The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advises parents, caregivers and baby health care providers to stay away from tooth necklaces, bracelets and all other jewelry.
According to the US Food and Drug Administration, an 18-month-old child was killed by his amber tooth necklace while he was snoring. Although the details of the incident are still unclear, the US Food and Drug Administration said that if the necklace is wrapped around the child's neck or the necklace is caught on an object such as a crib, suffocation will occur.
Fortunately, under the supervision of the parents, another 7-month-old child suffocated on the beads of the wooden tooth bracelet was immediately taken to the hospital as a precaution and luckily survived, the FDA said.
In addition to strangulation and choking, the US Food and Drug Administration said, “Other problems may include potential damage or infection to the mouth if a piece of jewelry can irritate or pierce a child's gums.”
Teething jewelry usually comes in various forms (necklaces, bracelets or anklets) and materials (amber, wood, marble or silicone) that can be worn by adults or children. Sometimes people with special needs such as autism or ADHD use a teeth tool to help them with sensory stimulation or replace cloth and body to be chewed.
Teething jewelry is so common in babies, many of their parents do not realize the danger it can pose to infants, according to FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb.
“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,” Gottlieb said in a release, “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.”
What’s continued,he said, “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.”
In the finished, “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.”
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