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MIL bought DS a dog chew

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eyess Wed 18-Jan-17 12:30:07

DS, who is just over two, had been complaining about sore teeth and had been chewing his dummies until they had holes in them and thus didn't function properly any more. We've given him teething gel and soft food for a bit, and tried to encourage him to chew on his Sophie giraffe, he seems better, but MIL brought him home with a dog chew yesterday and said he really enjoyed chewing on it round the shops. It's quite clearly a dog chew, it's a bone shape!

I'm not really sure what to make of it, how would you feel? Is this a thing that is done? Dog chews for children?

CherryChasingDotMuncher Wed 18-Jan-17 12:31:19

My mum did this with my DD! I binned it and still can't figure out WTF she was thinking!

Strongmummy Wed 18-Jan-17 12:33:42

Not sure what the issue is as long as it's clean?

Trifleorbust Wed 18-Jan-17 12:34:21

I don't see the issue really - rubber toy that he can chomp on and can then be thrown away...

drinkyourmilk Wed 18-Jan-17 12:34:59

Just make sure it's clean and let him get on with it.

Heirhelp Wed 18-Jan-17 12:35:54

My DD has a bone shaped dog toy. I bought it because it a different texture. If it is helping him with pain I can't see a problem.

TheHobbitMum Wed 18-Jan-17 12:35:56

I don't see the issue either? It's clean, plastic and providing comfort even though its a done shape not a car or superhero your son wouldn't care

TheresABluebirdOnMyShoulder Wed 18-Jan-17 12:36:46

No I wouldn't like this and the thing would already be in the bin. It's highly unlikely to be BPA free for a start and goodness knows what other chemicals are used in the manufacture of dog toys. There are plenty of suitable teething toys on the market for babies and toddlers without resorting to pet toys.

kali110 Wed 18-Jan-17 12:38:42

Don't see the problem.

RachelRagged Wed 18-Jan-17 12:42:11

Oh , Sophie Giraffe.

Be careful you parents with them . . I saw a link on Facebook and the inside of them have been found to be covered in mold . Just saying.

www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-38660041

Willow2016 Wed 18-Jan-17 12:44:21

I would bin it.
Many imported dog toys are full of chemicals, lead and other toxins and arent even safe for dogs to chew never mind a baby.

Get a proper teething ring or teething toy.

NennyNooNoo Wed 18-Jan-17 12:45:40

I thought you meant one of those rawhide things. Or a pig's ear. A plastic bone probably won't harm in the long run although it's a bit unconventional.

Ethylred Wed 18-Jan-17 12:51:11

10/10 and star for your MIL.

PovertyPain Wed 18-Jan-17 12:51:30

😂 a pig's ear Sorry but that image. 😂

HairsprayBabe Wed 18-Jan-17 12:52:47

Crying at the thought of a toddler chewing on a pig's ear Nenny grin

Dagnabit Wed 18-Jan-17 12:56:41

I also thought it was one of those dog chews that the dogs eat!! The rubber bone doesn't sound so bad now... hopefully it wasn't second hand

McGintyii Wed 18-Jan-17 12:56:46

I thought you meant chew sticks like these! grin

minisoksmakehardwork Wed 18-Jan-17 12:58:08

Initially my thoughts were that they're pretty tough but as they're made for dogs, it's unlikely your ds would chew through them. But I do think the pps who've highlighted they're likely full of chemicals and not designed to be used by humans do have a point.

My dsis bought my twins thick teething bangles. They're solid so no holes to allow drool and therefore mould in. Plus the solid rubber means they are much, much harder to chew through. They've certainly had a good going over the years. Dtd is now 4, nearly 5 and still chomps on hers. There's not even a tooth mark in it. like these

kimann Wed 18-Jan-17 12:58:43

I thought you meant raw hide chew as well grin !

ClaryIsTheBest Wed 18-Jan-17 13:03:01

Well.... chemicals?

That would be my issue as well.

I used to have a stick. Even worse, I used to drag the stick around me on the floor (on a red cord.).

Well, it didn't seem to have hurt (no allergies or anything either) but I wouldn't allow DD to do that....

so, whilst it probably wouldn't hurt DS I'd still bin it. Just to be on the safe side...

LaContessaDiPlump Wed 18-Jan-17 13:05:13

Meh. Dogs don't die from chewing them so it's unlikely your DS will. I almost bought DS one when he was tiny, but called it off when I found a second-hand Sophie going for a quid in a charity shop grin

mowgelijeffs Wed 18-Jan-17 13:06:20

gringringrin
Love this

EleanorRigby123 Wed 18-Jan-17 13:09:15

Take it off him. It will be made from recycled god knows what and may
Contain an arsenic based product as a preservative. There is a reason we regulate material for human consumption and place particular emphasis on babies.

Emmerdalefan Wed 18-Jan-17 13:10:52

I honestly don't see the problem. Iv never heard of a dog dying from chewing one and if your ds is getting relief then I'd let him chew it.

Foxysoxy01 Wed 18-Jan-17 13:12:02

But if it's full of chemicals surely the dogs would die/be ill from chewing it hmm

I think it's actually a good idea that I am banking away!

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