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Amber Teething Necklaces: Exploring the Risks and Safer Alternatives

teething babyIrritability, excessive drooling, swollen gums and a desire to chew on objects are some of the most common teething symptoms. Parents often seek relief for their teething babies, and amber teething necklaces have gained popularity as a natural remedy. These necklaces, made from Baltic amber, are believed to release succinic acid when warmed by the baby’s body heat, supposedly providing an analgesic effect on swollen gums.

The Hidden Dangers

Despite their perceived benefits, dental professionals and paediatricians strongly caution against the use of amber teething necklaces for several reasons:

  • Choking Hazard: Babies have a tendency to put everything in their mouths, and the chances of chewing off and choking on a bead are alarmingly high, even with supervision.
  • Strangulation Risk: Necklaces pose a significant strangulation risk for infants and toddlers, making them an unsafe accessory for young children.

The Australian Government’s Warning

Recognising the potential hazards, the Australian Government has issued a warning notice about using amber teething necklaces, bracelets and other similar products. Testing revealed that these items could break into small parts, presenting a choking hazard for children under three years of age.

Safer Alternatives for Teething Relief

While teething can be a challenging phase for both babies and parents, there are safer and dentist-recommended alternatives to provide relief:

  • Chill Teething Toys or Pacifiers: Refrigerated or frozen teething toys and pacifiers can soothe sore gums without posing risks.
  • Use Cold Washcloths: Gently massaging the gums with a cool, damp washcloth can alleviate discomfort.
  • Consider Chewing Toys: Silicone or rubber teething rings provide a safe option for babies to chew on.
  • Ask Your Dentist About Medication: Over-the-counter pain relievers, like paracetamol, can be used in appropriate doses with your doctor’s approval and guidance.

Your Bub’s Safety is Always the Top Priority

Consult with our dentist for personalised recommendations on conservative and helpful teething relief methods. Remember, this phase is temporary, and with the right approach, you can help your little one through it comfortably!

Any invasive or surgical procedure may carry risks. Before moving forward, it is recommended that you seek a second opinion from an appropriately licensed medical professional.

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