Amber Teething Beads: a Trendy Choking Risk

ash-lr-white-backMore and more babes of teething age, which spans a few months to a few years, are sporting those adorable amber necklaces, said to release pain relievers into the skin when warmed by the body’s temp. Efficacy aside (no, there’s no scientific evidence that they work), pediatricians from the US to Europe are increasingly alarmed by their choking potential. This recent post in the NY Times Well column lays the facts out clearly.

Okay, New Age moms, we get it. It hurts to see your little one suffering while those choppers push their way through the gums, and you’ll do almost anything to find a natural, drug-free fix. And they’re a mighty cute accessory around that adorable baby neck. But just like you wouldn’t put your toddler to bed with a bowl of peanuts within arms reach, beware of those amber strands. If the string breaks and beads fall off, choking can result.

Instead, try a frozen damp washcloth chew or partially frozen fruit, and never leave a small child alone with anything chewable.

Email This Post Email This Post

Ellen and Rachel are two old friends and “expert” mamas—one a pediatrician and one a family therapist—with fifty years of parenting experience between them.

Warning: Illegal string offset 'echo' in /home/mamasonc/public_html/mama/wp-content/themes/hybrid/library/extensions/custom-field-series.php on line 157

Leave a Reply




With One or Both of Us

Go to & for the scoop!

Phone • Internet • Your Home or Group

Listen up

Trade Ya!

Raising kids can quickly sap your energy and empty your checking account. Here’s a pearl that could change things in a flash.

Watch This!

Learning about mental illness and how to talk about it is key to good parenting and healthy living. Take a look. It's oh, so common!

What You Said

  • 33Harrison: I must say it was hard to find your page in google. You write great articles but you should rank your...
  • Lisa jacobs: My daughter was in a car accident and now has a concussion. She is plan to go to Mexico City which is a...
  • sexy dresses: I go to see each day a few sites and sites to read content, except this weblog offers quality based...
  • tap sports baseball 2016 hack: Thanks for finally talking about >Pack it! Lunch Ideas Theyre Sure to Go For...
  • RF: Well my baby had her first two bottom theeth at 10 months old and i tought so far so good and then now at 11...
  • ΠΡΟΓΝΩΣΤΙΚΑ ΟΠΑΠ: It’s remarkable designed for me to have a web page, which is beneficial for my experience....
  • sportsbooktop: Please let me know if you’re looking for a writer for your site. You have some really good posts...
  • Kristen: Cassandra, I get these little white bubble type blisters on my hand that sometimes dont itch and sometimes...
  • discount nfl clothing: discount nfl clothing cheap nfl jerseys free shipping paypal
  • Desley Joyce Brooker: I have a rash, that began over 5 weeks ago on my chest and within days it covered by entire...

Just so you know

The Mama ButtonThe information provided by MamasOnCall is not intended as a substitute for professional advice, but is for information purposes only. You assume full responsibility for the health and well-being of your family. Talk with your healthcare provider about any questions you may have regarding a medical or psychiatric condition.