Study Warns Baby Teethers May Be Dangerous

Teething is no picnic for anyone, parents or the baby in question who is popping some teeth through their gums. I mean, just writing about it sounds painful. Ouch

And while baby teethers can be life-savers during the trying time of teething, a new study is warning that you have to be careful which kind of baby teether you choose. 

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According to a study in Environmental Science & Technology, some of the most common ingredients used to make the plastics in baby teethers may actually be harmful to babies. The study reported that they found harmful BPA and other endocrine system disrupters in every single plastic teething toy that they tested. More specifically, they tested 59 baby teethers, most of the gel or water-filled variety, or just plain solid plastic. And get this — almost all of them were actually labeled “BPA Free,” even when they were still found to have BPA in them. 

And unfortunately, it gets worse. 

In addition to the BPA in the “BPA-Free” teethers, researchers also found frightening levels of parabens and the antimicrobials triclosan and triclocarban, which are known to be harmful in animals. And as the icing on top of the teething cake, these compounds are found to be especially likely to leak out when exposed to water. And guess what happens when a baby puts a teething toy in her mouth? Oh, that's right. She drools all over it, sucks on it, and literally chews on it, ensuring that any toxic ingredient in there is most definitely in her system. And to make matters worse, your baby's gums are a direct line to their blood stream and literally open when their teeth are erupting. 

That's kind of horrifying, isn't it? 

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Let's also not forget the other key piece of news about baby teethers that warns parents everywhere about potential mold inside of them. If your baby is using the popular “Sophie the Giraffe” teether, you may just want to check the inside of it for mold, as there have been some reports of some seriously nasty mold growth inside of them. 

So, in summary, I'm officially nervous to use baby teethers now, but you shouldn't panic. Unfortunately, we are exposed to a lot of different chemicals every single day (BPA is on receipts, did you know that?) and it is a part of modern-day life. We should be aware, do our best to limit our exposure, and stay calm. 

But you may want to pick up a few non-toxic wooden teethers, just in case. 

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Study Warns Baby Teethers May Be Dangerous

Chaunie Brusie is a writer, mom of four, and founder of The Stay Strong Mom, a community + gift box service for moms after loss. ... More

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