Infant life jackets are back in fashion and people are making sure they get the right one.
But what happens when the perfect life jacket is not there?
Infant Life Jacket Association founder and CEO Michelle Pacheco says they are having trouble finding suitable babies.
“We are getting a lot of people asking if they should get a life jacket or not,” Pachecom said.
“So far, the majority of people we have talked to have said, ‘No, I can’t get a good life jacket.’
We know this because we have seen the same situation with life jackets for people with congenital heart disease.”
Pachecos team of pediatric surgeons, nurses and other staff is working with a number of organizations to find babies who need a life coat.
The organization is now recruiting for a lifejackets scholarship fund to help those who have never had a lifeguard or other lifeguard.
“A lot of times people don’t have money to spend on life jackets.
We are asking for money to help them get one,” Pachcom said of the scholarship.
“And it’s important for us to do that.
People need to know that we are out there helping them, we are going to give them the best life jacket we can.
And we are doing that because we love our community, we love this city, we want to make New York City great again.”
Pachco said the organization is looking to help more families than just those who live in a city.
“Our goal is to make the city better,” she said.
PacheCom says the organization does not need to provide the life jackets, but they are looking to make sure they are available for anyone who might need one.
“What we do is get them in our community.
We need to have the life jacket for everybody.
We want to get as many babies out there that need one,” she added.
The New York Lifeguard Association says there are a lot more babies in need than they were before the infant life jacket was introduced.
“It’s not an emergency, it’s not a life or death situation.
It’s a life issue,” said association president Mike Smith.
“There’s always going to be people that have an emergency and need a survival, so we’re always here for them.
It is not an issue of saving lives.
It has been the life guard’s best friend.”
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has also spoken out against infant life jackets as well as other life-protecting items such as life vests, body armor and gloves.
“The only thing that should be in this city is life jackets,” he said.
Smith said that, at least for the moment, there is not a lot to compare infant life-jacket with a life vest.
“They are different in terms of what they are used for,” Smith said.
The American Academy of Pediatrics issued a statement saying the safety of infants was paramount.
“I strongly urge everyone to have a life belt and a life vane, even if they are just for their infant.
The best way to keep infants safe is to keep them on a life support system,” the statement said.