Are Gel Filled Teethers Safe?
Baby teething is sometimes very painful for babies and all you want is to help ease the pain. As a parent, you know that baby teethers are the best solution to help your little one have an easy time during this tough period. Nevertheless, most parents are worried about plastic teethers and other gel-filled teethers labeled “BPA-free” or “non-toxic”. Are these teethers safe?
Before we answer these questions, we should point out that wooden teethers are the safest teethers out there. You can check out our list of the best organic wooden teethers.
Now, are gel-filled teethers safe? Well, let’s see…
What’s The Gel Inside The Teething Rings?
Gel-filled teethers are filled with a liquid substance that makes them easy to freeze to soothe your baby’s gums. The liquid typically consists of glycerin and water or saltwater. These substances may or may not pose a toxicity risk to your baby and may result in minimal or serious symptoms. Nevertheless, the FDA and other paediatricians warn against using gel-filled teethers.
Why You Need To Avoid Gel Filled Teethers
As new teeth develop, the force of your little one’s chewing can break the teether. That will allow the gel to spill out and your baby may injest it. As a result, it poses a potential choking risk and even a bacterial infection if the liquid is contaminated. So are are gel filled teethers safe? Well, in most cases, the exposure will result in minor stomach irritation aside from the obvious bad taste in your kid’s mouth. However, the FDA suggests that it could be worse.
In a recent study by the FDA, at least 90% of gel-filled teethers on the market were found to contain various endocrine disrupting chemicals. These chemicals can interfere with the baby’s hormonal balance and potentially lead to neurological, immune system and developmental issues. That includes chemicals such as Parabens and Benzocaine.
Parabens are popular preservatives in the food and personal care industries, used to hinder the growth of microbes. These endocrine disrupting chemical mimic the hormone estrogen and can interfere with its production, leading to reproduction and developmental issues.
On the hand, benzocaine is an anaesthetic used as the main ingredient in many over-the-counter cough drops and topical pain relievers. The chemical works by causing temporary numbness on the skin, but the FDA warns that it may have deadly side effects to your baby. That includes methemoglobinemia, a dangerous condition that leads to a decrease in the amount of oxygen in the body and can result in death.
Safe Remedies For Teething
Occasionally, teething may cause excessive drooling, irritability and desire to bite of something hard. As such, your little one needs a teether that’s not only easy to handle but also safe enough to avoid choking and other toxins. With that in mind, silicone and wooden teethers are the ideal solutions for you. Nevertheless, you can try other safe solutions such as teething biscuits, a cold washcloth or a frozen banana. Amoung our highest recommended product is the Maple Teether Pair/Single. You can see the item below:
Maple wooden rings are very common on the market. This is because they are the most preferred design and material all in one. This pair doesn’t have any kind of chemicals or harmful coatings.
They are instead coated with a layer of food grade oil like olive oil which gives them a natural layer of further protection. The maple wood used in this pair of teething rings is very durable. Your child can chew on it as much and for as long as he/she wants. Toddlers and parents generally love these rings because they are effective while non-irritating.
When your little one has swollen gums, you can gently massage or rub them using your finger or teething rings. However, you should avoid plastic and gel-filled teethers as they pose a choking hazard and other health risks. So, are gel filled teethers safe? We will have to say no.