Learn Why You Should Avoid Teething Necklaces from Our Sherrills Ford Pediatric Dentist
Teething necklaces, made of silicone or amber, have popped up in many specialty baby supply stores as a stylish and convenient option for soothing teething babies. However, the FDA warns that, in addition to being generally ineffective, teething necklaces pose a high safety risk. Below, our Sherrill’s Ford pediatric dentist elaborates on why you should avoid teething necklaces.
What Are Teething Necklaces, And Why Are They Dangerous?
Teething necklaces and bracelets are made of amber, wood, marble or silicone. They are marketed as a method to relieve teething pain in infants, and are sometimes used to provide sensory stimulation to people with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.
While the necklaces may be an effective solution for the latter condition, they present a strangulation and choking hazard to infants and children. The biggest risk, again according to the FDA, is that the child could break the necklace and swallow the beads. The string or wire of the necklace could also cause strangulation, which is the leading cause of death for children younger than 1 year.
Safer Ways to Soothe a Teething Baby:
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) does not recommend that infants wear any jewelry. Instead, try these methods for soothing your baby’s sore gums:
- Teething toys.Plastic and rubber toys are great for soothing aching gums.
- Cold washcloths. Damp washcloths that have been tied in a knot, twisted and frozen are great for easing aches and pains. Avoid teething rings that are frozen solid; they are too hard for children’s mouths.
- Gum massaging. A light, gentle rub or massage might give your little one a lot of relief. Remember to wash your hands, then use your finger or knuckle massage the sore areas in your baby’s mouth.
- When your baby is having a really tough time, ask your pediatrician or pediatric dentist about child-safe pain medications that could help. A small dose of acetaminophen (Tylenol) is what is usually recommended. Do not administer any medicine to an infant without first consulting a medical professional.
Note that numbing gels and creams that contain benzocaine are not recommended for infants.
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