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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:
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:
Talk to your doctor if you have any concerns about your child’s health and wellbeing.
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