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Our NICU nurse educator asked me whether there is evidence to support this 
trend, and all I can find is numerous consumer articles that quote each 
other but do not cite or link to any actual research.  (I love how 
reporters are so casual about reporting "research" - sigh)  If anyone 
reads Danish and has access to a Danish medical research database, or 
Aarhus University researchers to check this out, so much the better.

"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."
Read more: 
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4167048/Hospitals-giving-premature-babies-cuddly-octopus-toys.html#ixzz4Zdz6fpSY
 
 
"Poole Hospital picked up the idea in 2016, calling it "Tentacles for 
tinies." In addition to the octopi having a calming effect, which in turn 
regulates the heartbeat, Poole also notes another benefit: "... babies 
cuddling an octopus were less likely to try to pull out their monitors and 
tubes."
http://www.attn.com/stories/14821/heartwarming-reason-people-are-giving-premature-babies-hospitals-crocheted-octopus

"Research has proven the tentacles of a crocheted octopus remind babies of 
the umbilical cord and being in their mother’s womb, making them feel 
safe...The unique idea comes from Denmark where it was found octopi calmed 
babies. Specialists said snuggling the tentacles even led to better 
breathing, more regular heartbeats and higher levels of oxygen in their 
blood. Babies cuddling an octopus were also less likely to try to pull out 
their monitors and tubes."
"Research has proven the tentacles of a crocheted octopus remind babies of 
the umbilical cord and being in their mother’s womb, making them feel 
safe."
http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/14913656.The_crocheted_octopuses_that_help_tiniest_babies_feel_safe/

"research from Denmark" links to the site below, where no actual research, 
or specific claims, are posted:
https://www.spruttegruppen.dk/danish-octo-project-english/

Beverly
Beverly McLeod, PhD, MLIS
Manager, Library Services

Kaiser Permanente
Santa Clara Medical Center
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Santa Clara, CA 95051
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