What is a compression blanket?
Correspondingly, how does a weighted blanket work?
Weighted blankets work in a way that's similar to an OT technique called deep touch pressure therapy (DTP). Pressure on the body can increase the release of serotonin in the brain. This neurotransmitter is sometimes called the “happy” chemical because it creates a sense of calm and well-being.
Likewise, are weighted blankets dangerous? There are very few risks for using a weighted blanket. However, according to manufacturers, weighted blankets shouldn't be used for toddlers under 2 years old, as it may increase the risk of suffocation. Always consult your pediatrician before trying a weighted blanket.
Beside above, what are the benefits of a weighted blanket?
Benefits of Weighted Blankets
- Combats stress. Stress affects all of us.
- Alleviates restless leg syndrome.
- Aids in sensory processing disorder.
- Helps ADHD patients with focus.
- May improve sleep.
- Supports the elderly.
- Recreates a hug.
Who should not use a weighted blanket?
Weight matters. Young children under the age of 3 or weighing less than 50 pounds should not use a weighted blanket because of the risk of suffocation — there have been at least two child deaths involving the blankets.