Experts Warn These Viral Baby Neck Floats Are Actually 'Potential Death Traps'

 

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The Internet births plenty of wild, weird, and wonderful things. These Instagram-popular baby neck floats are just one item in a long list of ridiculously odd kids' products that have parents everywhere jumping at the chance to get a cool photo-op. At first glance, they seem relatively harmless, but now experts are speaking out about the dangers associated with using them

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Produced by companies like Otteroo, baby neck floats rose to popularity when people saw them being used in those viral newborn spa videos. Circular in shape, they are almost indistinguishable from regular round pool floats, only they don't rest comfortably around the waist -- they fit firmly around the neck. 

These floats are, admittedly, adorable as hell. They're bright, colorful, and hilariously goofy-looking when they're helping babies float in the water. But while they may look cute, many experts have warned parents against them, even going so far as to refer to them as "potential death traps." 

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Surprisingly, the issue with the floats is less about the fact that they are used around the neck and more about the fact that any air-filled device poses a huge risk for potential drowning. 

Improper inflation, holes in the device, and even closures coming undone can result in immediate deflation, which can obviously have very dangerous consequences. 

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Kyran Quinlan, associate professor of pediatrics at Rush University Medical Center, said in an interview with WDSU News, "Neck floats for babies scare me to death, and I hope they scare parents. To have your precious baby one poorly sealed seam away from going under at the pool is frightening." 

Even more than that, experts at the Swimming Teachers' Association (STA) in the UK have sought to educate parents on the other dangers associated with the fun floats.

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"This isolated activity completely goes against the very essence of baby swimming, which is human contact," said Kayle Burgham, STA's aquatics manager. 

Whether or not you choose to use these floats for your baby's end-of-summer swimming activities is ultimately up to you. But the fact remains that the baby neck float trend may be one you want to skip out on.

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