August 21, 2014 is a date that forever changed the lives of parents whose infant son died while at his daycare center. This tragic wrongful death that occurred at a daycare does shed light on a practice that some parents and daycare providers practice that can have deadly results. In Webster Grove, Missouri a 7 month old infant was found dead under a weighted blanket.
A weighted blanked is a blanket that has items such as flax seed, beans, poly pellets or other items sewn between the fabric. Some blankets are a DIY home project while others are prescribed or obtained from medical equipment vendor.
For some adults or special needs individuals, a weighted blanket has been said to calm the anxious and distressed. Some medical providers have recommended such a blanket for adults who have medical conditions such as restless leg syndrome, narcolepsy, night terrors or sleep apnea. Some medical providers encourage the use of such a blanket with children. In the case of children, it is usually because the child suffers from a sensory processing issues as do autistic children and others with special needs.