FDA Issues New Guidance On Teething Necklaces

January 7, 2019 2:26 pm Published by

When your infant or toddler begins to have teeth come in it can be a harrowing experience for all, but there are some methods and techniques that offer relief. One of these items is called a teething necklace. The idea behind this is that your child will wear the teething necklace which will dull the pain of teething. According to the FDA, there is no evidence that these actually work as advertised. More importantly though, is the fact that this type of teething jewelry can be quite dangerous when worn by children.

It is for that reason that the FDA has issued new guidance on the use of these teething necklaces. The warning has been issued for a variety of reasons:

  • 1.) The jewelry is not considered to be effective.
  • 2.) Necklaces and bracelets, even those worn by parents can be a strangulation or choking hazard.
  • 3.) No jewelry of this kind is recommended by The American Association of Pediatrics

Along with the warning about teething necklaces, the FDA is also warning that parent should not use teething gels or ointments sold over the counter as the ingredients in all of these options are not considered healthy for children.

Parents of little ones who are suffering through teething might consider tried and true techniques such as massaging the child’s gums, using frozen veggies to numb the pain, or giving your child chew toys to work through the pain with.