The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently shifted its focus on towards the various conventional methods being used for curbing the teething pains the infants have to go through. The FDA at recently made it a point to get the parents educated on the risk factors related to the use of jewelry used for teething pain relief in toddlers. The issue regarding the jewelry use came up after an incident of a toddler of being almost asphyxiated by his teething necklace during a catnap came up.
The agency had received another incident where a 7-month-old baby was almost choked to death with the wooden beads of the teething bracelet. Thus, the incidences related to the jewelry only seem to be raising hence needs to be taken care of. The use of teething pain relief or sensory stimulation in children with special needs is becoming a well-liked trend among the caregivers and parents eager to ease their children’s distress. Looking at the risk associated with the relative use of these products has compelled the FDA to spread awareness regarding the concerns linked to the teething jewelry put on children. The teething products are sold by the US manufacturers in various forms including anklets, necklaces, and bracelets. The jewelry of such kinds are generally used for teething children who are in constant pain but these are also used for special needs people like ADHD and autism so as offer a preventive means from chewing on clothes or body parts along with sensory stimulations.
To date, the FDA has given out details linked to the teething jewelry risk such as infection, choking, injury to the mouth, and strangulation. The American Academy of Pediatrics has given alternative ways such as soothing sore gums with a clean finger or using a rubber-made teething ring as well. The use of anesthetics such as teething sprays, creams, lozenges, ointments, or benzocaine gels for gum or mouth pain. The use of these can lead to methemoglobinemia, reduction in blood oxygen level, in infants. The FDA continues to raise awareness against risks associated with teething jewelry. A new study conducted by researchers from the University of Calgary has proved that earlier the dose of caffeine in the premature babies born less than 29 weeks’ gestation has no effect on their brain development in the long run.