Amber Teething Necklaces

 

The Queensland Office of Fair Trading has received reports of an increase in use of amber teething necklaces.

The necklaces consist of rounded amber chips which are a fossilised tree resin and range in colour from yellow to white, beige to brown. They have been worn for many centuries to reduce teething pain. The product is not meant to be chewed by the infant but instead worn against the skin.

 The product claims the skin’s warmth releases very small amounts of healing oils from the amber which are then absorbed through the skin into the bloodstream and help calm the infant.

The necklace can pose two potential hazards; from strangulation and choking. Strangulation may occur if the infant has the amber teething necklace permanently fastened around their neck, especially when they are sleeping. A choking hazard may occur if the necklace breaks and releases the small beads.

What you should do:

  • supervise the infant when wearing the necklace
  • remove the necklace from the infant when the infant is unattended even if it’s only for a short period of time
  • remove the necklace from the infant while sleeping during the day or overnight
  • do not allow the infant to chew on the necklace
  • consider using a less risky form of pain relief
  • always seek medical advice if you have any concerns about your child’s health and well being.

The Queensland Office of Fair Trading is unable to state whether the therapeutic claims for these types of teething necklaces are true and therefore does not support the use of these products.

WARNING NOTICE TO PUBLIC

Pursuant to section 129 of Schedule 2 of the Competition  and Consumer Act 2010, 1,
DAVID BRADBURY, Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, warn of possible risks involved In the use of the goods specified below.

 Particulars of goods

Amber teething necklaces and bracelets consist of amber beads Which are afossilised tree resin and range in colour from yellow to white and beige to brown. The products are sold by a range of suppliers under a variety of names.Suppliers clalni that when worn close to the skin, succinic acid will be released by the amber beads to relieve the symptoms of teething. Some suppliers also make clainis for other conditions including eczema and asthma.

Possible risks

Testing of several of these products indicates that they can release srtlall parts which could result in choking hazards to children under three. Although most suppliers state that the product is not intended for mouthing, there is a risk that parents could be confused since many other 'teething' products are intended to be placed inside the child's mouth. It Is also likely that unsupewised teething infants wearing amber teething necklaces or bracelets will mouth or chew the product.The therapeutic claims made by some suppliers for these products may also delay a parent from seeking medical attention for their child In a timely way.

 Advice to consumers

Consuliiers using this product are advised to:
  • always supen4se the infant when wearing the necklace or bracelet
  • remove the necklace or bracelet when the infant is unattended, even if it is onlyfor a short period of time
  • remove the necklace or bracelet while the infant sleeps at day or night
  • not allow the infant to mouth or chew the necklace or bracelet
  • consider using alternate forms of pain relief
  • seek medical advice if you have concerns about your child's health and well being.

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