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FDA Says Baby Neck Floats Could Lead to Severe Injury, Death

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a warning to parents, caregivers, and health care providers to stop using baby neck floats on children. The alert particularly cautions against the dangers of using the inflatable plastic rings on the necks of children with special needs as part of water therapy.

The FDA notes that neck rings allow babies to float unassisted in the water. They say they are marketed for premature babies, babies as young as two weeks old, and infants with special needs as water-therapy products.

Key Highlights:

Baby Neck Float Risks

Using baby neck floats can cause death due to drowning, suffocation, strain, or injury to a child’s neck. Babies with special needs, such as cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, SMA Type 1, and spina bifida, could have an increased risk for life-threatening injuries. One infant died, and one was hospitalized due to the use of baby neck floats, according to the FDA. Caregivers were reportedly not directly monitoring them.

Parent & Caregiver Guidelines

Reported deaths and severe injuries from baby neck floats are rare; however, parents, caregivers, and health care providers should be aware of the risks. The FDA recommends the following for parents and caregivers:

Health Care Provider Guidelines

It’s also critical for health care providers to share the risks of using baby neck floats with others. The FDA recommends that health care providers:

What to do Following an Injury?

The FDA encourages anyone who has experienced an adverse event regarding baby neck floats to file a voluntary report through MedWatch. This is the FDA’s Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting program.

Additionally, if you see a product being marketed as a medical device outside of FDA approval, you should report that to your local FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinator or directly through the FDA’s Allegations of Regulatory Misconduct process.

For reports to the FDA, the following information should be included:

The American Academy of Pediatrics advises against the use of inflatable swimming aids for children as they provide a false sense of security in the water. Floaties and other inflatable swimming aids are not sufficient substitutes for life jackets.

Have You or a Loved One Suffered an Injury from a Swimming Aid? Call Mickey Keenan P.A.

If you or a loved one’s child has been injured by a baby neck float in Florida, you deserve a lawyer who will fight for your family. Our attorneys are trained in personal injury and can handle a wide variety of claims.

To schedule a free consultation, contact the team at Mickey Keenan P.A. today – (813) 871-1300. We promise to fight for you like family.