Dr. Tina Frangella It’s unnerving for any parent to watch as their child suffers in pain and agony during the teething process. You want to help however you can because you want them to feel better. But you need to be careful when deciding on what to offer your child to chew on during this stage of their oral development. On the “to-avoid” list is teething jewelry. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently warned parents not to use this jewelry, which includes necklaces, bracelets, and other items, because it can be dangerous. There have been reports of deaths and serious injuries. In one case, a 7-month-old choked on the beads of a wooden teething bracelet while under supervision, according to ADA News. Another child, an 18-month-old, died after being strangled by his teething necklace while sleeping. These products are made out of materials such as marble, silicone, amber, or wood. They are specifically marketed for relieving teething pain and providing stimulation for people with special needs. Instead of taking unnecessary risk with these products, we recommend heeding the warning and talking to us, your Manhattan dentist, about the safe options for your child. Some of the safe ways to provide relief are:
- Take one finger and gently rub or massage the gums.
- Clean your baby’s mouth with a damp gauze pad three or four times per day.
- Give them a teething ring made of rubber.