How the Use of Neck Floaties Could Endanger Your Baby: Experts; Specialists are giving caution to parents concerning the potential risks of making use of “baby neck floats” in the course of their little ones swimming.
Charming photos of babies putting on the inflatable devices covering their necks while in the pool are saturating the social media.
“There are no established gains to making use of the inflatable neck rings and there is danger linked with them,” according to a pediatrician in the emergency department at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, Ohio- Sarah Denny, MD.
“The tools might provide to parents a false impression of security,” she says — children have the tendency of slipping through and drowning. “This floating tool is not a U.S. Coast Guard-approved flotation tool.”
Denny- a member of the executive committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Council on Injury, Poison Prevention and Violence also said there is a possibility of the ring putting strain on a baby’s neck, which could bring about injury.
In the United Kingdom, Two groups engaged in infant swim coaching and health have also looked in recently, recommending parents to take into consideration the possibility of the inflatable tools causing dangers.
The policy statement on how to prevent drowning of the American Academy of Pediatrics policy stated parents should keep away all aids of inflatable swimming. They “should be warned not to utilize aids of air-filled swimming (just like inflatable arm bands) as an alternative for PFDs (life jackets). These swimming aids can deflate and are not crafted to keep swimmers safe.”
Flotation tools ”have not indicated any reduced injury risk and make available an untrue sense of security for parents,” says Charles Suasteguin, attending emergency unit doctor at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, Miami.
Neither do swim instructors approve their usage. “We would not advocate that you utilize them,” says the executive director of the U.S. Swim School Association- Lisa Zarda. “It is more desired of you being in the water with the children.”
In 2015, a U.S. producer of infant neck rings voluntarily withdrew its product after 54 reports of fragmented seams on the Otteroo Inflatable Baby Float. It has been brought back to the market, selling for $35.
After the withdrawal, ”we thickened the plastic,” says a spokeswoman for Otteroo- Julie Forbes. “We brought about a lot of developments.” Injuries were not reported with the 54 cases of fragmented seams, she says.
Forbes says the tools are “not a likely death risk” and can aid in infants’ development of motor. The floats are meant for babies that are above 8 weeks of age, as stated on the company’s website, and parents ought to be near their children in the course of using them.
Specialists point out that there is no air-filled product that is safe.
Parental engagement is the main thing. “Whenever a baby is in the water, there should be arm’s length supervision,” says Denny.
Suastegui also added that: “The only proven technique for water and drowning prevention safety is direct monitoring, supervision and fencing around pools,” as well as swimming classes.