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National Playspace Design Awards closing date

extended to Monday 31 August 2020, 5pm AEST

For more information click here or on the banner below

To download the awards entry guide click here. Please note that it still shows the original closing date.

Weighted Blankets – are they safe?

Weighted blankets are becoming popular and readily available on the market.

Sometimes called calming, sensory or anxiety blankets, weighted blankets are essentially quilts with pockets of beads, sand, barley or other small rounds objects.

There is very little research on safety aspects of the blankets, Kidsafe make the following observations based on expert advice:

  • Pediatricians and sleep experts do not recommend weighted blankets for infants.  Sadly, we now know that sleep positioners can be associated with infant suffocation.
  • Most blankets come with an age range of 4 years and up, but we would not recommend that any kids use them while sleeping, as they can be too heavy for a child to move.
  • Only parents, with advice from a trained occupational therapist or paediatrician, should consider using weighted blankets for their child.
  • Other people caring for a child should not use them without the parents’ consent.
  • We believe the risk of SIDS may be relevant to the issue of using these blankets.
  • We would be cautious if the blanket came undone and the content came out - it could be a choking hazard or something that could be inhaled up the nose of a child.
  • Blankets should be bought only from a reputable distributor, come with a list of precautions, and have higher safety standards than other blankets on the market.

There is much information available on safe-sleeping practices for parents, including:

Raising Children website offers good information on kids sleep across age groups: Click here

Article by pediatrician Kathryn Bucklen, M.D. Click here

Carbon Monoxide Safety

"Carbon Monoxide is a silent killer,” warned CEO of Kidsafe Tasmania, Jenny Branch-Allen in an article in the Tasmanian Times. Click on this link to read the full story. “Children can and do die of carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide (CO) is a toxic gas: you can’t see it, you can’t smell it and you can’t taste it.”

The overnight charcoal grill incident highlighted the potential dangers of using appliances such as those that burn or use gas, petrol, oil, kerosene or wood, due to possible production of carbon monoxide.

It is often called the ‘silent killer’ as its effects can be deadly, and people can die from breathing it before they know it is there. Everyone, including animals, can die from CO poisoning. There is an even greater risk for pregnant women, unborn babies, children, the elderly as well as people with chronic heart disease, anaemia, or respiratory problems.

 

Kidsafe Family Day Care Safety Guidelines

New Family Day Care Safety Guidelines have been developed by Kidsafe and can be downloaded by clicking here.