Turns Out Those Amber Teething Necklaces Actually CAN Harm Your Baby (Why Are We Not Surprised?)

Turns Out Those Amber Teething Necklaces Actually CAN Harm Your Baby (Why Are We Not Surprised?)

It’s common sense: keep your baby safe by keeping them free from any kind of jewelry.

You suspected those teething necklaces with all the yellow beads hanging around a baby’s neck were a hazard? Guess what? You were on the ball.

It doesn’t seem like something you would need a scientific study to prove, but parents have now got their answers in cards.

Researchers in Canada have found that amber teething necklaces do in fact pose a strangulation risk to the babies wearing them.

The study, which was presented at a Canadian Pediatric Society conference recently in Vancouver, showed that most of the necklaces won’t release when needed.

Previous studies have shown that 1.6 pounds of force is enough to strangle a child. When researchers applied this force to the amber teething necklaces, 80% of them didn’t release their clasp.

Amber teething necklaces pose a strangulation hazard.

Those that did come open had pop clasps. Those that stayed attached rather, were held in place with a screw clasp.

And even when a total of 15 pounds of force was applied to the necklaces for ten seconds, only about half of them popped open.

It might be hard for a baby to choke themselves. All that’s needed for the necklace to get caught on something like a bookcase though, the edge of a furniture or a nail poking out someplace around the house.

If the necklace isn’t release in time, it could prove to be very bad news.

What’s the best alternative? Get a teething ring and call it a day. They’ve been used for a long while and seem to be pretty much harmless.

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