Could Teething Rings Be Harmful?

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Do you have a teething infant? In an attempt to help soothe your child’s discomfort are you using teething rings? While many parents have used a variation of these for years, and they can be great tools to calm an upset infant, these rings may not be safe for your child if they’re not used properly.

When we have discomfort, we might commonly use ice to seek relief. Teething rings, however should not be frozen, despite the fact that many parents have done so for years. Frozen rings can be so cold that prolonged exposure could lead to frostbite. Additionally, the ring may become more firm once it has frozen and might injure your child’s gums. If you still want to give your child something cold, you can place the ring inside the fridge, which can make it cool enough without freezing it.

Additionally, you should be aware that some rings are made with chemical additives like phthalates, which can leach out over time and be ingested. What could be similarly problematic are liquid-filled teething rings, which some have been recalled in the past due to bacterial contamination. A child constantly exerting pressure by chewing could cause the ring to burst and might inadvertently consume some of the liquid. Our dentists, Dr. Olson and Dr. John might recommend one made from a firm rubber that doesn’t have small parts, which could pose a potential choking hazard.

If you have other questions or concerns about teething and live near Carson City, Nevada, you are welcome to call Carson City Pediatric Dentistry and Dayton Pediatric Dentistry at 775-461-3800. We would love to see you and we look forward to taking care of your child’s dental health.