Volunteer To Cuddle Suffering Babies (And Help Them Heal!)
When pregnant women are addicted to drugs and use them when they’re pregnant, their unborn children are exposed to those drugs as well. Those babies have a high chance of being born addicted and suffer because of it.
Addicted babies born to addicted mothers have a condition known as neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), which shows a variety of symptoms. The amount of babies born with NAS has increased 383 percent since the year 2000. It’s gotten to be such a huge issue, some hospitals have had to expand their neonatal units just to give special care to these babies.
Symptoms of NAS include: withdrawal, poor intrauterine growth, seizures, birth defects, pre-mature birth, tremors, irritability, sleep problems, high-pitched crying, tight muscle tone, hyperactive reflexes, seizures, yawning, stuffy nose, and sneezing, poor feeding and suck, vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration, sweating, fever or unstable temperature and developmental delays.
Nurse Jane Cavanaugh works at a hospital in Philadelphia and noticed the trend and decided to do something. She developed a program called the Cuddle Care Program, which has volunteers cuddle babies with NAS. All over the country in hospitals with a need, this program is being incorporated to combat the growing NAS problem and comfort the suffering babies.
If you’re interested in cuddling babies to make them feel better, check your local hospital to see if they have a program already in place. The best thing we can do is give the most innocent among us the best possible start.
Volunteers in the Cuddle Care Program spend hours cuddling with babies who are going through withdrawal. Human touch helps these tiny humans cope with the pain they’re experiencing in a gentle and loving way.
The great news is that the program is working! The babies who are cuddled recover faster and require less medication. This means they can go home from the hospital sooner and get started with their family life. Together we can help these babies.
More in Impact
Caretaker Who Saved Siblings From Dire Adoption Conditions Reunites With Them On Dr. Phil
A caretaker had plans to help a couple take care of their adopted children. With years of experience, he believed he would...November 19, 2018
Heroic Nurse Drives Through California Wildfires To Save Patients, Gets New Truck From Toyota
A brave nurse stormed through a wildfire in California to save other victims, using his pick-up truck to navigating through the...November 19, 2018
Mom Lauds Teen Boy Who Saved Her Daughter From Humiliation When She Got Her Period On School Bus
Every woman remembers the first time she has a period. For many, it’s an embarrassing experience. However, such a reality was...November 19, 2018
Police Officer Restores Faith In Humanity By Mowing Woman’s Lawn
Some heroes don’t wear capes. Instead, they wear police uniforms. Just ask this woman, who was unexpectedly helped by a policeman...November 17, 2018
Football-Loving Teen Doesn’t Let His Disabilities Hold Him Back, Scores A Touchdown
When Kiernan Johnson scored his first touchdown, he didn’t only earn his team a point – he achieved a personal goal that...November 16, 2018
Bikers Ride 2,000 Miles To Bring Their Fallen Marine Friend’s Ashes To His Family
After a Marine passed away due to combat-related injuries, his family was unable to fly to get his remains. So a...November 15, 2018
20 Years Later, Woman Finds “Guardian Angel” Officer Who Used To Watch Over Her
As a child, one woman had a pretty hard time growing up. Understandably, she doesn’t like to go back to those...November 13, 2018
Woman Endures Mystery Illness For Years Until Home Contractors Discover The Truth
Kathi Wilson was just an ordinary mom and wife from Indiana, working and taking care of her family. Then tragedy struck...November 12, 2018
This Man Has Made It His Mission To Pick Up One Million Cigarette Butts
As a one man took pictures around his hometown, he noticed one common factor around town: trash. And lots of it....November 10, 2018