Jakob, born 11 weeks prematurely with a birth weight of only 1192 grams.

A sense-stimulating aid
: Protac Ball Blanket

Observed effect: 


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Twins Mikkel and Emil, born prematurely  with frantic movement patterns and sleeping problems

A sense-stimulating aid: Protac Ball Blanket

Observed effect: "We got to try the blanket for 14 days. The first time Mikkel had it on, he screamed, so it took some getting used to and patience. But in two days he was ok with it, and I got my first full night of sleep in nearly a year—incredible! When we got the blanket, Mikkel couldn't concentrate, his movement patterns were very frantic and he had only managed to lay on the floor and roll around so far. In the first week with the blanket, he became calm, learned to sit up and was less demanding at night time.
At 15 months old, his development is nearly age appropriate. He loves going around hugging people and seeks out physical contact on his own. He is a happy, mellow little guy with lots of zest for life. Last but not least, he's gotten a normal sleeping pattern.

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As the mother of a set of premature twin boys, I'd like to talk about our "rescue".
On 5 Marc 1997 when we had Emil and Mikkel who weighed 2020 grams and 1300 grams, it was seven weeks before my due date. We'd had Nikolaj who is 4 and a half years old and Katrine who is two and half before. With a family this size, it says itself that daily life demand a good bit of energy and planning.
After some initial difficulties, we got to take the boys home. Mikkel had an inguinal hernia which needed to be operated on, but we also thought that we'd made it through.
Emil developed well, but Mikkel always walked with a limp behind. I took a leave of absence under Section 48 to help calm their development.

Mikkel did not much care for physical contact; he was very physically restless, had frantic movement patterns and slept very little (waking up 10-15 times each night).
In January 1998, the health visitor arranged for us to meet with the municipality's occupational therapist. She starts with some exercises to stimulate Mikkel's senses. She puts particular emphasis on his sense of touch, trying infant massage, among other things. It helps a bit but he is still frantic, restless and does not want any direct physical contact.
In late February we heard about the ball blanket from the occupational therapist. I'm a nurse and somewhat conservative when it comes to treatment methods, but at the time I was ready for anything—luckily.

We got to try the blanket for 14 days. The first time Mikkel had it on, he screamed, so it took some getting used to and patience. But in two days he was ok with it, and I got my first full night of sleep in nearly a year—incredible.
When we got the blanket, Mikkel couldn't concentrate, his movement patterns were very frantic and he had only managed to lay on the floor and roll around so far.
In the first week with the blanket, he became calm, learned to sit up and was less demanding at night time.

At 15 months old, his development is nearly age appropriate. He loves going around hugging people and seeks out physical contact on his own. He is a happy, mellow little guy with lots of zest for life. Last but not least, he's gotten a normal sleeping pattern.



10-month old baby girl, born four weeks prematurely

A sense-stimulating aid: Protac Ball Blanket

Observed effect: " Our daughter is 10 months old and was born four weeks prematurely. Her sleep at night is marked by awakenings where she cries and needs help getting back to sleep. At its worst, this happens several times in one hour. We often have to pick her up and walk around with her, and sometimes it's very difficult to get her to fall asleep again. At times she has also slept in our bed for some of the night because of this.

There could be many reasons why she wakes up at night, and she can't of course tell us what is wrong, but we get the impression that it often has something to do with her feeling insecure and needing to be close to someone and having a sense of security in order to sleep. The health visitor recommended we try letting her sleep with a ball blanket. We've tried it for 14 days and it has truly helped her. On a good night, she'll wake up just once, and in the 14 days we've used the blanket, she's woken up no more than three times in a night. Truly great progress!!!
We therefore believe that the ball blanket has helped her feel secure and "embraced", much like if she were to lay in our arms or close to us while sleeping. Other parents of premature babies have had positive experiences with the ball blanket, and now we're officially in the fan club too". Sincerely, a mother and father

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