Teething Ring Safety Tips
Are teething rings safe? While they’re perfectly safe, there are some things to keep in mind to ensure that nothing goes wrong while using them.
Keep it cool, but not cold. While a cool teething ring can give your baby some relief, a teething ring that's frozen or too cold tends to be too hard for your little one’s gums. According to the AAP, frozen teething rings can do more harm than good, and they might bruise your baby’s delicate gums. Instead, place the ring in the refrigerator to make it cool before giving it to your baby to use.
Exercise caution. Watch over your child when they use the teething ring. MedlinePlus cautions parents not to tie the ring around their baby’s neck to keep it in place. This could cause a risk of choking or strangulation.
Choose the right material. Teething rings come in many materials, from plastic to silicone. Avoid ones that are filled with liquid. Your baby’s chewing could easily break the ring, causing a foreign liquid to spill into your child’s mouth. Some kinds of plastic teething rings are also easily breakable, which could be a choking hazard for your baby. You’ll also want to ensure that the teething ring doesn’t have any small parts attached to it, like decorations or rattles. While they might entertain your child, small parts can be dangerous for your child.