Amber jewelry such as amber teething necklaces for babies and infants has been steadily rising in popularity over the last several years due to the wonderful impact that amber jewelry can have on teething pain. But like any new trend regarding treating infant problems, there is always a worry about just how safe the product really is for babies to use.
The verdict on amber jewelry’s safety? Amber jewelry is safe to use BUT like anything you have on or around your infants, there needs to be precautions in place to ensure the jewelry is used properly. It goes without saying that if you leave a baby unsupervised with jewelry around their neck, wrist or anklet there is a chance that your baby may pull at the jewelry. It doesn’t matter if your child is wearing a $1000 designer necklace or an amber necklace. A necklace on a baby left unsupervised is not a good idea!
To tackle this and other safety concerns regarding amber jewelry, take a look at these following safety questions and answers about amber necklaces and other jewelry.
Are There Safety Risks With Amber Jewelry?
There are safety risks when babies wear any kind of jewelry! So the safety precautions necessary for amber jewelry are not any different than those you would impose if your baby was wearing a necklace gifted by grandma or a nice bracelet to let them wear at a family party.
Some basic safety precautions you should employ when having your child wear amber jewelry for teething pain:
• Never let your child wear amber necklaces or bracelets unsupervised or in a situation where you cannot reach them. This is because amber necklaces and bracelets are made with bead-like pieces of amber, which can present a choking hazard if your baby tries to chew on them or they become loose from the jewelry string.
• Never let your child wear amber necklaces or bracelets at night, as both of these options could present a choking hazard. If you want to continue allowing them to wear their amber jewelry at night for added teething relief, then use an amber anklet instead, which cannot be chewed or wrapped around their neck.
• Regularly check their amber jewelry for broken pieces or damage, as this can prevent accidents caused by broken or loose beads. If you notice any loose or missing beads, make sure that you find them and set the jewelry aside until it can be repaired.
Is Amber Jewelry Toxic?
Amber jewelry itself is not toxic. Amber jewelry is made using molded or shaped pieces of amber. They work through a compound called succinic acid, which is secreted through oil that is released from the amber when it gets warmed up through contact with the skin. The succinic acid is absorbed into the skin and from there, into the body. Succinic acid is not toxic and is safe when absorbed into the skin. Although amber is safe to wear against the skin, it should not be ingested, especially by infants.
Amber jewelry, like any jewelry, needs to be treated with common sense caution by parents. However, it is not inherently unsafe or any more unsafe than other jewelry worn by babies and infants. If you employ some basic safety precautions, then your child will be safe when wearing their amber jewelry to help relieve uncomfortable teething pain.
About Powell's Owls:
Powell's Owls is a family owned company that is dedicated to offering a safe and natural alternative for teething pain. Our amber teething necklaces are sourced directly from the Baltic Region and certified authentic by the Gemological Institute Of America (GIA) and recognized as the leading source of knowledge, standards, and education in gems and jewelry.