Are there any risks with weighted blankets?

For the average, healthy adult, weighted blankets should pose no risk. However, you should be careful when using them on children.

For years, experts have warned against having blankets in the bed with a small child as they pose a risk of suffocation. Weighted blankets are believed to increase these chances as the extra weight can make it more difficult to breathe and for them to move. Therefore, most say weighted blankets should not be used on anyone under the age of two though some experts suggest holding off until a child is over three. It is always best to consult your child’s doctor before use. Weighted blankets can also pose additional risks for children of any age who suffer from skin allergies, blood circulation issues, epilepsy, and heart or breathing problems.

Other Potential Risks

While weighted blankets can provide several benefits for many people, few people might face adverse effects when using one. These include those suffering from the following conditions:

  • Claustrophobia: A weighted blanket might induce feelings of being trapped.
  • Sleep Apnea: The blanket can exacerbate the present breathing issues, though they help some sleep apnea sufferers.
  • Asthma & COPD: A weighted blanket can make it difficult to breathe.

If you suffer from any of these issues and would like to try a weighted blanket, consult your doctor. In some cases, they might approve of trying one under supervision.