The FDA alert cautions parents, care givers, and doctors items such as amber, wood, marble, and silicone necklaces can pose strangulation, choking, and infection risks.
The products should also be avoided by parents with special needs children who might use them for sensory stimulation. “Consumers should consider following the American Academy of Pediatrics’ recommendations of alternative ways for treating teething pain, such as rubbing inflamed gums with a clean finger or using a teething ring made of firm rubber,” FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb says.
According to the alert, the FDA has received reports of an 18-month-old strangled to death by his amber teething necklace while sleeping and a 7-month-old who choked on a bead from a teething bracelet and had to be rushed to the hospital.
The FDA also reminds parents to avoid teething creams, benzocaine gels, sprays, and other ointments for gum and mouth pain as they can cause serious conditions.