According to USA Today, the FDA discourages the use of teething products to alleviate pain associated with tooth growth or to offer sensory stimulation to children with autism or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.
This latest warning comes after a report of an 18-month-old child dying of strangulation by an amber teething necklace while taking a nap. Another incident, involving a 7-month-old that was hospitalized after choking on the beads of a wooden teething bracelet, was also considered.
In a statement released on Thursday, FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said “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.”
Currently, the American Academy of Pediatrics advises parents use teething rings made of firm rubber to ease pain associated with teething. Parents can also gently rub or message the gums with one finger.
Parents are urged to avoid over-the-counter teething products containing benzocaine, including Orajel and Anbesol, as there is evidence linking the ingredient to a dangerous and potentially fatal blood condition.
The following statistics are provided by SafeKids USA:
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