mother's womb.
This initiative emerged in February 2013 Denmark, with the so-called Octo Project. A group of volunteers started weaving colorful crochet octopuses for newborns and they were sent to various hospitals. Doctors began to see how beneficial it was for them and today, this association donates crocheted octopuses to families with premature babies to hospitals throughout Denmark and Greenland.
They have also helped start the same project in other places such as Norway, Belgium, France, Italy, Florida, Turkey or Sweden. This practice has also been carried out in several Spanish hospitals for a long time.
- According to research, these small crocheted octopuses that coexist in incubators with premature babies help them to improve breathing and heart pattern.
- It is believed that when grasping the tentacles, babies feel (saving distances) as in the womb, since it reminds them of the umbilical cord and it gives them security.
- It has been observed that when touching or stroking the octopus, babies tend to do not pull so much on the cables and tubes.
- It has also been found that improves the blood oxygen level of babies.
Of course, the octopus technique is not an obstacle to the kangaroo mother and father method, something fundamental for the evolution of premature babies. It is skin-to-skin and the bond between parents and their baby.
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