YourHealthToolkit recalled nearly 300 of its 5-pound children’s weighted blankets on Thursday due to the blankets posing an asphyxiation hazard.

The blanket features a zippered pouch that children can unzip and climb into, which could result in the child suffocating, according to the recall announcement from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Where were the blankets sold?

The blankets were sold exclusively on Amazon. They are aqua blue on one side and gray on the other. They measure 3 feet by 4 feet.

Have any children died from the blanket?

No injuries or deaths have been reported to the CPSC.

What to do with the recalled blankets

Parents should stop their children from using the blanket and can contact Amazon for a refund. YourHealthkit is reaching out to consumers to inform them on how to return the product or how to disable it so it can no longer be used.

What are weighted blankets used for?

Weighted blankets were originally made to help people with autism, according to UCLA Health. They can also help individuals with anxiety, sleep disorders and ADHD.

“A weighted blanket uses ‘pressure therapy’, a calm-inducing amount of pressure on your entire body, similar to the feeling of being hugged, swaddled, stroked, or held. The right size and weight of a weighted blanket depend on the person’s needs,” according to Penn Medicine.

Are weighted blankets safe for kids?

Weighted blankets should not be used by young children such as infants, who are too young to sleep on their stomachs. Stomach sleeping is dangerous for infants, and they could become trapped under the weighted blanket if they roll over onto their stomachs.

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Healthline recommends children weighing 20 to 30 pounds should use a 3- to 8-pound weighted blanket and children weighing 30 to 130 pounds should use a blanket weighing 5 to 15 pounds.

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Have weighted blankets been recalled in the past?

In December 2022, Target recalled the “Pillowfort Weighted Blankets” for the risk of children climbing into the blanket’s zippered, removable cover and suffocating, according to the CPSC.

A 4-year-old and 6-year-old in North Carolina died after climbing into the zippered cover and suffocating in April 2022. Target received two additional reports of children becoming trapped in the blanket. Those incidents weren’t fatal.

The blanket was exclusively sold at Target. They had been sold for almost four years before Target discontinued selling the blankets in September 2022.

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