Does anyones baby put a blanket over their head when they sleep??

Rebecca - posted on 01/12/2012 ( 19 moms have responded )

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My son Cole 2years old has always put his blankey over his face and head when he sleeps. I always go and take it off but he puts it right back all the time. Im always worried he can't breath good.

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Heather - posted on 03/29/2012

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these kids are putting blankets over their heads because they are not able to stop all the stimuli around them...noises, lights, etc. so the blanket does it for them and lets them tune out.

Leslie - posted on 04/13/2012

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My son is almost 10 now and has slept with a cover over his head since he was able to pull it up over his head. I worried about it for a long time but he takes it off if he needs to. I have asked why and he says it keeps the "bad" out and I can sleep. Don't know if the bad is noise or light but it helps so I just let him be.

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Roberta - posted on 03/25/2013

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I adopted a severely challenged child, he had hip surgery when he was very young. when he was recovering he started sleeping with a blanket over his head. As he is a shallow breather we too were concerned. He does this all the time, he is now 24 and he still sleeps like this. Hope this is of some help to you.

Karen - posted on 03/18/2013

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My son insists on sleeping with either a regular pillow or thick comforter on his head when he falls asleep - then when I check on him at night it's right on his face and I freak out... he is 8. Can anyone say anything to me to help ME sleep better and stop worrying abot this? :)

Tabitha - posted on 11/14/2012

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My 7 year old son (with Autism) does this and has to have his fan running at nght, even in the winter. I'm just glad he sleeps. In the morning, I just have to take the blanket off and he wakes up almost instantly.

Lee - posted on 11/14/2012

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My son is 28, has AS and has always slept with something over his head. When he was little we had "waffle weave" thermal blankets, they are warm but let air through and he had this over his head so I didn't worry about shortage of oxygen. As a small boy he would put the blanket on the floor, take great pains to smooth it out perfectly then lay down on owe corner and hold the blanket corner to his stomach. He would then roll over and over until he looked like a burrito blanket. He would stay in there all wound up tight until he calmed down (this was usually after a lot of wild play) and sometimes he would fall asleep in that rolled up blanket. Today he puts a heavy rice-filled "heating pad" across his face to sleep. I thought he only used it for migraines but he told me it just feels good. After we return from shopping at the mall or other similar overwhelming activity he goes downstairs, turns off all the lights, and takes a nap with that heating pad (no heat though) on his head. He needs to shake off all the stimulation.

Anaquita - posted on 08/12/2012

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At his age, he ought to be fine. just make sure his blanket is soft, and able to get oxygen through it. He's old enough to roll around, or instinctively move something away if it's obstructing his breathing. As long as he's not, say, wanting to sleep with something harmful like a plastic bag.

That being said when I was a baby I apparently would pull pillows on top of myself to sleep. Not my face, but from the chest, down.

Jojo - posted on 08/08/2012

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Hi my baby who is 8 years of.age now still does it..... Don't worry.. just put a.fan in the room if its worrying you.. Ps depending on age.. Mild fan or gently pull cover back from time to time . Hope this helps x

Jessica - posted on 04/17/2012

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My sister's little one does that. Has ever since he could the blanket up that far. She did the same thing, taking it off of his head only for him to pull it back up there. As long as he isn't laying on it and putting his face down into the blanket and you check on him often he should be fine. Just finding his comfort zone or relaxation place.

Amanda - posted on 04/16/2012

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I agree with Heather. Its def to help reduce stimuli. My son does it when he sleeps and when he is rocking to calm himself. Hes 5 and has done it since he was big enough to put the blanket over his head. lol

Cheryl - posted on 01/21/2012

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my son has a sleepy ted hes nearly 3, its basically a square blanket with a teddys head in the middle and arms.



he sleeps with 1 arm rammed as far into his mouth as it will fit (his gag reflex is quite low) so normally its the whole arm, the blanket part over his face and he strokes the other arm with one hand and the square bit over his face with the other.



i allways wondered why he slept like this he started doing it at the same time as his first regression and now i guess i know why

Julie - posted on 01/20/2012

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My son is now 10. When he was younger he used to put a muslin (the sort you use over your shoulder to burp baby after a feed) over his face and I used to worry about it. If I woke up in the night and saw he had it over his face I would remove it carefully (he's a very light sleeper and so I had to be careful not to wake him). For him it seemed to not only comfort him with the feel of it on his face, but he liked the smell too. Nowadays he still has two of them in bed with him and they can either be over an ear to block out sound, over the top of his head (don't know the reason for that one) or anywhere down the bed against his skin. I stopped worrying a long time ago as he's never come to any harm but it's important to try to be vigilant I think if it's blankets, pillow cases, etc, as they could be much more dangerous in terms of either overheating or suffocation. I do think it's a sensory/comforting thing with them though.

Rebecca - posted on 01/14/2012

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I was on a site called Southpaw enterprises and they sell all sorts of things for children with special needs.I noticed they had a special pillowcas that had a little blanket attached to it for people who like to sleep with a blanket over the head like that. It was called a sleepy heads pillowcase. So it got me wondering if this is a common thing that kids with special needs have.

Marie - posted on 01/13/2012

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My 3 year-old grandson with PDD also sleeps with a blanket over his head & face often. Like the others, I take it off when I check on him, but when I go back it's back on again.

Connie - posted on 01/13/2012

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Yes, my daughter is 24 years old and can sleep under blankets etc; makes me wonder if people with ASD need less oxygen OR if this is a contributing cause to ASD?

Rebecca - posted on 01/13/2012

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I always sneak in and take it off his face too but then by the time I leave the room it's right back on again. He really seems to like it that way.

Carol - posted on 01/13/2012

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My son is 11 and he still does it. It can be 1000 degrees out and he'll have a blanket over his head. I try to sneak it off when it's really hot, but it never seems to work. He sweats like a pig and loves the cold, but I guess he loves the security more. It hasn't killed him yet.

Sharlene - posted on 01/12/2012

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My son use to do that when he was younger and lol still does.Im guessing it's what there use to doing Im the same thinking he might suffericate but no I now let him course I know that he was doing that since he was little or maybe a baby .

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