Recently, FDA has warned parents for not to use teething jewelry to soothe their infants’ achy gums during teething, as the jewelry use is harmful to kids, and can lead to choking.
Jennifer Hoekstra—a specialist at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, Michigan—said that no scientific information has yet proved about effectiveness and safety of using teething necklaces. Along with FDA warning, the American Association of Pediatrics also opposes the use of teething jewelry.
According to some fashionable homeopathy-minded parents, the Baltic amber-based bracelets and necklaces can be helpful for infants during teething, as succinic acid from Baltic amber can be absorbed through the infants’ skin, which would help in easing their pain. However, no such evidence of pain relief through succinic acid has yet come in front.
Lara McKenzie—PI in the Center for Injury Research and Policy—told that there is no evidence of pain relief as well as absorption of succinic acid by the skin.
According to scientific studies, Baltic amber will not release succinic acid until it would be exposed to strong heat of around 200-degree Celsius.
Other popular teething jewelry products wore by parents, include wooden or silicone beads bracelets and necklaces. Parents should have to wear such chewing products all the time and should not hand over the products to kids, as the beads of the string may sometimes get choked, which could be very dangerous.
The FDA’s caution also includes some other tips and reminders for the parents to keep various creams and gels out of the children reach, as numbing gels contain benzocaine, which affects the body by reducing oxygen-carrying capacity of the blood.
Experts recommend the use of other non-harmful items to be used by the kids during teething, which includes chewing items, frozen or cold tied clean wet cloth, light massage, a low dose of acetaminophen.