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March 09, 2020 Monday 01:38:10 PM IST

Teether for Down Syndrome

Parent Interventions

A teether has been developed by researchers at Purdue University which may help children with Down children to eat and speak sooner. It helps the child by strengthening its jaws and tongue muscles. It was developed by Hannah Ferril, an alumna in industrial design at Purdue's College of Liberal Arts and named it after her brother Jon who was born with Down syndrome and passed away several months after birth. The teether is shaped like a teddy bear with two pads for ears. The ears encourage the child to bite down upon them by playing music and lighting up the teether. It also includes a section made with silicone gel to be used in the freezer to provide pain relief for teething babies.

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