FDA issues warning on teething necklaces, bracelets following infant death – WTHR

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FDA issues warning on teething necklaces, bracelets following infant death – WTHR

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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) – The Food and Drug Administration(FDA) has issued a safety alert on the dangers of teething necklaces and bracelets following reports of one death and other injuries.

The FDA cautioned parents, care givers, and doctors items such as amber, wood, marble, and silicone necklaces can pose strangulation, choking, and infection risks.

Additionally, amber teething necklaces contain succinic acid, which could be released into an infant’s bloodstream, which can be very dangerous.

“We know that teething necklaces and jewelry products have become increasingly popular. .. We’re concerned about the risks we’ve observed with these products and want parents to be aware that teething jewelry puts children, including those with special needs, at risk of serious injury and death,” said FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D.

The FDA also advises caregivers from using teething creams, sprays, ointments, lozenges and benzocaine gels for mouth and gum pain.

Instead, the association is suggesting an alternative such as a teething ring.

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