Want To Snuggle Infants? You Can Become A Baby Cuddler To Help Them Withdraw From Opioids
Given the gravity of the opioid epidemic that has soared in this country, many lives have been turned upside down, especially the littlest, most vulnerable and innocent born to drug-addicted parents. Even before birth, drug-addicted babies already face the most arduous battle, fighting to stay alive while being exposed to harmful drugs in the womb. Then after birth, comes an excruciating withdrawal process.
While it’s an uphill battle, there is hope for these tiny angels suffering from neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) – and it comes in the form of volunteer cuddling. It’s a proven fact that skin-to-skin contact, also referred to as “kangaroo care,” is a healing agent. Babies in withdrawal who are held regularly reportedly “need less medication and go home sooner, on average, than those who are not.”
As a result, kind and compassionate volunteers across the country are getting specially trained to snuggle these tiny souls in need. Cuddle care programs are a huge help to nursing staffs and hospitals. “[Cuddling] is helping them manage through these symptoms,” Maribeth McLaughlin, chief nursing officer and vice president of Patient Care Services at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC in Pittsburgh told Today.com. “They are very irritable; they are hard to console. This is about swaddling them and giving them that comfort and safe, secure feeling.”