Doctors in Sweden ask parents to stop giving newborns octopuses
Bringing crochet octopuses to newborns became something of a fad in Denmark when doctors said the toys helped to stabilise the heart rate and blood oxygen levels of the babies. This fad passed on to neighbouring country Sweden. However, Swedish doctors have now asked parents to stop bringing the woolie Cephalopoda into hospitals, as the soft toys are very good at harbouring dirt and bacteria that may cause infants harm.
The head of the neo-natal unit of the Skane University Hospital in Malmo said:
A cloth toy can gather up bacteria and become an infection risk factor. If we let the children have these octopi, we’d have to clean them daily, and that’s not a service we can provide.