Oh baby, octopus therapy! Hospitals are giving premature babies cuddly toys of the aquatic creatures after it was found to calm them
- The highly unusual idea began at Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark
- The octopi calmed babies, led to improved breathing and cardiac patterns
- Now more than a dozen care units around Europe have adopted the method
According to an Article published in the MailOnline the “Octopus Therapy” tried and tested in a hospital in Denmark has now spread far and wide across Europe and beyond.
The article goes on to say: “Baby care units are trying out a novel way of comforting premature babies – by giving them a toy octopus to cuddle.It’s thought that gripping the soft tentacles might remind early term newborns of the umbilical cord and the safety of their mother’s womb.The idea began at Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark, where medical staff reported that the toy octopi calmed babies, led to improved breathing and cardiac patterns and, as a result, increased levels of oxygen in their blood.”
Further to what we have already included the article continues by saying: “They also reported that when the babies cuddled their octopus they were less likely to try to pull on the cables and tubes surrounding their incubators. There are now more than a dozen care units around Europe taking part in the octopus therapy project, with Poole Hospital in Dorset the first in the UK to join.”