The Dangerous Baby Trend Parents Are Being Warned Is A ‘Death Trap’

September 14, 2017
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  • Both swimming teachers and parenting organisations have voiced their concerns
  • They’ve been labelled as “death traps”
  • “Neck floats for babies scare me to death, and I hope they scare parents”
  • Device could cause undue stress to babies.

These are potential death traps … To have your precious baby one poorly sealed seam away from going under at the pool is frightening

Concerns have been raised about a device’s safety..

Neck floats have proven to be popular with mums, dads and their budding water babies, but swimming teachers and parenting organisations have raised serious concerns about their safety.

Despite the raft of pictures on social media of babies happily bobbing around with the accessories, they’ve been labelled as “death traps.

The floats work by sitting around a baby’s neck, allowing their bodies to dangle below in the water.

Kyran Quinlan, an associate professor of pediatrics at Rush University Medical Center in the US, however has issued a warning..  She told WDSU news: “Neck floats for babies scare me to death, and I hope they scare parents, there is a serious risk if drowning”

Take a look at the video below

These floats have become increasingly popular

The neck flotation devices first made the news after being used at an up-market baby spa in London.

Charlotte Davis said: “When a baby is first born they feel that they’re just a ‘blob’, they don’t know they’ve got a left, right, back or front.”We’re constantly holding them or they’re lying on their back – there’s constantly something touching them.

“The flotation device creates a feeling of euphoria – it’s the first time they’re upright without being held. They don’t feel the Bubby, particularly.

“Baby is upright, wiggling around and having to balance when they’ve never had to do that before.”

However, the Swimming Teachers Association (STA) and Birthlight, a pregnancy, birth and parenting organisation, issued a grave statement, adding the device could cause undue stress to babies.

Kayle Burgham, STA’s aquatics manager, said: “While disengaging from the world in floating tanks can be wonderfully relaxing for stressed adults; this is not what babies want or need – physically or emotionally.

“This isolated activity completely goes against the very essence of baby swimming, which is human contact: bonding with your child so they can explore the water in a safe, relaxed, fun environment.”

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