People with the following health conditions should be wary when using, or considering heated blankets:
If you are pregnant, it is recommended that you do not use a heated blanket. This is because for the development of a healthy fetus raising your body temperature over 101°F (38.5°C) should be avoided. If you consistently raise your body to temperatures higher than this, this may increase your risk of miscarriage.
To use a heated blanket whilst pregnant, it is recommended to use one that can preheat the bed for you, 30-60 minutes before going to bed, then you can either remove it or turn it off before falling asleep. Remember to unplug to heated blanket before falling asleep.
Diabetics often suffer different health complications as a result of diabetes. One of the presenting symptoms that diabetes can have on people is diabetic neuropathy, which can cause a diabetic person to lose their sensation (feeling) in different areas of their body. If you cannot feel hot and cold as a result of diabetic neuropathy you would not know if the heated blanket you are using has heated up too much that you’ve been burned.
Similar to pregnant women, it is recommended that to use a heated blanket safely you heat your bed for 30 minutes to an hour before bed, and turn it off and unplug it when you get into bed. You could also use a blanket if you had a viewable temperature dial, so you could keep track of exactly how hot the blanket was.
Young children, infants, and pets
Young children, infants, and pets should not use heated blankets without extremely controlled supervision. Even then it is not recommended. This is because they will not have control over the blanket, so they won’t be able to turn it down, they also may have a difficult time regulating their temperature or removing the product if it does get too hot. So it is recommended that young children, infants, and pets not use heated blankets.
You can heat young children and infants beds using heated blankets before they go to bed, just make sure they do not sleep with the product on the bed. If you still want a heated product for your pet, then you can get your pet a heated bed, which they can easily get out of, and has sensors that only heat the body temperature of the pet laying on it.