Are amber teething necklaces safe?

Dr. Dina Kulik discusses safety issues around amber teething necklaces, and suggests substitutes for your little one's pain.

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My friends swear by amber teething necklaces and gave me some at my baby shower. Are they safe?

Unfortunately, we don’t have any scientific evidence that teething necklaces are effective or safe. In fact, they’re potentially dangerous because of the risk of choking—if a child were to break the necklace and swallow the beads—and strangulation. I don’t recommend teething necklaces, and Health Canada warns parents not to use them.

Instead, try a teething toy, which will help distract your kiddo from the pain. There are all kinds of toys out there—plush, plastic, wooden, even chillable—and what works for your little one just depends on their personal preference.

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