Amber teething necklaces are marketed as a natural pain reliever for children who are teething. Marketers of these necklaces claim that they release succinic acid that, when warmed up against a child’s skin, acts as a natural pain reliever. Often, these necklaces are also being marketed as “safe” because they are knotted between each bead, and the beads are small (raisin-sized). These features give many parents a false sense of security about this product.
However, amber teething necklaces have not been scientifically proven to relieve any symptoms associated with pain. And because of the strangulation and choking risk of wearing such a necklace, Child Safety Link does not recommend the use of amber teething necklaces on children under three.
- Never place a necklace, string, ribbon, or chain of any kind on a child under 3 years of age on any part of their body.
- Do not give young children any item that can be placed or wrapped around their neck.
- Help with teething pain in young children by using teething rings or gentle gum massages.
- Always supervise young children.
- Just because a product is “natural,” doesn’t mean it is safe to use.
- Fad over fatality? The hazards of amber teething necklaces - Paediatrics & Child Health, April 2018
- Health Canada Advisory against Amber Teething Necklaces
- CTV Morning Live interview with IWK Emergency Dept. physician Dr. Shannon MacPhee and Child Safety Link’s Chantal Walsh about the dangers of amber teething necklaces.
- Amber teething necklaces pose strangulation risk for babies: study (June 1, 2017)
- Case Study of Non-Fatal Infant Strangulation from an Amber Teething Necklace presented at the IWK Health Centre, Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine, 2016