Warn­ing over teething jew­ellery

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have been warned to keep ba­bies away from teething neck­laces and bracelets after a tot was stran­gled.

The trin­kets, used for ba­bies with teething pain and as sen­sory toys for kids with autism or ADHD, have been linked to sev­eral in­juries and even death.

The Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion re­ports that an 18month-old boy was stran­gled to death by a teething neck­lace dur­ing a nap.

Ba­bies start teething about four to six months of age. It’s a painful process, and of­ten nip­pers be­come un­set­tled, teary and start chew­ing on ob­jects dur­ing this time as their gnash­ers push through.

The teething jew­ellery was seen as a so­lu­tion as the baby can wear it all the time, and al­ways have it at hand to gnaw on. Man­u­fac­tur­ers say the resin in them also helps soothe the in­flam­ma­tion and ease the pain. But the FDA, a US-based agency, urged: “We’re conPARENTS cerned about the risks we’ve ob­served with these prod­ucts and want par­ents to be aware that teething jew­ellery puts chil­dren, in­clud­ing those with spe­cial needs, at risk of se­ri­ous in­jury and death.

“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.”

It says risks in­clude chok­ing, stran­gu­la­tion, in­jury to the mouth and in­fec­tion.

The FDA adds that it has “not eval­u­ated these claims for safety or ef­fec­tive­ness and rec­om­mends par­ents not use these prod­ucts”.

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SAFETY RISK: Ex­perts have warned par­ents not to use teething neck­laces.

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