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Sophie the Giraffe, a popular teether

A teether, teething toy, or chew toy is a device given to teething infants. Most modern teethers are silicone, but can also be made of wood or rubber. Some teethers are filled with a fluid or gel that can be frozen or refrigerated. They differ from pacifiers in that they are intended to be chewed, rather than sucked on.[1] They come in a variety of different shapes. Teethers may help relieve teething pain and help new teeth penetrate the gum, as well as provide a form of entertainment.[2] Teething necklaces and teething bracelets may pose a choking hazard to infants and toddlers depending on the teething parts, and have prompted recalls.[3][4] Early teethers were often teething rings.

Early twentieth century teething ring

Teething biscuits, like rusks and ladyfingers, can also be given for teething.


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  2. ^ "Why Do Babies Like Teethers?". The Spruce. Retrieved 2018-03-30.
  3. ^ "Teething Necklaces and Beads: A Caution for Parents". HealthyChildren.org. Retrieved 2020-06-15.
  4. ^ "Teething: Tips for soothing sore gums". Mayo Clinic. Retrieved 2020-06-15.