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Therapeutic & ‘Medical’ Considerations

Who should not use a weighted blanket?

Although weighted blankets are generally safe, there are important factors to consider.

Weighted blankets should never be used on infants or small children under the age of four. For older children, you should provide adult supervision, especially at first; and always be sure that the child is strong enough to remove the weighted blanket if needed. You should always ensure that your child does not sleep with the weighted blanket over their face. When in doubt, speak with your child's pediatrician, especially if your child suffers from skin allergies, blood circulation issues, epilepsy, or heart or breathing problems.

For adults, a weighted blanket will often help you get a good night’s sleep; but if you are considering using a weighted blanket in combination with treatment for a medical condition, it’s important that you talk with your doctor to ensure you use the correct size and weight, as well as the appropriate duration of use.

If you have diabetes, difficulty breathing (including sleep apnea, asthma, or COPD), blood pressure issues, or poor circulation, we recommend speaking with your physician before using a weighted blanket. If you have claustrophobia or cleithrophobia, a weighted blanket may not be right for you. 

 

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