Is it teething time for your baby? If so, you might be interested in a teething ring to ease your child’s discomfort, but it is important to know which ones are safe and which options are not.
Use these helpful tips as your buying guide when looking for a safe teething ring.
Avoid Teethers with Small Parts
Some teething rings contain rattles, beads, and other tiny decorations, and while these things might be fun for kids, they are also dangerous. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, some rings have even been recalled because they pose a choking hazard, as chewing could dislodge these small parts and your child could swallow them. Instead, stick to one-piece, solid teethers.
Stay Away from Teethers Filled with Liquid
Doctors recommend that teething rings that contain liquid should be avoided. Should your infant’s chewing break the ring open, he could potentially swallow liquid that was not intended to be consumed. Also, this could cause small pieces to break off – another potential choking hazard.
Know What Chemicals Are in Your Teether
Certain teething rings contain chemicals that are potentially dangerous, such as phthalates, which are often added to soften plastic products. Some studies using animals have connected these compounds to obesity, asthma, and early puberty. In Europe, baby products containing phthalates have actually been banned, but they are still available for sale in the U.S.
Don’t Put Teething Rings in the Freezer
While cool objects can ease the pain and inflammation of your baby’s gums, you should never freeze teething rings. This could injure your baby’s mouth or may cause frostbite. Skip the freezer and instead, put your baby’s teethers in the fridge.
Do you need additional tips on how to help your child through the teething process? Give our office a call today!