Debate has started following the tragic story of a baby strangled by the necklaces, yet still we see many babies with these dangerous necklaces on.

A US mother is suing Etsy after her son was sadly strangled by an amber teething necklace purchased from the popular online store.

Deacon Morin was found unresponsive at a childcare centre on December 10, 2016. It is alleged he was strangled to death when the teething necklace he was wearing tightened and did not release as advertised. (read more here)

Despite the lack of real evidence the amber beads have any effect on the body whatsoever, anecdotally, many families report seeing an improvement in the symptoms of teething when using the necklaces.

We asked mums how they felt about amber necklaces and got some very mixed responses.

In our Facebook poll with over 3100 votes the huge consensus was a NO to using them.

With 76% of voters saying no, compared to 24% saying yes they would still use one.

One mum said, “They’re a lot like every other baby product out there. When used correctly, they are fine. When used incorrectly, they can be dangerous. My son had a bracelet/anklet and I don’t think it did anything for him, but I’ve had many people swear by them being their saving grace for teething kids. It’s an each to their own scenario, just like everything else.”

Another mum agreed, “When used correctly they are safe. The issue is when they aren’t used correctly. Kids drowned in pools every summer. Those drownings are preventable too but you don’t see people not using pools because of it.”

Another said, “I don’t use the necklaces but I use the anklets and they are amazing and I strongly believe in them.”

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Another agreed, “I don’t believe in amber necklaces due to safety, but I do love and believe in amber bracelets/anklets.”

Another admitted, “I wouldn’t put any type of necklace around a babies neck, no matter what it promised to do!”

“Would never and will never use them”

“Think it’s a load of rubbish.”

“Kids choke from hot dogs grapes and fall from walkers. Car seats aren’t infallible either. It’s all about using. The product properly and I don’t know if it helps. All I know is that she’s not screaming when she chomps now so I’ll take whatever it’s doing if it helps her.”

“There is no scientific evidence that these necklaces actually do anything. Sad that babies are losing their lives due to them.”

Red Nose Australia does not recommend the product saying,  “They do not recommend placing anything around the neck of a sleeping baby as this could tighten during sleep and make breathing difficult and may even strangle baby.”

“Furthermore, strings of beads could break and individual beads could end up in a baby’s mouth, presenting a choking hazard.”

Consumers using this product are advised to:

  • always supervise the infant when wearing the necklace or bracelet
  • remove the necklace or bracelet when the infant is unattended, even if it is only for 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 wellbeing.

Do you think they are a dangerous risk?

Share your comments below


  • Sad that this little one lost his life. Anything around a young child’s neck has to be a choking hazard.

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  • Stick to the good old teething rings – far too big to be swallowed and if cooled in the freezer can also settle the mouth down similar to an anaesthetic without any side effects.

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  • I don’t think banning them would do any good, but I do think sellers should be truthful in their advertising. There is absolutely no evidence that they are actually effective for teething pain. There is a chemical found in amber that can act as a mild anaesthetic, but the warmth of the wearer’s skin isn’t enough to release it. You’d actually have to melt the amber, so just wearing the beads against your skin does nothing. People should know about the lack of evidence, so they can make an informed choice about putting something that is a potential danger (choking) on their baby.

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  • Do they work just as well being on the wrist? If so, they should be used there. Anything around the neck while not being watched like a hawk is dangerous.

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  • Anything around the neck is dangerous, kids donno how to untie them. Just like any pillows or stuffed toys are dangerous around cot. You’re not there with them 24 hrs so dun leave them with dangerous things.

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  • Yep but it really isn’t rocket scientist allowing babies to have something along their neck is an obvious risk

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  • Yes. Clearly parents don’t use common sense when it comes to these. So take them away.

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  • They make me uneasy. I tried most things to get teething relief but didn’t feel comfortable with these even after they were recommended.

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  • Yes I think they are dangerous I don’t like them

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  • I hadn’t heard any bad stories about them – but then I also haven’t heard anything positive either. I just don’t think they would work to even bother.

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  • Absolutely they are a dangerous risk. Get rid of them!

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  • These weren’t around when my child was a baby, and not really something I would consider. EVER.

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  • Another completely unnecessary gimmick! Never understood why people use them.

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  • How very sad. I never put anything around my babies necks, I was so paranoid.

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  • Very sad but preventable. I never put anything around my little ones neck when they were babies, just a choking hazard & no scientific evidence that these things work. A frozen carrot stick or icy pole would do the same trick with less severe consequences.

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