Title

Hugging is Healing

Presenter Information

Taylor FranklinFollow

Academic Level at Time of Presentation

Senior

Major

Nursing

List all Project Mentors & Advisor(s)

Jessica Naber

Presentation Format

Poster Presentation

Abstract/Description

Working in a NICU, everyone is under stress to keep the smallest and sickest of newborns alive. Although they need the machines and equipment, low-tech cuddling, or hugging, also plays a major role in helping these babies survive, and even thrive later in life. The concept of human contact tends to be overlooked in hospitals. Although the need for touch is extremely important in general, it is especially important for babies born prematurely or addicted to drugs, or both. For example, babies born earlier than 28 weeks or below 1000 grams will be hospitalized at least 2-3 months in order to grow. While these babies are hospitalized, they are exposed to many sounds, lights, and external stimuli, not normally things that are experienced in utero. This can often lead to problems with organization of motor function. The therapeutic touch is something that is calming and helps focus their attention, decrease motor activity, and embrace the sound to a human voice. The weight gain and social and mental development of the cuddled babies give testimony to the effectiveness of human attention.

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Hugging is Healing

Working in a NICU, everyone is under stress to keep the smallest and sickest of newborns alive. Although they need the machines and equipment, low-tech cuddling, or hugging, also plays a major role in helping these babies survive, and even thrive later in life. The concept of human contact tends to be overlooked in hospitals. Although the need for touch is extremely important in general, it is especially important for babies born prematurely or addicted to drugs, or both. For example, babies born earlier than 28 weeks or below 1000 grams will be hospitalized at least 2-3 months in order to grow. While these babies are hospitalized, they are exposed to many sounds, lights, and external stimuli, not normally things that are experienced in utero. This can often lead to problems with organization of motor function. The therapeutic touch is something that is calming and helps focus their attention, decrease motor activity, and embrace the sound to a human voice. The weight gain and social and mental development of the cuddled babies give testimony to the effectiveness of human attention.