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What's up, Doc? Are amber teething necklaces safe?

What's up, Doc? Are amber teething necklaces safe?

Q: I’ve seen amber necklaces for babies that are intended to ease teething pain. Does this remedy work? Is it safe? A: Infants and toddlers are developmentally primed to put objects of curiosity into their mouths, so pediatricians worry about small objects that could enter the respiratory tract and cause breathing difficulties or choking. Vendors of the necklaces claim that Baltic amber contains succinic acid, which when released in response to body temperature, they purport, has analgesic benefits. There are no studies to support this, and the claims are not reliable enough to risk the threat of choking and/or strangulation. Despite the known and well-acknowledged risks of the...

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