Jun 29, 2022
The FDA now issues a special communication warning parents, caregivers, and healthcare providers not to use neck floats with babies participating in water therapy. The use of neck buoyancy devices can lead to serious injury or death by drowning, particularly for children with developmental delays, spina bifida, spinal muscular atrophy, Down syndrome, or cerebral palsy. These neck float devices have not be evaluated or approved by the FDA, provide no demonstrated benefits, and may lead to an increased risk of neck strain snd injury for children with musculoskeletal problems. The FDA is calling on all providers, healthcare teams, and parents to immediately stop using these devices. Everyone should report any injuries or untoward incidents associated with the use of these devices to the FDA via the reporting portal. I’ve provided the link with this report’s narrative.
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