Take teething bead necklaces off of children

Take teething bead necklaces or bracelets off of children.

Why?  The FDA reports children have choked on beads that break off and an 18 month-old has died from strangulation from a necklace during a nap.

What are they?  Teething jewelry is often necklaces or bracelets made of amber, wood, marble or silicone.  They are marketed to parents to “help relieve teething pain.”

What is a less dangerous teething treatment?  Massaging the teething child’s gums or giving them a hard rubber teething ring to gnaw on.  Avoid gels, creams, and products containing benzocaine… as benzocaine can also be harmful.

Do no harm.

Want to read more?  https://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/HowToReport/ucm2007306.htm

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I have been practicing as a family physician for over 20 years--as both an educator of physicians and clinician. From infancy to the elderly, I perform obstetrics and general medicine. I love my career and am passionate about my field of knowledge and my patients. Follow me on Facebook at Leslie Md Greenberg Medical Disclaimer The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical advice. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, promptly contact your professional healthcare provider.
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