Premature babies benefit from hand crafted octopus soothers at Kingston Hospital Neonatal Unit

Thursday 31 August 2017

Premature babies are benefitting from special octopus soothers at Kingston Hospital’s neonatal unit, thanks to the work of UK charity Octopus for a Preemie. 

The charity provides octopus soothers, which are knitted and crocheted by a group of kind volunteers, to premature babies in Kingston Hospital’s neonatal unit. With every octopus, the pack also contains a small knitted or crocheted heart for the parents to be given as a keepsake.

The concept of the octopuses came from Denmark. The soothers prevent the babies from pulling at their tubes and wires, as they like to hold the tentacles, which resemble an umbilical cord. They have also been found to keep the babies calm.

Marie Richter, Neonatal Unit Matron at Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said: “It has been wonderful to work with Octopus for a Preemie and we are so grateful for the donations they give to our neonatal unit.  The soothers help to comfort the babies in our unit and aid us in supporting worried parents.”

The octopuses are made with care and go through strict quality checking to ensure the correct yarns have been used, the tentacles are a safe length and there are no holes that babies’ fingers can be trapped in.

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