Cotton Love Hearts

Archived news: published on Thursday 28 Jun 2018 by NHS Fife


Staff in the Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) at Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy have visited Dunfermline High School (DHS) to meet some of the pupils to tell them about the importance of cotton love hearts that are used by parents within the SCBU.


The idea of these cotton love hearts is that each baby receives two cotton love hearts. One cotton love heart stays with the baby and the other stays with the baby's mum or dad. These hearts can be swapped so that baby has their parents scent close to them which can help lower baby's blood pressure and also facilitate bonding in both parents and baby.


Lynn Kuz, Charge Nurse said:  “Parents in our unit love the cotton love hearts. The hearts enhance parent and infant bonding as well as initiating lactation in breast feeding mums. We are delighted and humbled by the pupils’ interest in this project.”


Susan Kane, Infant Feeding Advisor and Nicola Haddow, Nursery Nurse attended the school and spoke to pupils and staff who were keen to become involved in this initiative by making and donating some cotton love hearts to the SCBU.


Louise McCrystal, PTC Home Economics, Hospitality and Health at DHS, said: “We are delighted to have made this link with the SCBU and the staff who work there. “Having Susan and Nicola along was very informative and well received by both pupils and teaching staff, with pupils enjoying making some cotton love hearts and understanding how they can be used within SCBU.”


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