Amber teething necklaces
Amber teething necklaces are a chain of rounded amber chips (fossilised tree resin). A child wears this against their skin while they teethe. Some people claim the necklaces help to reduce teething pain and other ailments. These products come in a range of colours, including yellow, white, beige and brown. They claim that:
- the warmth of a child’s skin releases healing oils from the amber
- these oils absorb through the skin into a child’s bloodstream
- this process calms the child.
We don’t 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.
Tips for safe use
Think about using a less risky form of pain relief. If you want to use an amber teething necklace:
- 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 well being.