Health Alerts: Teething jewelry, window cords, and more
TrishaKorioth, Staff Writer
Teething jewelry not safe for infants
Teething necklaces, bracelets and other jewelry are unsafe and should not be worn
by infants or children, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The jewelry is made of amber, silicone, wood or marble. It is sold to lessen teething
pain in infants or to help redirect chewing in children with special needs such as
autism or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.
Infants were nearly strangled or have choked on the jewelry when beads broke off.
An 18-month-old died after being strangled by an amber necklace during a nap, according
to the FDA.
The American Academy of Pediatrics says infants should not wear any jewelry.
To soothe teething infants, massage their gums or give them rubber teething rings
that are not frozen. Never use over-the-counter, homeopathic or natural pain relief
gels or teething tablets. They contain benzocaine, lidocaine or belladonna, which
can be harmful or deadly for infants.
Window covering cord safety
Children are at risk of strangling in window cords. From 2012-’17, 50 children died
when they became tangled and strangled by cords.
Parents are urged to replace window coverings that have cords with cordless coverings.
Most window coverings sold in stores and online are required to be cordless or have
unreachable, short cords.
Until window coverings with cords can be replaced, make sure that cribs, beds, furniture
and toys are placed away from windows and window cords. Keep cords out of reach, get
rid of dangling cords, make tasseled pull cords as short as possible and anchor beaded
chain loops and cord loops permanently to the floor or wall.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced the recall of the
following products. Consumers should stop using recalled products unless otherwise
instructed. Consumers can submit reports of harm to CPSC’s searchable online product
safety database atwww.SaferProducts.gov. A searchable food and medical product recall database is available at www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/default.htm.
Hazard: The blister packaging is not child resistant. If children swallow too many vitamins,
they are at risk of poisoning or death.
Description: Recalled are Women’s Iron Complete Dietary Supplement 60-count caplets in blister
Sold at: GNC retail stores nationwide and online at GNC.com from September 2000 to August
2018 and Drugstore.com until August 2016 for about $10.
Remedy: Return products to a GNC store for a refund.
Hazard: The legs on the chair can detach from the seat and children can fall.
Description: Skip Hop’s Tuo convertible high chairs have reversible seat pad, removable tray,
five-point harness, beechwood footrest and legs and can be converted into a toddler
chair. Recalled are charcoal gray chairs (style 304200) with date codes HH5/2017,
HH6/2017, HH7/2017, HH8/2017, HH9/2017, HH092717, HH030518, HH05182018 and HH05312018
and silver/white with clouds chairs (style 304201) with date codes HH092917 and HH010518.
Sold at: Babies ”R” Us, Buy Buy Baby, Target, Kohls, Dillards and other children’s specialty
stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com and Skiphop.com from June 2017 through
December 2018 for about $160.
Remedy: Stop using the chairs and contact Skip Hop for instructions on how to receive a refund
or gift card of equal value.
Hazard: The metal snaps on the snowsuit can detach, and young children can choke on them.
Description: Recalled are snowsuits sold in infant sizes 0 to 18 months. The snowsuits have matching
print hoods with small ears and detachable mittens. A zipper down the front of the
suit is covered with a fabric snap flap at the chest. Styles include White Sophy floral
(2111187), Jazzberry ladybug (2111187) and Rosebud heart (2111188).
Sold at: Children’s Place and www.childrensplace.com from August to November 2018 for $50.
Remedy: Return snowsuits to a Children’s Place store for a refund. Online shoppers should
watch for an email from the website with return instructions.
Hazard: The robes do not meet federal flammability standards for children’s sleepwear.
Description: The Company Store children’s 100% cotton terry robes were sold in sizes XS, S, M,
L and XL in blue, green, gray, orange, pink, purple, red and white. RN#120962 and
tracking number CS3981DR, CS0981DR or 28738 are on a label.
Hazard: Metal grommets attached to the fabric flaps on the pages can come off, and children
can choke on them.
Description: Find the Bear books have fabric flaps sewn or attached to the pages. The front cover
has blue and purple horizontal stripes and a panda’s face. The book is labeled with
the Manhattan Toy logo and lot code 208150 AJ.
Sold at: Specialty retailers nationwide and online at Amazon.com, Buybuybaby.com, Manhattantoy.com
and other websites from March 2017 through July 2018 for about $18.
Remedy: Return books to the store where purchased or contact Manhattan Toy for a refund.