That’s also the reasons why professional and volunteer baby cuddlers are on the rise. Cuddling has been demonstrated to be beneficial particularly for babies born suffering from Opiod withdrawal, as the result of being exposed in utero to illegal or prescription drugs. It has also has proven effective for term infants who can be irritable during NICU admission and settle quicker when held.
What’s more, the brain response was stronger when those babies had spent more time in gentle contact with parents or healthcare personnel. Volunteers go through training and a background check to get the coveted position. The program builds on the observed benefits of baby cuddling as well as research that has shown health improvements in infants, resulting from a caregiver’s touch.