It’s common sense: keep your baby safe by keeping them free from any kind of jewelry.
You suspected those teething necklaces with all the yellow beads hanging around a baby’s neck were a hazard? Guess what? You were on the ball.
It doesn’t seem like something you would need a scientific study to prove, but parents have now got their answers in cards.
Researchers in Canada have found that amber teething necklaces do in fact pose a strangulation risk to the babies wearing them.
The study, which was presented at a Canadian Pediatric Society conference recently in Vancouver, showed that most of the necklaces won’t release when needed.
Previous studies have shown that 1.6 pounds of force is enough to strangle a child. When researchers applied this force to the amber teething necklaces, 80% of them didn’t release their clasp.
Those that did come open had pop clasps. Those that stayed attached rather, were held in place with a screw clasp.
And even when a total of 15 pounds of force was applied to the necklaces for ten seconds, only about half of them popped open.
It might be hard for a baby to choke themselves. All that’s needed for the necklace to get caught on something like a bookcase though, the edge of a furniture or a nail poking out someplace around the house.
If the necklace isn’t release in time, it could prove to be very bad news.
What’s the best alternative? Get a teething ring and call it a day. They’ve been used for a long while and seem to be pretty much harmless.
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