Teething jewelry has become a popular trend among parents with little ones looking to ease their babies’ gum pain.
From necklaces to bracelets, teething jewelry is widely available in stores and on popular crafting websites like Etsy.
But now, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning parents not to buy it after they found safety concerns.
FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D. said in a press release that the teething jewelry can cause fatal injury:
“We know that teething necklaces and jewelry products have become increasingly popular among parents and caregivers who want to provide relief for children’s teething pain and sensory stimulation for children with special needs. We’re concerned about the risks we’ve observed with these products and want parents to be aware that teething jewelry puts children, including those with special needs, at risk of serious injury and death.”
The FDA said risks of giving children teething jewelry include “choking, strangulation, injury to the mouth and infection.”
The warning comes after an 18-month-old was strangled to death by an amber necklace, according to the press release.
Other incidents, such as a 7-month-old choking on beads from a wooden teething necklace, also raised concerns.
Gottlieb said that parents should look for other ways to ease their children’s pain:
“Consumers should consider following the American Academy of Pediatrics’ recommendations of alternative ways for treating teething pain, such as rubbing inflamed gums with a clean finger or using a teething ring made of firm rubber. Given the breadth of the market for these teething necklaces and jewelry, we’re sharing this important safety information directly to consumers in order to help prevent injuries in infants and kids.”
Parents should opt for rubber chewing toys like rings, instead of dangerous jewelry.
As Dearly previously reported, the FDA also recently warned against the use of teething gel that contains benzocaine, which can cause a reduction of oxygen in the blood.