Teething bracelets, necklaces, and anklets may sound like a quick and easy solution to ease your little one’s teething discomfort. But the American FDA has released a warning about them after multiple reports of choking and strangulation.
What are beaded teething jewelry?
Teething jewelry is usually a necklace or bracelet made from amber, wood, or silicone beads strung together.
Why are beaded teething jewelry dangerous?
There’s a high chance that a teething bracelet may get attached to an object, such as the edge of a crib, cabinet handle, or even a baby’s own hands. Most babies and toddlers haven’t learned enough problem-solving skills to undo themselves from twisted and tangled beads when in trouble, so the necklaces pose a strangulation risk. Additionally, they can also break while the baby is gnawing, presenting a choking hazard.
Other ways to relieve teething pains
Here are a few other ways to relieve your baby’s teething pains:
- Use safe teething toys that don’t have any loose bits
- Give your little one a cold object, such as a pre-chilled damp washcloth, to gnaw on
- If your baby has already started eating solids, give them some cold foods, such as chilled mashed potatoes or bananas, during feeding time
- Let them gnaw on your clean finger while you lightly rub their sore gums
- Administer a safe dose of Tylenol if the pain is unbearable
Dr. Piyawut Kreetapirom, MD. (15 July 2021)