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Proposed FDA Ban on All OTC Teething Meds Opens Doors for Guaranteed Safe Baby Teethers

Consumer advocacy group Public Citizen has urged the FDA to ban OTC teething medications that contain benzocaine, which has been proven to produce adverse reactions in children.

Sanford, FL, August 22, 2014 --( A consumer advocacy group has urged the FDA to ban all OTC teething medications that contain a topical anesthetic known as benzocaine, which causes adverse reactions in infants and toddlers. The proponents also asked the federal government to require pharmaceutical companies to disclose the presence of benzocaine and other anesthetics on the label of oral health care products. If this bold move proves to be successful in the end, then it allows child-safe baby teethers to rise in prominence in lieu of teething gels and sprays.

As of now, the proposal from Public Citizen hasn't met any opposition yet. The FDA hasn't provided any comment on it either. But, the alarm raised by the consumer group is valid. If OTC meds have become a bigger risk to your baby's health, what alternatives do you have in providing much-needed help for teething pains to your child?

One solution is to use baby teethers that have been tested and certified as free of any harmful chemical, especially bisphenol A (BPA), polyvinyl chloride (PVC), and phthalates like DEHP. These chemicals have been proven to be major hormone disruptors. Their estrogen-like effects encourage early onset of puberty in girls. They also negatively affect the development and growth of boys, particularly in their behavior. In adults, these substances have been proven to be high-risk factors to infertility, erectile dysfunction, breast cancer, liver and thyroid problems, and more.

Rather than put your baby at risk, choose an anti-drop BPA free baby teether that not only guarantees the absence of harmful substances, but also assures parents of fewer contaminants, such as bacteria and fungi, on its surface. The short red ribbon with the small alligator clip at the end keeps the infant teething toy close to your baby's reach. Also, it won't drag along the floor when your baby's crawling all over or climbing up the stairs.

Make sure the teether you choose is made of EVA or ethylene vinyl acetate, which is recognized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as well as other federal agencies and non-profit organizations as completely safe for kids and adults. It looks like clear silicone, but it doesn't need plasticizers like phthalates to make it soft and pliable. Unlike PVC, the material does not encourage mold and mildew growth once it starts to degrade.

ecoGreenBee's best teething toy is now on sale for only $7.99 through the company's Amazon storefront. This eco-friendly baby product is eligible for free shipping and delivery to addresses within the United States under the Fulfilled by Amazon program. Other services include gift wrapping and personalized messages with signed gift cards.
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