Why Incredibly Dangerous Amber Teething Necklaces Should Be Banned

The newest and cutest baby strangulation device.

the dangers of amber teething necklaces

Oct 5th, 2016: I have a sad update for everyone. A little boy has died by strangulation from his amber teething necklace.

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They’re the latest craze in the crunchy mama circles.

You may have heard of them: magical necklaces that are supposed to relieve teething pain and make it all-around a more tolerable experience.

Supermodel Gisele Bündchen posted a photo to her Instagram showing her son wearing a teething necklace, generating a storm of comments and attention.

Gisele Bündchen

Do they work? Let me get that out of the way first: no, they don’t work.

And worse than that, they’re dangerous.

Let me get one thing clear: I’m not here to judge. If you feel that these necklaces make a difference and you use them safely and supervise at all times, then go right ahead.

I get that moms want to keep everything as natural as possible, and I’m with you there. I recommend only natural bug sprays and sun blocks, and I’m a huge proponent of making your own baby food and using cloth diapers.

But I just don’t think that Baltic amber teething necklaces are a solution. Or a good idea.

They don’t do anything.

First things first: there are absolutely no studies that prove that these necklaces do anything at all. They’re not supported by modern science.

The way they’re supposed to work is by the Succinic Acid contained in the amber. When placed against the skin, the acid is supposed to be absorbed into the blood stream, giving a natural pain killing effect.

Sounds good, right? Much better than feeding them toxins like Tylenol or other medications.

But does that make any sense at all?

Here are the facts:

  • Baltic amber does contain succinic acid.
  • There is no scientific evidence to prove that it has any sort of analgesic effect.
  • Ironically, succinic acid is classified as a skin irritant.
  • There is no scientific evidence that amber can release succinic acid by skin contact.
  • There is also no evidence that succinic acid can be transmitted through the skin.
  • Even if it could, the concentration of the acid in the small beads of a teething necklace would be ridiculously small.

They’re dangerous.

A child has died because of these necklaces.

Deacon Morin

I am so saddened to tell you that a little boy has died because of his amber teething necklace.

On October 5th, 2016, Deacon Morin, an 18-month-old toddler was dropped off at preschool with his amber teething necklace. During his naptime, he was strangled to death by the teething necklace he was wearing.

He was rushed to the hospital and put on life support, but it was already too late.

Please help me spread the word about how awful these necklaces are!

Another close call.

Amber Teething Necklaces Are Dangerous

I came across this news article about a toddler, Ellie. She was found by her mom, sound asleep, and she’d somehow managed to get her arm up through the necklace, twisting it into a figure-8 against her neck.

Ellie was fine, but if the necklace was positioned slightly different, she could have easily choked to death.

This is no joke.

In 2010, Health Canada, the country’s federal department of public health, issued a warning about these necklaces, citing the risk of strangulation.

They recommend not using jewelery of any type, including teething necklaces, on a child under 3 years of age.

Just recently, in 2015, Ireland warned against the use of amber teething necklaces, again citing the risk of choking and strangulation. It’s hard to find information on it, but judging by the warning, they’re being removed from sale completely.

Looking for studies on these necklaces on MEDLINE and PUBMED turned up only one result, a survey taken in southern France of 48 families who used these teething necklaces.

CONCLUSION: Putting necklaces on young children is dangerous. This risk must be diffused by all professionals working with small children in order to stop any publicity or sale of this ineffective product implicated in infant deaths by strangulation.

Unfortunately, many of the families in the study who were informed of the strangulation hazard preferred to continue to use them because of their irrational fear of seeing their child in distress. This is the same kind of irrational fear that causes parents to avoid vaccinations, opening them up to diseases that were all but wiped out hundreds of years ago.

But that’s another article for another time.

“But the beads are individually tied.”

I’ve seen some moms use the argument that because the beads are individually tied, even if the necklace breaks, only one bead will fall off.

Which is generally true.

But even a single bead is a choking hazard. All it takes is a single small object to cause a child to choke to death. Choking is one of the leading causes of death for children under the age of 3.

Why do people believe they work?

Let me just say that I don’t blame people for giving their children amber teething necklaces.

They make you feel like you’re doing something as a parent to help your cranky teething child. You’re not just sitting there listening to them cry, but you’ve bought something (that wasn’t exactly cheap) and put it around their neck.

Not only that, but if you look online for information on these necklaces, you’ll be bombarded by claims of the amazing healing and analgesic properties of Baltic amber, citing its centuries of use.

The ancient people must have been onto something, right?

The thing is, our understanding of the world back then was hilariously inaccurate. Let’s not forget that it wasn’t so long ago that people believed the world was flat.

People used to also believe that the positions of the moon and stars had an effect on the inner workings of the human body. By the late 1500s, European physicians were required by law to calculate the location of the moon before performing surgery.

Amber teething necklaces also appeal because they’re natural. Amber is natural, so it’s preferable to use over Aspirin or topical teething gels.

Let me be clear: I don’t condone using drugs to treat teething pains, and no medical professional would recommend it either.

But I think it’s ridiculous to assert that all man-made chemical medications are dangerous, but anything natural is perfectly fine.

I do find it slightly odd that modern parents will bend over backwards to avoid GMOs and pesticides, eat only all-natural foods and use only organic baby clothing and mattresses, but are perfectly fine with using a necklace that supposedly delivers a constant stream of natural chemical into their child’s bloodstream.

Maybe it’s just me.

Alternatives to amber teething necklaces.

It’s awful seeing your child suffer because of teething. But teething necklaces aren’t the solution.

Here are some alternatives that can help your child deal with this troubling (but important!) milestone:

  • Teething toys can be a great outlet for the need to chew and gnaw that teething children have. I’ve written a guide on 5 great teething toys that a lot of parents love. They’re safe!
  • You can also rub your baby’s gums with a (clean) finger; this can help relieve some of the discomfort.
  • A cold spoon, washcloth or teething ring can help, too. Just don’t make it TOO cold, which can be dangerous.
  • If they’re on solids, offering hard foods like carrots or cucumbers can be an outlet for the gnawing, too. Just be careful and watch out for small pieces that might break off.
  • Cold water in a bottle or sippy cup can be a nice relief, too.
  • Keep a soft cloth nearby to dry the drool. There’s going to be a LOT of drool, and it can quickly cause irritation if you don’t wipe it up constantly.

More reading on teething necklaces (if I didn’t convince you yet)

  1. AlphaMom: Amber Teething Necklaces: Helpful or Hype?
  2. Science or Not: Amber Teething Necklaces
  3. Dr. Weil: Are Amber Teething Necklaces Worthwhile?
  4. Science-Based Medicine: Amber Waves of Woo

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    • mom of almost 2
    • July 7, 2015

    I use one on my daughter and it does work, as for the above picture, that particular necklace is extremely long, the one I have there would be no way to get an arm through. The necklace I use on my daughter is short and you can probably only put 2 MAYBE 3 fingers in. The length in the pic and article is the problem. Make sure the necklace is short and you shouldn’t have any worries.

    1. MomTricks Jen
      • MomTricks Jen
      • July 7, 2015

      I’m not here to judge, so if it works for you, that’s great. But I still don’t think having a necklace on your young child is safe no matter how long it is.

      Accidents do happen. I’d rather be safe than sorry!

      But again, I’m not here to tell parents what to do. Just keep an eye on them.

      • Tj
      • December 8, 2016

      I was thinking the same regarding the length. But people should know better then leaving these teething necklaces on any baby while sleeping which is a big no no.

    • Katrina
    • July 22, 2015

    I think you’re being very opinionated- which kudos because you can on your own site- but not giving safe information. Your alternative? Number one on your teething list is Sophie the giraffe which has a choking risk!

    I used an amber necklace with my daughter; we put it around her ankle and only when she had footed Jammie’s on.

    To say that people who choose to try something are silly and old fashioned- referencing 1500’s moon measuring- really made me feel like you weren’t presenting facts but was a scorned shopper.

    • Jess
    • July 22, 2015

    You had me until your line about vaccinations. Please don’t claim to have done lots of research and read scientific articles but then make a claim like vaccinations save tons of lives. Most of the diseases our country vaccinates against were declining or eradicated before vaccines came out, and the toxins in vaccines are worse to a baby’s body than the disease itself.

    1. MomTricks Jen
      • MomTricks Jen
      • July 30, 2015

      Jess, I respect your opinion, but I am firmly for vaccinations and I believe not vaccinating our kids is not only dangerous, but dangerous for other kids they’ll be around.

        • Grammy
        • October 15, 2016

        If your kid is vaccinated, an unvaccinated kid shouldn’t be a problem. My daughter is highly against vacs and after reading what ingredients go into them, I don’t blame her. How cone there are so many kids with autism and other health conditions? A lot more so than 20 years ago. Our government is corrupt, along with big pharma, ins cos and the medical field. If your kids are happy and healthy, it can’t make money off of them. What has changed over the past 30 years where so many people have so meant medical problems? Cancer would be something you would hear about someone having maybe once in a blue moon. Now it seems like every family has a member who has one kind of cancer or another. Vacs should be a choice, not required by the government. Anything required by the govt that has to do with your health or the health of your children should be questioned.

          • Jimmy Johnson
          • October 17, 2016

          Just because one child is vaccinated, it doesn’t mean that it is safe from non-vaxed children. Vaccines only work if everyone is vaccinated. It works from a group immunity, not individual immunity.

          You should really get your kid vaccinated, before it gets sick, or gets someone else sick.

            • Lori
            • April 29, 2017

            That’s not exactly accurate. Of course vaccinations work on an individual! I had them as a child when most kids didn’t get anything but polio and smallpox. And when measles, mumps or rubella went around my school I didn’t get them. The herd immunity to which you refer is to protect the small percentage of people on whom the vaccine doesn’t work, people who have conditions that contraindicated vaccines, and also an effort to eradicate the disease the way smallpox has been.

          • TiredOfAntiVaxxers
          • November 23, 2016

          No wonder your daughter is an idiot considering she has you for a mother. You hear of these conditions more often now because we have a name for them, in your day autism was misdiagnosed as many different ailments, and often the mother was blamed for not being affectionate enough (see refrigerator mothers). Cancer rates are rising because we’re living longer. The older you get, the greater your risk of developing cancer.
          You should thank your lucky stars the rest of us are responsible and smart enough to get our kids vaccinated. Yours are protected through herd immunity. If we all thought like you, we’d still have polio.

          • Sonja
          • December 20, 2016

          That’s like saying people who can drive should be able to avoid being hit by people who can’t drive. An unvaccinated child is a health risk to babies too young to vaccinate and to children who are in the process of receiving a series of vaccinations over a period of time until the full benefit/immunity is attained. Adults not current on whooping cough vaccinations are serious health risks to babies who can easily die from exposure to whooping cough. There are lots of kids with autism as there are lots of children with Down Syndrome and a myriad of other issues but current research does not support claims that vaccinations cause autism.

      • Tracey
      • December 13, 2015

      Are you f’ing kidding me! Perhaps you should accompany a parent who’s child is suffering from pertussis or measles who is too young to have the vaccine. See for yourself the damage and suffering these diseases bring.

      Vaccines don’t cause disease,they eradicate them.

      Not vaccinating your child is not only a danger to them but also to others.

      • Abigail
      • January 27, 2016

      Jess you are sadly mistaken. I’m not sure where you are getting your info but it is false. Vaccinations have saved millions of lives and if you choose to not believe it, please feel free to move to a 3rd world country that doesn’t have access to them . You will never hear a mother from Africa complaining that her child was given the vaccines that are so readily available to out spoiled kids. So tired of this generations uneducated “first world” complaints. NONE of them were eradicated and FEW were on the decline.

      • aenflex
      • May 18, 2016

      Your comment regarding vaccinations is silly. It made me laugh. I know it may be hard for you to grasp, but people still die from diseases which vaccines exist for. I feel badly for your children.
      Modern medicine. Google it.

      • TiredOfAntiVaxxers
      • November 23, 2016

      You’re an idiot. Plain and simple (emphasis on the simple).

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    I wouldn’t compare vaccinations to this. That is ridiculous! As a health care provider I can tell you that not all parents decide not to vaccinate because of fear, fear is what causes you not to jump off a building. Some of us realize that there are no long studies what so even on vaccines AND that vaccines did not wipe out diseases, sanitation did. Look up the real statistics (not the CDC or the FDA ones of course), diseases declined way before vaccines were invented. There is no proof to say they are good or bad, the longer study published is for two years and it is not even finished, look up section 13.1 on vaccines documents and you will realized they have not been tested against morbidities or really anything. I think your comparison is incoherent and confusing.

      • Tootsie
      • September 7, 2015

      So maybe I’m confused….Polio was wiped out before the polio vaccine? Is history incorrect? Please tell me what stats you are referring to. My mother had whooping cough as an infant and was left with a serious heart defect because of it….her little brother died from lockjaw. What do YOU think would have happened if they had had the opportunity at the time to vaccinate and they had both been vaccinated. Sadly, they did not have that option. What say you mom of one?

      • Momtotwofullyvaccinatedkiddos
      • February 24, 2016

      OMG and you are a healthcare provider????
      I feel sorry for your patients.

        • Lori
        • April 29, 2017

        I’m guessing an alternative healthcare provider.

        And although polio was not wiped out before vaccines, it was also not the nationwide epidemic most of us believe. There were epidemics, but they were in pockets geographically and intermittent. The talk, though, is mostly about the ones in places like NY, where parents were so frightened they isolated their children indoors for months at a time.

        Still, I’m grateful for that vaccine. Not so sure about chicken pox, or even the vast numbers given today to very young babies. There is more than meets the eye and frankly I don’t think either the ‘all vaccines, all the time, no risk’ or the ‘it’s poison, don’t go near them’ camp are correct.

    • Dara
    • July 22, 2015

    YIKES! I used an amber necklace on all 3 of my boys, and it was an immediate difference within 24 hours. It was not very long around their necks, and every night and naptime I transferred it to their ankle. It worked so awesome that I ordered one for myself for my neck pain and it’s been making a big difference also. Just because the government is warning against it doesn’t make it bad. Think for yourself.

    1. MomTricks Jen
      • MomTricks Jen
      • July 30, 2015

      Dara, like I said, I’m not here to judge. I personally don’t believe they’re safe (or that they’re anything more than a placebo). But I do believe that placebos work and have their place, so if they work for you, that’s great.

        • Katie
        • October 19, 2015

        Actually you are here to judge. Can you maybe write an article about how what other moms chose to do with their babies is none of your business? You are irresponsibly throwing this opinion out with barely any facts to back it, in an effort to sell a book. Shame on you, and all the moms that plaster this on message boards bullying other moms into feeling scared or bad about their choice to use one. YOU are setting the example that moms should go around telling other moms what they are doing wrong.

          • Mora
          • March 29, 2016

          Are you serious? This is her site. People come here for her opinions. YOU are the irresponsible one for using an amber necklace. This is not a news outlet, she has no need to be non bias. This is a blog. She may not be here to judge, but I am. Wake up! I am sure you don’t support vaccines either. Because somehow you think you are smarter than a flippin scientist.

            • Betsey
            • April 2, 2017

            Exactly right Mora, I am really concerned about these amber necklaces, it stated that there has already been a death, if that’s ok with these people, I question their ability to raise a child…

          • TiredOfAntiVaxxers
          • November 23, 2016

          I think she’s pretty responsibly throwing out an article outlining the risks. But proudly ignorant folk like yourself will always find something to complain about.

        • BB
        • January 27, 2017

        You have to be kidding or very miss informed because the cancer rate for people between the ages of 50 to 65 have tripled in the last decade and that is the truth…..your opinion on the amber necklaces are about as right as the one on vaccines…lol

    • Karla
    • September 7, 2015

    There are so many things that are considered “hazards” these days because… you just never know! I’ve even heard of sweatshirts being hazardous because the ties could cause choking. Let’s just all live in bubbles, shall we? You can take something that’s supposed to be practical and useful – say, a high chair – but suddenly it turns into a “hazard” when the child isn’t being watched or it tips over or yadda yadda yadda.

    I’ve had an amber teething necklace on my daughter since she was a baby, and she is currently 2 1/2. When she was asleep, we would tuck it into her pjs or snap it between two snaps, and she NEVER had a problem with it. In fact, she didn’t even realize it was there! I also feel like it helped her, but that’s just me. I agree with one of the other comments, the necklace isn’t supposed to be very long. I wouldn’t hesitate to buy one again.

    I think it’s good to provide awareness about accidents that can happen, so thanks for that. I won’t get started on vaccines… :)

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    Those pictures from that article of the little girl with a necklace wrapped around her arm have been debunked, and that necklace shown in the pictures is…
    1) Way too long based off the information I provide for a safe fit. You should only be able to fit 2 finger spaces between the child’s neck and the necklace itself.

    2) Is not an amber necklace at all, no amber looks like that, and if it was marked as an amber necklace then it certainly came from China because that is NOT amber.

    3) There is no possible way for a child to get there arm that far through a necklace of that length no matter how hard they tried because they have an elbow.

    4) There is no research saying it works because pharmaceutical companies won’t pay for research for natural remedies that is why anything considered to be alternative medicine or holistic comes with a warning that it is not FDA approved.

    5) All amber necklaces that are made of real amber and certified as such will come with a safety clasp that prevents the necklace from becoming a strangulation device, They happen to break rather easily and some parents get upset because they have to buy a new one after baby yanked it once. That is also why I offer the pop out clasps that will easily pop apart and back together so no need for a new purchase if the safety feature is activated.

    6) It is never to be worn during sleeping hours or while a child is left unattended, so that parent clearly was using it improperly for this to happen to her child. With improper use anything can become dangerous.

    Not everyone believes in amber and that is ok I am not hear to change minds, but I am here to debunk false articles and information about the safety of amber. There has never been a case of anyone being harmed or dying from an amber necklace. These have been used for centuries in Europe successfully and still are to present date.

    Here is a video giving a good demonstration of why that article about the baby having it wrapped around her arm at night was bunk and how impossible it would be for that child to have that necklace wrap around her arm like that while “sleeping.”


    • Lisa
    • September 25, 2015

    The 1st thing I noticed is the necklace in the picture was much too large.
    It was likely an adult size. Both l & all of my friends/family (10-12 of them) have absolutely loved their baltic amber teething necklaces. The difference was noticed within 1 day.
    I did hear that the “raw” amber is slightly more effective over the “polished” kind.

    Most of the Autism cases I’ve dealt with were a direct result of vaccines, usually occurring within days/weeks of getting vaccines. Any health care provider would deny that, It’s difficult because it could cost them their career, but it’s even more difficult on the parents who have a lifetime of issues ahead of them. I am grateful
    we can choose which vaccines to get since not all of them are potentially harmful.
    I’ve also noticed my friends/family who raised their children without vaccines had
    an amazing track record of immaculate health, it’s been great to witness. Not sure if directly related, they also did all natural & organic everything else so who knows…

      • TiredOfAntiVaxxers
      • November 23, 2016

      Your anecdotal evidence is so much more believable than years of scientific research! Can you explain to me how it is there are only two unvaccinated children in my family and one suffers from severe autism and the other behavioural problems and learning difficulties? Everyone else in my family is perfectly healthy and very long lived despite their toxic vaccinations, it’s been great to witness.

        • Lori
        • April 30, 2017

        You do know that your example is also anecdotal, right? If a person gave a reverse example, that wouldn’t be proof that vaccines cause these disorders either.

        There are so many different causes for such disorders. Autism, in particular, is thought to be not really one disorder but many. It’s a conglomeration of symptoms over a varied spectrum. Because these symptoms overlap they have been lumped under ‘autism spectrum disorder’, but as science learns more even scientists know that will change.

        There is, in at least some cases, clearly a genetic link. But it’s not yet known whether the gene, if present, is then expressed, or whether an undetermined environmental trigger sets it off. Juvenile diabetes is an example- it is present genetically but appears to be triggered by a virus.

    • Sarah
    • September 27, 2015

    I found this article very interesting, my friend swears by the amber necklace on her 6month old…like many commenters are saying, the one she uses is very short…not like in the images. I was looking online for reports on it before getting one for my daughter (due in 3 weeks!) I have to say, i’m not convinced for or against now! haha I DO believe in vaccinations, but don’t think that has anything to do with this topic really…but I understand your reference to it in article. The placebo effect you mention is an interesting one, because a baby doesn’t know why it would be wearing the necklace so i assume you mean the placebo effect would be for the parents..if the baby stops crying when wearing it, or in my friends case stops drooling drastically, is that really a placebo effect? I am still at a loss of what to do…I may get one in the end, but i agree the choking factor causes me a few more concerns than the potential teething pains. Good post though! Got me thinking :)

    1. MomTricks Jen
      • MomTricks Jen
      • September 30, 2015

      Sarah, I really appreciate the mature and nice response! :)

      The placebo effect is exactly like you thought, but there’s more to it: since the baby puts the necklace on and stops crying, the parents believe it’s working. But there really is a placebo effect for the baby, too!

      If you do decide to get one, then more power to you! I’m not here to judge or tell people what to do. As long as you inform yourself of the facts and risks, you’re doing exactly the right thing, and that makes me a happy mama. :)

    • Elizabeth
    • September 28, 2015

    MomTricksJen you are entirely correct, on all counts. Unfortunately, there is no arguing with the pseudo armchair scientists. No much how much scientific studies and common sense you cite, they will continue to believe in junk science. The placebo effect is strong with this bunch!

    “Pseudoscience relies heavily on subjective validation.
    Joe Blow puts jello on his head and his headache goes away. To pseudoscience, this means jello cures headaches. To science this means nothing, since no experiment was done. Many things were going on when Joe Blow’s headache went away—the moon was full, a bird flew overhead, the window was open, Joe had on his red shirt, etc.—and his headache would have gone away eventually in any case, no matter what. A controlled experiment would put many people suffering from headaches in identical circumstances, except for the presence or absence of the remedy it is desired to test, and compare the results which would then have some chance of being meaningful. Many people think there must be something to astrology because a newspaper horoscope describes them perfectly. But close examination would reveal that the description is general enough to cover virtually everyone. This phenomenon, called subjective validation, is one of the foundations of popular support for pseudoscience.”

    1. MomTricks Jen
      • MomTricks Jen
      • September 30, 2015

      Elizabeth, thanks for backing me up! I’m glad at least a few people agree with me, lol.

      • Ransie
      • November 28, 2015

      This. All of this.

    • Judy
    • October 2, 2015

    You Say constantly on this post you aren’t here to judge but the way you have written this post is like a JUDGE.

    Luckly I’m not a fan of yours so no harm done.

    Oh and these amber necklaces worked on our 2 boys. We ensured the correct fitting..
    mahh Ive had enough on this shit site

    Contribute to humanity! Don’t go thrashing and Glorifying the Grubs.

      • TiredOfAntiVaxxers
      • November 25, 2016

      You could contribute to humanity by getting a handle on basic English, for starters.

    • Mandy
    • November 9, 2015

    I loved your article!! It’s funny seeing people try and argue their point after you made it clear you were not judging. We decided not to do placenta encapsulation (for multiple reasons I won’t get into), and it was really irritating when other moms would try and argue their reasons for choosing to do so and try and convince us it was the right thing to do.
    I was considering ordering a necklace but my pediatrician did not recommend it and reading your thoughts solidified our decision not to bother.
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts and being so mature about it.

    • Ren L
    • November 23, 2015

    Love this post. It’s hilarious to me, that so many people that think vaccines are toxic (Omg the CHEMIKILLZ!) use an amber necklace on their children. Your child’s body temperature would have to be greater than 300° to even release any of the succinic acid. Not only that, but there is zero regulation. None. So, say they did work, your child is having an unknown amount of a potential analgesic absorbed into their bodies, and you are ok with that? Right.

    Lisa, if you are truly a healthcare provider, you are contributing to the fear mongering against vaccination. There are hundreds of thousands of studies done proving their efficacy and safety. From around the world. From multiple organizations. Public and private. You may be in the wrong career. Healthcare is evidence based. If you cannot understand or believe the overwhelming evidence Strongly in favor of vaccines, do everyone a favor, and find a new job.

      • Peggy
      • November 2, 2016

      REN L, I heart you.

      • TiredOfAntiVaxxers
      • November 25, 2016

      By healthcare provider, she probably means she runs some reiki sessions in her spare room. At least I hope that’s what she means, I can’t imagine someone so ignorant treating actual patients!

    • Sensible grandma
    • December 6, 2015

    The reason I arrived on this site…..my daughter pulled one of these necklaces out and was putting it on my granddaughter. I could not believe what I was seeing. Why would anyone in their right mind put anything around a babies neck. Call me old fashioned or judgemental, I really don’t care. Anyone who would put anything around a babies neck is missing more than a few brain cells.

      • Frances Evangelista
      • August 13, 2016

      Some people are missing the point “of safety” to this article. The manufacturers are producing these necklaces in all sizes, l o n g and short, different colors, appealing to the eye, pink blue etc. enter uninformed consumers whether they be moms, grams friend, unknown to them the choking danger, whether it be from beads coming off ( we all know about manufacturerers defects, right) or placing the beads at side of crib rail, or chair where the child can easily place it around the neck,move to get up, or fall and then choke. Some of these necklaces stretch also adding to the danger. Another point..many people underestimate a child’s strength, so they can easily pull on a short one to the point of breaking it and choking on beads. Another problem, many parents leave their children with loving baby sitters, grandparents, aunts uncles friends, who don’t have knowledge or experience about safety such as this or allowing child to chew on toys that contain movable parts such as batteries, bottle caps, walnuts. Yes that’s right bottle caps or dried pasta. Some people just don’t think……it only takes a second or two.. It’s not even a blink of an eye for something to happen. Is it worth the risk ? What happened to the teething rings you freeze? Moms your babies depend on you. Just because it turned out okay for some , doesn’t mean it’s totally safe. That applies to all small objects, dangling items, cords, storing chemicals etc. be aware of what you use for your babies. SAFETY FIRST!

      • TiredOfAntiVaxxers
      • November 25, 2016

      You’re not being old-fashioned or judgemental, you’re being exactly as your username suggests – sensible! When did common sense fall out of fashion?

    • Megan
    • January 6, 2016

    ” No, I don’t vaccinate my child, ” said no third world country mother ever. Why do people think so many of their people and kids die on a daily basis? Do they lack proper nutrients and clean water? Yes. They also die of diseases, which we vaccinate for here in America.

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    I raised 3 children. One with disabilities. I am going to tell you beautiful young moms a statement of fact. Young children sooth themselves by sucking their fingers, and other coping skills we all develop to deal with discomfort. We can assist teething pain with a little rub on the gums and ibuprofen (pain reliever – effective and helpful) to get them through the discomfort when they are distressed. However, putting necklaces on children – around their necks, arms, ankles, legs is putting your precious and priceless baby at immense risk. It is a choking hazzard. It is a strangulation hazzard. Besides those perilous concerns – we DON’T want them relying on artificial things to sooth them when uncomfortable. They learn to sooth themselves. This is a good thing. It gives them confidence and skills to be able to cope with a problem and find a solution. We teach our children good and bad habits to “cope”. Always well -intentioned, we can interfere with them building healthy strategies to handle themselves. Necklaces can catch on a stroller, car set buckle, or crib hook and your child could be strangled. Their arms, ankles, legs should not have anything tight around them. To ensure the ankle adornment stays on – it has to be snug. That is just a super bad idea. Toy manufacturers do not give us what we need – they give us what we want. They create a need – and then they fill it. Such are teething necklaces. Please resist the temptation to buy into these items. Babies can cope without them. Thanks for allow me to share my thoughts.

    1. MomTricks Jen
      • MomTricks Jen
      • January 20, 2016

      So well said, Trish! And without getting angry and harsh words, too. ;)

    • Laura
    • February 1, 2016

    Though I’m not sure on the thought process of it being a placebo effect on the baby as that was not explained at all I thoroughly 100% agree on the choking and strangulation hazard. I think there is for sure some relief given by these necklaces but will be hard to convince it’s a magic cure and any better than any of our other methods such as teethers or *gasp* pain reliever. If hard pressed, there are many natural remedies (frozen breastmilk in a bottle nipple or mesh nipple for example) to offer relief that doesn’t come with any hazards whatsoever. Why risk it?

    Also, though not relevant in this topic- vaccines not only protect our children but other children (and adults) who are immune compromised who can’t get vaccines. Herd immunity is 100% a thing, and our responsibility.

    • CrunchyMommaBear
    • February 3, 2016

    You had me until you spilled your ignorance when you compared GMOs and pesticides to natural chemicals…

    • A dad
    • February 26, 2016

    We do this, who know if it really helps. She has been fussier when its not on for hours. But ours has a snappy thing that comes off pretty easily. We’ll lose it before she chokes.

    But 1) people use amber necklaces probably in the same way you make baby food and cloth diapers. It’s just something that makes you feel better even though there are other easier reasonable options. 2) To dismiss “ancient peoples” understanding of the world seems a little arrogant. Chinese and Indian medicine is built on valid ancient beliefs and I’d much rather be doing preventative care than be sliced up like deli meet by a surgeon.

    And natural chemicals are everywhere… even organic stuff.

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    for one this is strictly an opinion, not facts and two everyone should mind their own business on what people do with their kids because we’re all doing the best we can and three if you don’t want people jumping down your throat maybe you should consider going over the pros and cons of the necklace and vaccinations. all your accomplishing is pissing other moms off, people will still do as they see fit. I for one am not against using a necklace for teething, and I vaccinate my kids and myself but do not think any less of people who are against vaccines! my kids can play with unvaccinated children because I am comfortable with my choice to vaccinate and I feel I have done my part to protect my child. people should quit being so judgy and trying to push their OPINIONS as facts.

    • Melisa
    • March 29, 2016

    THANK YOU! I am so sick of seeing these dangerous things on children. Also YES VACCINATE YOUR KIDS! LISTEN TO SCIENCE YOU ARE NOT SMARTER THAN A SCIENTIST! Do you also think the Illuminati is real…?

      • Erin
      • October 26, 2016

      Note I vaccinate… This is the most riddiculous comment on this tread by far! Do you think that Big Pharma has your best interests at heart? That’s why we have patents that cure Aids, and cancer just to name two! Do you think that these scientist have your best interests at heart? That they are not out to make a money. If so you are a sheep, and what is wrong with society these days! The Illuminati comment just takes the cake! Are you even educated on the actually topic of the necklaces? Or did you see a platform to simply complain?

    • Kris
    • March 31, 2016

    Thank you for your article. I, too, found it odd that parents would place a necklace on a young child for ANY reason! As a parent of 5 and now a grandmother, I have seen many child trends come and go. We used to lay children on their tummys to sleep, especially colicky babies, because they would sleep much better. Now we know that that can cause SIDS, so even though it works its not worth the possible risk. I think I’ll stick to the other teething relief options.

      • JJ
      • April 1, 2017

      I wouldn’t put anything around my little boy’s neck (he wouldn’t let me anyway) and as for SIDS my little boy Would Not sleep on his back and slept on his Tummy from 3 weeks old and even at 18 months he turns on to his Tummy to sleep every night. I’ve tried turning him over but he wakes up and screams.

      Just because 1 or 2 babies died with bumpers on the cot or on their tummy doesn’t mean all of them will.
      It is apparently to do with the toxins in the mattresses as to why several babies have died.

    • Hbt
    • April 9, 2016

    Idiot. You just said there’s no studies claiming that amber necklaces work. And then you cite ONE study to say they’re dangerous and that’s your evidence! Idiot.

    • Lancer14
    • April 14, 2016


    Article with plenty of studies and expert testimony linking the harm Aluminum does to our natural immune system. Also, it’s interesting that the above posters are citing the TDaP (Tetanus diphtheria acellular pertussis) vaccine as one that has saved millions of lives. This particular vaccine is one of the most controversial right now. With the recent outbreaks in California, the classes of children most affected were ALL fully vaccinated. I am a pediatric provider and while not anti-vaccine, believe that parents should make this very important decision for themselves and should really educate themselves on each vaccine, possible side effects, and the history of each disease the vaccine helps lessen (you can’t really say prevents anymore bec the CDC is finding they aren’t as effective as once thought). I urge all of you with strong opinions in either direction to read The Vaccine Book. It breaks down each vaccines history. Side effects, safety, efficacy and ingredients. With Amber necklaces, this is also a personal choice. I urge each of you to look at the risks and benefits and always use them with supervision or around an ankle for sleeping. It has made a huge difference with my daughter and I tried taking it off her last night to experiment, and she woke multiple times screaming in pain. Placebo effect or not, at least it was helping. Also FYI, the placebo effect is something without any medicinal or chemical properties is given and it causes a reduction in symptoms. Isn’t teething pain the symptom we are trying to control? So if it is controlled via placebo effect, does it really matter as long as the pain is controlled?

    • Mel
    • April 14, 2016

    Regarding the Amber necklace it does work better than teething toys and other mess alone. Also I know medical doctors who prescribe the Amber necklaces to patients and they do not usually sell them themselves so it’s not for profit. They’ve actually advocated them for certain pains even after surgeries to replace the need for pain medicines.
    (I am not a dr. But I thought the necklaces were not possibly effective and some adults explained that they had been told to use them and when they did over time they noticed a big difference.

    • Mel
    • April 14, 2016

    To Trish:

    Obviously you never had children to which ibuprofen, Tylenol, cold items, teething toys, etc… Did almost no good. It was not an earache, cold, gas, but the reason he was constantly crying and awake every hour at night due to teething, per doctors checkups. So I tried the necklace and like others place around neck when I watch and ankle under footed clothes when I’m not watching close. Within 24 hours there was finally relief. It’s not a miracle worker but the change was so significant every few weeks I would go without it and by the next day or 48 hours he would be back to crying all day, biting everything, giving him safe medicine, to no avail. A baby does not need to go through this kind of pain. Especially when he’s pulling at his ears and such so much I get him checked for ear infections and once again the dr says nothing is amiss it’s clearly teething pain. And once again I place it back on and by 24-48 hours a significant relief hits the baby. Since he doesn’t chew or touch the necklace with his hands I can’t possibly see how it hinders him learning to self soothe. If adults have a bad toothache I doubt they’d go too long “self soothing” before getting some help with pain.
    Oh also his bad stools and rashes from urine due to teething also go away everytime.

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    I’ve heard many positive things about the amber necklace. Just orders one today, I planned on keeping it on her ankle since anything around her neck worries me. Thank you to the moms who have shared your experiences with this product. I am eager to see some relief for my baby girl.

    • Cassie
    • May 16, 2016

    Absolutely everything is dangerous these days. And there’s not always evidence to state whether something is one way or the other. I am telling you from experience that I was skeptical in the beginning but the necklace I put on my daughter absolutely helped her. And when I questioned it, I took the necklace off and soon realized that it needed to go right back on! As long as it is the right size and comes with a certificate of authenticity, I suggest these to every mama I know. So why would someone with no experience at all be writing a blog about how they’re dangerous? There’s no scientific evidence to give me the answer

      • Jessica
      • September 24, 2016

      I’m confused why people keep complaining there is no scientific evidence it’s dangerous when common sense should say if there is not scientific evidence it’s safe, DON’T ADVOCATE IT’S SAFETY.

    • Luke Griffiss-Williams
    • June 1, 2016

    This is a beautiful well researched article that explains carefully what the problems are and the lack of any known mechanism by which they would work – and the lack of any study or evidence to show that they do work, plus potential dangers with their use. Despite this and the attempt of the author to remain calm and friendly people are attacking her not the actual argument. The lack of common sense I see in some of these comments is astounding, thank you for trying to help provide people with real informaiton.

    • Dani Stringer
    • August 6, 2016

    What a joke of an article! The one “scientific article” you managed to dig up is a perfect example of horribly biased “research” and poor use of the scientific method. Any scientific resalearch that starts with a blatant bias in its abstract….is not sciencr. You site no statistics of children being harmed by these necklaces. You found some pictures of a baby who wasn’t wearing the proper sized necklace. You dismiss the wisdom and knowledge of our ancient ancestors and use faulty anologies. All you have done in this article is show how judgmental and ignorant you are.

    • Momto5
    • September 9, 2016

    Best comment from Sensible Grandma – Who in their right mind would put anything around the neck of a baby?

    Enough said.

    • William
    • September 11, 2016

    Scenario: Your infant, wearing a necklace, is walking a few steps while you let it grasp your fingers. The infant’s grip fails as it faulters in it’s next step, and it falls. Just before it hits the nice soft carpet, it’s necklace catches in the toe of daddy’s foot, or some ornamental metalwork on your coffee table leg, or the edge of it’s own big pull toy, or the corner of your audio system tweeter, or one of a million other things, and at that moment the necklace is jerked into the infant’s larynx, crushing it, and closing the infant’s airway. In a couple minutes, while there is absolutely nothing you can do, your infant is dead. Can’t happen, and hundreds is other scenarios can’t happen, you say, well you are wrong, and it appears to me that many parents are willing to bet your children’s life on it. Really???

    • Leann Miles
    • October 19, 2016

    Your “safe” alternative of Sophie the Giraffe is not a good one. Look up the story of the little girl that got the giraffe head/neck stuck in her throat.
    I also believe the necklace works when used properly! The babies should not be sleeping with them on and the company I bought mine from stated that. A lot of babies die from carseat related accidents so lets get rid of those too (I will go ahead and keep using that too.)

    • Amy
    • November 2, 2016

    They also tell you to not let your child wear them when sleeping day or night. Follow directions!

    • Dblrgirl
    • November 3, 2016

    Why are there no studies on Amber teething necklaces? Because pharma can’t make money off of them. That’s the only thing my daughter uses.
    And just as a fact, that’s one baby dieing from Amber teething necklace, which is currently investigated and not even for sure yet, and everybody gets outraged. But are you aware that children die daily because of vaccines? How can a unvaccinated person get your vaccinated kid sick, when that kid doesn’t even have the disease? I hope that you are aware that vaccines like DTap, chicken pox, MMR, among others are live virus vaccines. So when your child gets it, it can not only get sick himself but he can also infect others for 6 weeks. So it’s most likely your vaccinated kid spreading the disease. But that aside, why do unvaccinated kids not die when they get a disease bit vaccinated ones do?

    • Morningstar Child
    • November 8, 2016

    I could not agree more with DBLRGIRL. Having also read 7 or 8 anti vaccine memes on facebook, I too can confidently reject hundreds of years of peer reviewed “studies” on vaccines. Name me one time an unvaccinated child ever died from a preventable disease or ever got a vaccinated person sick….exactly, you cant! Dont even get us started on the myth that millions of unvaccinated children in 3rd world countries die every year. That is just Big Pharma trying to steal your money and make you cry during the fly faced children commercials! Not on our watch! Furthermore, you people need to keep your contagious vaccinated children away from our unvaccinated daughters, herd immunity, more like herd instant death! If you sheep want to go ahead and believe these so call “doctors”, with so called 20 years of “experience,” and 15 year “medical degrees,” than be our guests and enjoy that Autism for us. I will ask mother Gaia to pray a thousand blessings on all of your children souls, but I think we all know you will just put that in a syringe and shoot it up into their tiny little baby arms.

      • TiredOfAntiVaxxers
      • November 23, 2016

      Amazing. I think I love you.

      • Cybilinside
      • April 1, 2017

      Lmao, morning starchild…. Girl. How about the 17 unvaccinated children who have died from measles since the beginning of this year?! Oh right, according to you anti-vaxxers that’s obviously a media lie.

    • Melinda Washington
    • March 6, 2017

    I understand your perspective and appreciate the information. Just a suggestion- be kind in your writings. I’m a clinician and also practice holistic remedies. When offering my opinions regarding treatment that aren’t backed my scientific evidence, I simply state the facts. I feel the person appears less credible if the delivery is harsh…just a suggestion.
    Thank you.

    • JJ
    • April 1, 2017

    This is ridiculous!
    A child died because it was strangled by a necklace?? Sorry but that is on the stupid parent or guardian who let them sleep with it on and not the makers of the necklace who always seem to gwt the blame.
    Oh and you pathetic people saying that Vaccines cause Autism Hahah Stupid people. Explain this then
    My Mum and Dad chose not to have me Vaccinated and I have recently been diagnosed with Aspergers- a form of Autism. I chose to Vaccinate my little boy and he is fine and IS NOT Autistic.
    Carry on infecting others but my child won’t be one.
    I hope one of your children are born autistic and prove you wrong. As I have found it may be seen as a disability but can also be a super power. Don’t you know Einstein was Autistic and some of the best minds are.

    • JJ
    • April 1, 2017

    Why do people always go to products when their children die or are injured. Rather than admit that their bad parenting killed the child it is always “oh that necklace is bad and it killed my baby”
    NO you hurt the child by stupidly letting it wear the necklace in bed. I personally would not put anything around my little boy’s neck but if you do and they work well for your child then watch him/her and don’t leave them alone with it. BE A RESPONSIBLE PARENT.

    • Betsey
    • April 2, 2017

    Why in the world would anyone put around a baby or toddler’s neck? Goggle these necklace for deaths, you will find out that there has been babies die from wearing..
    That to me is definitely your sign for keeping your baby safe. JUST DON’T CHANCE YOUR CHILD LIFE…

    • Mum&DadChoose2keepme
    • April 12, 2017

    I wonder if Rain Man’s parents had him vaccinated…or let him wear a little teeth hurting necklace?? I think if we knew the answer to that, it would totally solve this ongoing aruement between Pro-Vac’s and Anti Vac’s. Then I would take him and JJ to a casino and see who’s REALLY the genius. Or is JJ really Rain Man? Oh geez I may need to put on my Baltic Ave Ivory teething necklace and go get a Rubella vaccination to figure this one out.

    • Lori
    • April 29, 2017

    Please change the picture. Pictures are worth 1000 words, right? The one above this article shows an extremely dangerous use, for sure. The necklace should be fitted around the neck, with just enough slack for comfort without pressure but not enough to get even a hand through it. I also take a nonjudgmental approach to these in my daycare, but when a child wore one just a little loose and was able to put it in her mouth I immediately made a little knot (not tugged) to shorten it.

    Perhaps show that photo with an X through it and another photo of one correctly fitted?

    • Michaela
    • May 13, 2017

    These necklaces are dangerous, PERIOD. Why anyone would use something like this with ZERO scientific evidence that they work is beyond me. The placebo effect that is spoken of only effects the parents, not the child. Parent’s have been duped.

    • bs
    • May 17, 2017

    wow lady, you are a joke. what a machine robot you are. conform, respect authority!! you are a sheep. and this is one of the lamest blogs I have ever seen or read. Find another passion because you are misleading and misinforming people and failing miserably at blogging…it is nice to have opinions isnt it?

    • Anonymous
    • May 17, 2017

    Honestly I did a research on the necklace and it says to wear all day and at night double wrap on the ankle….. maybe parents should start reading instructions so they don’t experience this….. I’m a first time mom and I make sure I read EVERYTHING. EITHER WAY reading instructions or not everyone should know you shouldn’t let your child sleep with anything around them. So you can’t blame the necklaces.
    But my condolences to the little boys parents.

    • Candice
    • May 21, 2017

    This is YOUR opinion on an amber necklace! Stop writing articles trying to sway others from doing it just because you don’t like them. It clearly states when getting one that if you are going to be away from your child for even a few seconds take it off. You aren’t supposed to put them to bed with it on. So moral of the story they’re safe and fine just watch your kid!

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