Teething Rings

Twistadmin Is This A Poison

Toxicity: Minimally toxic.

Expected symptoms:  Minor stomach irritation.

What to do: Wipe or rinse out the mouth, give your child a drink of water to wash the product down to the stomach and wash hands with soap and water.

Plastic teething rings that are filled with liquid, may crack open or break with chewing, resulting in the liquid getting into the child’s mouth.  The liquid typically consists of either salt water or glycerin and water.  The vast majority of these teething ring exposures do not pose a poison danger. They might give the child a bad taste in their mouth, but there are no serious symptoms expected.

If your child has bitten into a liquid filled teething ring and problems start or you have questions, call the Missouri Poison Center right away at 1-800-222-1222.  The poison center is open all day, every day for poisoning emergencies and questions, too.

Note of Caution:

  • There have been cases in the past where the water inside the teething ring was contaminated with bacteria. This is usually from very old teething rings or those made outside of the United States. Avoid this potential problem by using teething rings that have been purchased recently and check to make sure they are made in the United States.
  • Avoid buying liquid filled teething rings; soft, solid rings work just as well. Also, the fewer decorations on the ring such as nubs and beads, the better.  These small pieces can break off and pose a choking risk.
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