Are Amber Teething Necklaces Safe?
Are Amber Teething Necklaces Safe?
Are Amber Teething Necklaces Safe
It would be understandable for a parent to feel a little nervous after being alerted to safety concerns regarding baby products – the last thing anyone would want to do would be to purchase something that could harm their baby.
The amber teething necklace is one such product that has been subject to a great deal of safety scrutiny and misinformation. So, how do we know if amber teething necklaces are really safe?
Amber Teething Necklaces & SIDS
It is such a shame when thoughtless hoaxes are distributed around the internet, as many people make up their mind on big issues based on someone else’s cruel joke.
Emotional responses get triggered; many people jump into a state of horror and panic, and then without checking hoax sites or the mainstream media, they quickly share this misinformation - much to the delight of those who’ve started it. Before you know it, its gone wildly viral – without an ounce of credibility.
Just recently, there was mass hysteria when a dubious image (which was simply text on a white background) was shared on Facebook, claiming a baby in NSW had died from SIDS after wearing an amber teething necklace.
You would think a red flag would have shot up when people read the hoax, as researchers still do not know what causes SIDS. The hoax (which you can read about here) was flawed from the beginning, however to those who aren't already informed about amber teething necklaces, it sounded genuine. There were no media reports, nor any updated government or SIDS and Kids advice for parents.
Amber Teething Necklaces – Safer Than Bikes And Balloons?
To put the safety warnings into perspective, compare it to the bicycle safety warning on the Australian product safety website. They state:
Cyclists can suffer:
- Broken bones, head injuries or death if aspects of the bicycle fail, such as the braking system, steering or pedal cranks
- Serious injury or death if the bicycle’s head stem cracks or fails, causing the rider to have no steering control
- Lacerations and limb entrapment if the bicycle is not fitted with a chain guard.
To put things into even more perspective, they also advise this about the dangers of balloons:
“Children can choke or strangle themselves when playing with deflated or broken balloons or balloons with strings…Although not dangerous in themselves, balloons can become a hazard when they are deflated, broken or have strings or cords tied to them.
Children can suffer:
- Choking or suffocation after placing parts of a burst balloon or an entire deflated balloon in their mouths, especially when they suck the rubber into their mouths to make bubbles
- Strangulation after getting the string or cord tied to a balloon caught around the neck.
Should we stop our children riding bicycles or going near balloons? Of course not. But these organisations are required to point out the absolute obvious.
There have been no reported deaths or harm done to children wearing amber teething necklaces in Australia or the world, ever. So after more than 20 years of them being available all over the world there is yet to be an incident. This is why they are now sold in major pharmacies in Australia.
Just like balloons and bikes, when supervised and used appropriately, amber teething necklaces are very safe.
Reputable amber teething necklace retailers make safety their number one priority. For example, they only sell necklaces that:
- Are double knotted on either side of each bead (which results in only one bead falling off in the rare case of a break)
- Attach with a screw clasp,
- Are certified, authentic Baltic amber (some dodgy retailers try to fob off plastic as amber) look at the price for a guide on this. Anything lower than $19 is to be questioned.
Genuine amber is also non-toxic.
Do Amber Teething Necklaces Work?
Many parents rave about how fantastic they found amber teething necklaces. The proof is in the pudding – if you'd like to see loads of positive reviews, take a look at our feedback page here.
How Do Amber Teething Necklaces Work?
Amber teething necklaces sit against your baby’s skin, so the beads become warm. This is said to release the effective ingredient, succinic acid, which is then absorbed through the skin. This is exactly how products like nicotine or hormone replacement patches are designed to work.
Safe Sleeping Tips
Government and consumer organisations recommend that amber teething necklaces be removed while a baby is sleeping. For those who still wish to use amber to help with teething, you may like to use Baltic amber teething anklets or bracelets for your baby to wear instead.
For our full range of Baltic amber teething necklaces click here.
- Nick Marquet