Urgent request for donations of baby pacifiers – please HELP!By
Relief Share has received urgent requests for baby pacifiers for the hospitals for sick and needy children. We donated hundreds of pacifiers in the past and are issuing an emergent plea to volunteers and donors to send baby soothers (pacifiers) to Relief Share, 6078 Lundy Rd., Houston, MO as quickly as you can and as many as you can. Any kind of pacifier will be gratefully accepted as long as they are new and sealed in their package (hospital regulations require sterile new pacifiers for patients, please). Relief Share is relying on your help to meet the need.
The use of soothers is often recommended for premature babies as evidence shows that non-nutritive sucking can help babies to settle, feel comfort during painful procedures, tolerate their feeds better and move on to oral feeding more quickly. Small soothers that have been specially designed for premature babies can be bought on NICU. Indeed, if your baby has been born at term and is not receiving any, or only small amounts, of milk, then the use of a soother can also help to settle as well as providing comfort during painful procedures. As a parent, you may feel worried because lots of information in the press and on the internet can discourage the use of soothers. However, this information is based on the long term use of soothers for older babies and toddlers, and does not apply to premature babies, or unwell term babies that are not receiving oral feeds. (Information credit for this paragraph from Cambridge University Hospital – from http://www.cuh.org.uk/rosie/services/neonatal/nicu/developmental_care/support_comforting_baby.html)
Older babies and toddlers receiving medical attention are also in need of pacifiers to soothe and comfort so they can use their strength for healing and growing instead of crying and fighting the pain and trauma of being in hospital. Relief Share’s president, Carol C Green, learned how important this was, first hand, when her granddaughter, Embry Claire, was undergoing hip surgery in Shriners Childrens Hospital. The only pacifiers she could find were next door at the upscale store she could walk to from the hospital. They were Juicy Couture pacifiers in a set and cost $50 for just 3 pacifiers! Yep, that called for a credit card hit that was not expected along with all the other expenses of traveling hours to get to the hospital and stay. However, the pacifiers were worth their weight in gold for soothing Embry and helping her use body strength for healing.