Infant Strangulation from an Amber Teething Necklace

CJEM. 2017 Sep;19(5):400-403. doi: 10.1017/cem.2016.342. Epub 2016 Aug 9.

Abstract

Amber teething necklaces supposedly provide analgesia for teething infants. Their use is becoming more widespread, despite lack of peer-reviewed evidence and warnings from Health Canada that they pose a strangulation and aspiration risk. To date, there have been no published reports of strangulation secondary to amber teething necklaces. In this report we present a case of non-fatal infant strangulation from the first time use of an amber teething necklace. We will also discuss the role of physicians as advocates in reporting similar cases and educating families. Finally, we will comment on the responsibility of all professionals and professional organizations that work with infants and toddlers to advocate for children by raising concerns and counselling parents.

Keywords: amber teething necklace; injury prevention; paediatrics; strangulation.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Accidents, Home
  • Amber / adverse effects
  • Amber / therapeutic use*
  • Asphyxia / etiology*
  • Asphyxia / physiopathology
  • Emergency Service, Hospital
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant Equipment / adverse effects
  • Male
  • Pain / prevention & control*
  • Risk Assessment
  • Tooth Eruption*

Substances

  • Amber