FDA issues warning over baby teething necklaces, bracelets – WMUR Manchester

FDA issues warning over baby teething necklaces, bracelets – WMUR Manchester

The Food and Drug Administration is alerting parents about safety risks related to teething necklaces and bracelets that are popular with infants.

The FDA said Thursday it has received reports of death and serious injuries to infants and children — including strangulation and choking — caused by teething jewelry such as amber teething necklaces.

The agency warns parents that the items should not be used to relieve teething pain in children or to provide sensory stimulation to persons with special needs, such as autism or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

“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,” FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D. 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.”

FDA officials said an 18-month-old child died after being strangled to death by his amber teething necklace during a nap. Another report cited a 7-month-old who had to be taken to the hospital after choking on the beads of a wooden teething bracelet in front of their parents.

The FDA said there are alternatives to using teething necklaces and bracelets.

“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,” Gottlieb added.



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