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My 3 yr old son has high functioning autism. I read weighted blankets may help kids with this disorder. What exactly would they help him with?

My 3 yr old son has high functioning autism.  I read weighted blankets may help kids with this disorder.  What exactly would they help him with?

Help relax and sleep: People with autism or asperger's syndrome often feel more comfortable with additional weight pressing against them. This can help them relax and sleep better at night. According to the autism speaks website, some insurance companies will even cover the cost of these if the claim is filled out properly. See: http://www.Autismspeaks.Org/family-services/resource-library/sensory-tools-products. ...Read more

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Are blankets on planes safe to use?

Are blankets on planes safe to use?

Yes: Airlines clean their blankets between usages, and there should not be a problem if you are concerned about infection. ...Read more

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Is sucking on a blanket dangerous for my baby?

Is sucking on a blanket dangerous for my baby?

Possibly...: ...If the blanket has loose or frayed edges, then your child runs the risk of having a piece of the blanket come off and pose an aspiration risk. As a general rule, you usually do not want to allow babies to have objects which may break off, fall off, or otherwise separate into tiny objects that can obstruct airways. If you must give something, a baby teething ring or pacifier will do just fine! ...Read more

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Is it normal for my baby to like sucking on her blanket?

Is it normal for my baby to like sucking on her blanket?

Yes: Sucking is very soothing for babies, be it there thumb, a pacifier or favorite blanket. Sucking normally decreases with age and does not need to be discouraged at this age. ...Read more

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When can I start covering my baby with a blanket at night?

When can I start covering my baby with a blanket at night?

A year: This should be avoided until the baby has the physical ability to stand up and move in a coordinated fashion about their sleeping areas. Infants that cannot control their body enough to do so are at risk of smothering/suffocating if movement during sleep wraps the blanket around them. ...Read more

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When I come home from the gym I am freezing no matter how many blankets I have on or the room temp. Why is this and what can I do to stop it?

When I come home from the gym I am freezing no matter how many blankets I have on or the room temp. Why is this and what can I do to stop it?

No fuel: You could be reacting to having used up all the available fuel in your body, try eating something, especially something hot, such as soup, and drinking something hot, like tea or hot water. Drink lots of fluid also, as you may be dehydrated, and that makes it worse.. If this doesn't help, please see your doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more

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100% polyester blanket and at night if i rubbed the blanket together a lot of static comes and it sparks up can it be harmful? How do I get it out.

100% polyester blanket and at night if i rubbed the blanket together a lot of static comes and it sparks up can it be harmful? How do I get it out.

It's pretty!: The static that builds up is a normal occurrence when the heat is on in the winter. If it really bothers you, lower the thermostat in your house to less than 65 degrees, and run a humidifier to get to about 50% humidity. The fireworks show should at least slow down. ...Read more

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Can my child sleep with a blanket?

Can my child sleep with a blanket?

1 year: The american academy of pediatrics recommends keeping all blankets out of cribs until at least 1 year old. This is in order to decrease the risk of sids (which dramatically decreases after 12 mo). Instead of using blankets for your young ones dress them in warm footie pajamas. After 12 mo most babies have the ability to remove a blanket from their face or roll over. ...Read more

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Is it ok for my baby to sleep with blankets?

Is it ok for my baby to sleep with blankets?

No: Babies should be placed in the crib, on their backs, with no blankets, stuffed animals, or other items in the crib. Babies should always be put down on their backs because doing so has been shown to dramatically reduce the risk of sids (sudden infant death syndrome). ...Read more

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