Amber teething necklaces
Amber teething necklaces are a chain of rounded amber chips (fossilised tree resin) usually worn as a necklace. These products come in a range of colours, including yellow, white, beige and brown.
It is claimed if a child wears the necklace against their skin it will help to reduce teething pain and other ailments.
Promoters suggest the warmth of a child’s skin releases healing oils from the amber, these oils absorb through the skin into a child’s bloodstream and this process calms the child.
Consumer Protection do not support the use of these products due to the safety risk.
The necklace can pose two potential hazards:
- Strangulation — the necklace may tighten around your child’s neck, especially while they sleep. Reduced air supply can cause death or brain damage. Never let your child sleep while wearing a teething necklace.
- Choking — the necklace may break if your child chews on it. This would release the small beads, which can get stuck in your child’s throat. Never let your child chew on the necklace.
Always check items (toys, clothes, household items) for any small parts that could detach and become a choking hazard.
Think about using a less risky form of pain relief. If you want to let your child wear beaded necklaces:
- supervise your child as they wear it
- remove the necklace whenever you leave your child alone (even if it’s only for a short period of time)
- take the necklace off your child whenever they go to bed (day or night)
- don’t let your child chew on the necklace.
Talk to your doctor if you have any concerns about your child’s health and wellbeing.
Futher information is available from the following Product Safety Australia pages:
- Amber teething necklaces - Consumer Protection Notice No 35
- Warning notice to public issued in relation to Amber teething necklaces
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