Pediatric Experts Find Aromatherapy Effective for Infants
[Source: Medical X-Press]
Pulling away the seal of a fresh aromatherapy patch, Dr. John Daniel took a deep inhalation as the fragrance of lavender and chamomile essential oils permeated his surroundings.
Daniel was ending an overnight shift in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), and one waft of lavender was enough to calm his senses and induce a state of relaxation. While popular with pediatric residents, fellows and nurses in the NICU, the aromatherapy patches are meant to soothe and mitigate stress in the hospital’s smallest and most agitated patients—babies suffering from drug withdrawal.
Demonstrating how babies receive aromatherapy as part of their medical treatment, Daniel applied thumbnail-size patch to the “palm” of a floppy green pillow called a Zaky arm. The Zaky arms, which mimic the feeling and shape of a caregiver’s arm, carry both the scent of the baby’s mother and calming aromatherapy oils. He then placed the lavender-scented pillow alongside a baby dozing off in a NICU bed.
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