2. A teddy for therapy
Teddy bears are a simple and holistic alternative that benefit children in all phases of illness from diagnosis, treatment cycles and in recovery phase shares Deb Herdman, a Nurse Sleep Specialist and creator of Nigh Nigh, a sleep consultancy and sleep resources for all ages.
“Cuddling your favourite ted not only gives psychological comfort as a companion, friend and confidant but also has benefits to physical health,” says Deb.
“By helping to release hormones that make you feel less stressed and anxious means vital signs like respiratory rate and heart rate regulate and less anxiety can mean less pain,” she says. “Teddies are tangible, can be cuddled, stroked, dressed and spoken to, providing comfort whenever it’s needed.”