Junior considering cuddly baby career

Haley Haines, News Editor

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Hospitals are desperate for “Baby Cuddlers” due to so many newborns being addicted to opioids.    

  This nationwide epidemic is affecting millions. According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, a baby is born suffering from opioid withdrawal, also known as neonatal abstinence symptom (NAS), every 15 minutes.

   They go through this awful tragedy because their mothers suffer from addiction even through pregnancy.

   They end up being put in  Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for infants. They receive volunteer help by citizens who serve as baby cuddlers. Most of them are actually veterans.

   This is starting to become a part time job in Iowa, Virginia, San Antonio and Massachusetts.

   The poor babies will often experience seizures, overly increased reflexes, body stiffness, tremors, tight muscles, and breathing issues. Their high-pitched shriek is easily identified with NAS.

   The worst thing about all of this is that the newborns have no control and could not prevent everything happening to them.

   They are so confused as to why everything hurts and sadly will never be able to fully understand until they are thankfully weaned.

   It’s proven that baby cuddlers have a tremendous affect on the well-being of the newborns, because without a comforting touch, it is hard to survive.

   Perhaps after I leave Burlington, I will check into part-time baby cuddling on the weekend even if it only saves one.


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