Addicted Babies Crave Cuddling
CUDDLING HELPS OVERCOME INFANT DRUG WITHDRAWAL
The volunteer says ,””My children are grown and out of the house and I miss that nurturing you have with babies.”
Now, she’s nurturing some of the babies who need it most and playing an important role in their early development.
She’s among the first volunteers in Miama Valley’s Infant Cuddler Program.
She takes the time to hold, rock and comfort babies suffering from the painful side effects of opiod withdrawal.
Pediatrician, Dr. Amanda Graf says cuddling is good medicine, “Fussiness and irritability is very common, difficulty sleeping, babies can have difficulty feeding, vomiting, loose stool, they can have tremors and increased muscle tone.”
Staff says simply cuddling a baby with those symptoms speeds up recovery.
And Graf says, “If you talk to any of our staff members that take care of these babies, and even the family members, they will tell you that their babies do better when they are held.”
Volunteers like Mays say the work is not only rewarding for the babies and themselves but, also for the community.
“If you can give just a couple of hours a week or a day to volunteer and help out, it’s going to make a difference with these moms and babies and hopefully decrease the babies’ struggle,” says Mays.
http://Dr. Amanda Graf
http://Miama Valley’s Infant Cuddler Program.