Amber teething necklaces – myth or magic??

Diaper rash + rosy cheeks + irritability + excessive drooling + chomping on anything that comes close to the face + sleepless nights + fever = teething. Every baby will go through it and although  some don’t even get fazed by it most babies will show some sign that they are getting their first chomper.

Kellan (my 2 yr old) got a high fever and was super irritable while on holidays when he was 6 months old. Typically he is relaxed and easy going so I wasn’t surprised when a little white bud poked through. I am not a huge fan of dosing my kids up with Tylenol/Advil so I did some research and bought an amber teething necklace. I am not going to lie I was a little skeptical…. how can a string of amber beads (that looks cute) actually provide teething relief?! Well it worked! He never was fazed by another tooth coming through again. Magic.

Myles is showing some teething signs (eating everything that come into his reach) I popped on the necklace this week!

So I am guessing you have some questions about these ‘magic’ amber teething necklaces

What is amber and how does it work?

–  Amber is not a stone or mineral but get this it’s actually fossilized tree ‘juice’…not sap but a thick liquid that turns into a transparent solid that has succinic acid (this is the magic) in it . Amber is a natural pain reliever that has been used for centuries. It warms up against babes skin and releases its healing medicine ‘magic’- a natural anti-inflammatory.  It is also great to help amp up the immune system to fight off other common infections.

Are they safe?

–  Each bead on the necklace has a knot before and after it- so if a bead does fall off it will only be one. They are small enough that it likely won’t cause choking – you will just get a nice little gift in the next diaper change ;). The clasp is made out of an amber/plastic screw so if there is enough pressure it will open (unlike a metal clasp). So- like anything it is up to you if you want your babe to sleep with it on. In my opinion they are as safe as necklaces can come but if it makes you feel better why don’t you put it on babes ankle?

Does the ‘magic’ wear off?

– If you take proper care of it – wash it with warm water, take it off when swimming in chlorine pools etc, it will last years. It is ‘living’ so the magic will not stop working!

check out the clasp and if you look close enough you can see little knots before and after each bead

Do they chew it?

–  Nope. No chewing required. I still recommend a good teething ring so babe can take their aggression out on something ;). Myles loves the new lanco natural rubber apple teether (check it out)!

Does it matter which colour of necklace I buy?

– Like anything natural, no two beads are exactly alike. All of the different colours have the same calming effect so just pick the one that you think is the cutest!

Is it comfy to wear?

– Both of my boys have never tugged on it or seemed bothered by it. It is super light-weight and not sharp so I would say ‘yes’ it is very comfy. I bet your little one wouldn’t even know that they are wearing it!

So I am curious what you think- are you planning to jump aboard the amber necklace train? Do you love your ‘magic necklace’? Or do you have more questions?? Let me know your thoughts! :)

About Lydia

My name is Lydia and I am a momma (still can’t believe that)! My husband and I recently upgraded to be a family of four. We have two precious boys- Kellan (a chatty 2.5 year old) and Myles (a feisty 8 month old)- life sure is busy but we wouldn't change it for the world! I have been working in the baby industry for the past 5 years so when asked if I would be interested in doing some product blogging while on mat leave I couldn’t resist! I am hoping to help all the mommas (& dads) out there who want honest, reliable information in the crazy world of baby products- enjoy! check out my blog at
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  • Jen

    We bought one of the Amber necklaces because we didn’t want to give our little guy medicine, and sadly it didn’t work at all!! We thought we’d give it a try after trying the Hazelwood and not having it work, but it had no effect either. Sadly $20 for each necklace down the drain :(

    • Tabitha

      Try homeopathic medicine! It worked so well for both of my kids because I won’t give them actual medicine, either. We used both Boiron and Homecan :)

      • bushwah

        “I won’t give them actual medicine”

        What will you give them when they get, oh, meningitis or strep throat?


        My grandmother’s first child died of a throat infection at the age of 18 months, because the actual medicine (penicillin) was not discovered until a few years later, and she could do nothing for two weeks but wait for him to die.

        If she were still here, she would shake you silly. Of course, you already are.

  • Tara-Lynn

    My son Rhys has been wearing his amber necklace since he was a couple months old and he his now 17 months. I must say I love it! He has all but his last four remaining molars and he’s never once drooled, been overly irritable, or had any sleepless nights and has never had a major diaper rash! Most of his teeth I didn’t even notice where coming in until one day they were there. The only teeth he had a problem with was his first four molars but I cake that up to the fact they are bigger and all four came at the same time.

  • Tirk97

    Amber necklaces are popular in Switzerland with all babies. My sister in law used one for both her children and has sent one for our baby boy. At 4.5mths, he is now putting everything into his mouth but is not irritable at all. I guess we will see what happens and how well it works further down the road. I’ve also been told to wash it in freezing cold water once in a while and to place it on a window sill during a full moon to recharge the power of the stones.

  • Leelee

    I got one for my first daughter and wow what a difference it made!! Definatly a firm believer and just order a second one for my second daughter!! <3 amber teething necklaces!!!

    • Lydia

      So happy to hear you have amber teething necklace success!!

  • Hawthorne

    I’v heard a lot about these necklaces and niece was born i went out and bought one of these hoping it would help guess what it did no more crying no medicine to be given great piece of jewelry, and as well as a gift.

  • melissa

    pp sorry you are so skeptical-I wouldn’t knock it until you’ve tried it. Wouldn’t you rather this work for your child instead of putting chemicals into their bodies?

    I wish I’d had a amber necklace for my daughter when she was teething, but I didn’t hear about them until I was pregnant with my son. Our necklace has worked wonders. You have to give it time, sometimes a week even. (The lighter and more opaque the amber, the better it works as well.) At first we thought it wasn’t working and then we took it off him and his symptoms became much worse. He’s worn his for 2yrs now and I include one in every baby gift I buy now. I have just order a hazelwood one with amber beads as my little guy is almost done his teething, but has developed eczema. Hazelwood will work for that and he will still have the additional benefits of the amber.

    • Jack
      • Lucydoodaa

        Nowhere in the article does it state that children have strangulated from these necklaces, it is only based on speculation that a necklace can cause strangulation, not these specific necklaces. So what’s the relevance? Round objects can cause choking, that doesn’t mean that anything that is round can cause choking. Stop being such a fear monger.

      • Kim

        Thank you, Jack, for sharing that article. Interestingly, the authors begin with two significant presuppositions that form the basis for the article’s conclusions yet are never demonstrated: 1) amber necklaces are quackery and are ineffective, 2) they can cause strangulation. No where in the article do they establish the validity of these two claims either through their own research or by citing the research of others. The article then proceeds to interview parents in France, where apparently the practice of putting amber necklaces on infants is common, to determine what their perceptions of the risk and benefits are. Not surprisingly, the vast majority of parents consider the necklaces effective and do not regard them as a danger. The authors conclude, therefore, that more should be done to convince parents of the two presuppositions that formed the starting point of the article. It is clear from reading the abstract that the authors have an opinion about a practice and want to convince parents to ascribe to their opinion, but no where do they establish the veracity of said opinion.

        I do not claim to be an expert, but having just purchased an amber necklace today, already I see that my 3 mths old son is no longer drooling, and is much less irritated and upset. As for safety, which is certainly a concern of mine, the necklace is too short to catch on anything or be put in his mouth. If it were to break the very small beads are individually knotted so they will not come off and will not choke him if they do.

        Regarding the danger of strangulation in a car seat: if a child’s head falls forward in a car seat, the seat has been installed incorrectly. It should be on a 45 degree angle so the child is tilted backward and his head cannot roll forward. As others have commented already, the necklace has nothing to do with strangulation in such a case.

      • bushwah

        To quote the abstract: “Numerous infants wear teething necklaces, a quack remedy with a real risk of strangulation or aspiration of small beads.”

        Perhaps, Kim, you should read the actual article to learn what that statement was based on. Or just some real science somewhere.

        The link is to an abstract. If you want to critique the article itself, e.g. its methodology or the validity of its conclusions, read the article. It’s in French. It was published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal:

        The authors seem to have been informed by parents that they use these things because of “their irrational fear of seeing their child suffer surpassed their fear of the risk of strangulation”. It seems to me that parents who use it are at least as concerned about their own comfort in the company of a grouchy child.

        I ran across this thread because I am shopping on line for an amber gift, and kept seeing “teething necklaces”. Knowing that amber is relatively soft, I assumed they were for teething infants to chew on, and wondered how this was regarded by actual professionals. I find the idea is much more ridiculous and just as potentially dangerous as I had thought, and expert opinion plainly concurs.

  • Mommaof4

    Since when is natural amber considered “hocus pocus” . Wow.

    • bushwah

      Probably since about the same time that sacrificing chickens has been.

      Chickens are natural, right?

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  • Emergency eyewash stations

    I was going to come sign-up to your shop, particularly since you are the nearest bugaboo supplier, but after seeing offering of this type of hocus pocus bs I’ll be investing my cash elsewhere…

    • Gail

      Hmmm, are you jack? Lol. Same exact wording. We’ve got a hater here people. Spammer alert!

  • Maksim

    Thanks a lot for sharing

  • Shiv

    To jack that posted the pubmed article,
    Thank you! As an RN I can safely say that i would be 100% against putting on a neckless ( a beady one of that) on a child who knows not better than to chew on beads and choke on it or worse, pull on it and possibly get strangulated led by it. I recently became a mom, and still on mat leave. I keep a very steady eye on my baby b,c shes starting to walk now but u can’t guard her every nano second! That is why obvious dangers like necklesses should not be worn on them. as parents, people need to be more educated about these things and not believe everything they see on tv or the Internet!

    • Amber Enthusiast

      Shiv – Amber teething necklaces have breakaway clasps which will snap if any significant pulling occurs, which effectively reduces the chance of strangulation to zero. Each bead is individually beaded so if it does break, there is no cascade of beads. One bead will fall off. Also, the beads are smoothed and sized appropriately so that if a child does manage to get one in his or her mouth, it will pass right through their system without damage. They ARE safety approved for children under a year.

      • bushwah

        It will pass right through their system without damage …

        … unless they inhale it.


    • colored_pink

      I have to agree with Shiv, my daughter is 5 months and the idea of her choking on something is a risk we aren’t willing to take, my husband and I have talked with other parents who swear by them, and a public health nurse who dislikes them, and we decide for her safety we returned the one a family friend bought for our daughter.

      • Melissa

        You do not have to put them around your child’s neck if it makes you uncomfortable. You simply put it around the baby’s ankle, put a sock on that foot and there u go!!

    • LK

      I was worried about the choking hazard but another Mom told me you can also wrap around the ankle…. still effective.

    • Fiona

      All 5 of my children have used the amber necklaces. They’re all alive and well and we haven’t had a problem. I tell all my patients how to properly use the necklace and all safety precautions. Most mothers out the necklace on the ankle under a sick at night, or remove it all together. For the most part nobody has ever complained about they’re child noticing or tugging at the necklace. However, if anything ever does happen the necklace will unclasp if pulled hard enough. I always check to make sure that mothers are purchasing the right sizes as well. You can’t be a hater if you’ve never tried it. ” Just Sayin’ “

    • Geraldine Lucescu
  • Designer Necklaces

    Teething can be so unpleasant for both babies and parents. Amber teething necklaces, pointing out that they can break into small parts and pose a choking hazard to young children.


    We have had hundreds of parents who, like you, were skeptical about the benefits of our hazelwood and amber teething necklaces, until they tried them. These necklaces can really have some amazing results.

  • Alan

    So these necklaces release salicylate which is absorbed thru the skin. Any idea how much is absorbed? Any side effects that a parent should be concerned about like Reyes syndrome??

  • lilchamp

    Zero chance of strangulation? What if the baby falls asleep in a car seat with their head tilted forward (as they so often do) and the necklace is putting preasure on the babys throat? I’ve heard of infancts suffocating sleeping like that without the necklace. I’d much rather deal with my baby having a fever and rash than have to make funeral arrangments!!!!!!!!!

    • Lucydoodaa

      If a baby suffocated with their heads tilted forward then the harness was put on wrong and way too close to the child’s neck and that’s what caused the baby to stop breathing. Also, did you bother to read the article or have you ever even seen one of these necklaces? They have pressure clasps that are made of plastic, meaning any amount of pressure and the necklace comes apart, quite easily. Stop spreading stupid rumors that you heard from a friend from a friend from a friend that saw it written on a picture on facebook, all you’re doing is adding to the mass dumbing down of society. Cite one valid reference where a healthy child suffocated from having their head slumped forward and I will send you 500 dollars.

      • Mandy Lentz
      • bushwah

        It’s called positional asphyxia. You can google it.

        I’ve done it for you. Maybe pay attention to what the persony you are insulting said — it had nothing to do with the clasp of the necklace, it was about the child’s head slumping onto the necklace which then may be pressed against the airway. And resist the urge to lob rude insults at people concerned about children’s well-being and not actually persuaded by “magic”.

        What is positional asphyxia?

        Positional asphyxia can occur when the airway of an infant becomes
        obstructed due to an abnormal position of the baby’s neck or body. A
        baby’s airway is very soft. Because of this, when the baby’s neck is
        bent too far onto the chest, too far back, or too far to the side, the
        airway can become compressed making it harder for the baby to breath.
        Infants aged one year and younger are especially susceptible due to
        their lack of head and neck control. In many reports infants placed in
        an unsafe sleep environment are at the highest risk; however positional
        asphyxia can also occur anytime the infant’s neck is not properly
        positioned and the baby is not appropriately monitored.

        “Babies positioned correctly should have their chin up, with nose and
        mouth free of any type of obstruction at all times,” said Eileen
        Tyrala, M.D., a general pediatrician at St. Christopher’s Hospital for
        Children in Philadelphia. “Infants are especially at risk for positional
        asphyxia, and parents should frequently check their baby’s head and
        neck position to ensure they are correctly positioned.”

    • Fiona

      A baby cannot get enough oxygen with its head tilted forward ( chin against chest ) regardless. Necklace or no necklace. That is why we no longer tell parents to toll receiving blankets to protect the child in the car seats. In the event if a car accident the rolled blankets could roll behind the child’s neck and cause the head to tilt against the chest which reduces the intake if oxygen resulting in suffocation/ death.

  • Tamara

    are you for real dude (Jack)? go back to the 1800’s and burn a witch. y

    • Lori Hart

      Hey now some witches might take offense to that remark, and as I am a witch I kinda do

  • Melis

    Can u get a replacement plastic screw?? I lost mine

  • christine

    do you realize one bead is all they need to choke on?

    • TeeArrr

      Do you realize that the beads are 1/4 the size of your pinky finger nail, cheerios are bigger if you’re having difficulty imagining the size.

      • Jay

        Yes, but Cheerios are not hard like a bead. Also, unless the child inhaled a Cheerio, the Cheerio was likely in the child’s mouth first, and thus soggy, and soggy Cheerio means that it is easier to cough up and is HIGHLY unlikely to cause an obstruction. A hard bead can very easily become a choking hazard. Babies have small airways, and if the bead is lodged in a lung (remember that the trachea branches off into smaller cartilaginous tubes) the bead will likely need to be removed via surgery.

  • SnoZ

    Bought one for my 3 yo who is recently diagnosed non verbal autism. Since wearing has been significantly less agitated and thus less use of Tylenol/Advil which use to use when very agitated because always unsure as to what was really bothering her. Also it is first piece of jewellery she has not been bothered by, it’s as if not even on, she knows its there but doesn’t try to take off. Wish I had discovered earlier and any future baby I will get from them start. A great natural remedy that is unevaisive.

  • Fiona

    As an naturopathic doctor I don’t mind the amber necklaces. I have seen worse thing put on babies. It’s a wonderful and very safe accessory and teething aid IF used properly like anything else. It’s much safer than drugging up the poor child.

  • ambersonata

    bought amber teething bracelet, I hope it helps

  • Samantha

    What size would be best for a little princess 4 months and will be up in size??? I don’t want to buy one to big that she will tug at it? Will an 11inch do just fine? Thanks for the info, it sure did convince me..
    Samantha :)

    • SnugBug

      Hi Samantha, You should be fine with the 11 inch.

  • Catalina

    I love this necklace so much, my daughter doesn’t even notice she has it on. I believe this necklace has help her so much so that we didn’t even know her teeth were popping through until they actually showed up. I also knowa feww mommy’s and daddy’s that will stand by it. Make sure you het the right size. Im very happy i got it and I would recommend to any mom and dad. Then, again use your best judgment just dont turn it down so hard without any knowledge

  • Teething Necklace

    No they do work, as can be seen on, the reviews from mothers can answer the questions on whether they are a helpful or not

    • Jacob Reid

      Anecdotes are not evidence. There is no causal link… Sure sometimes it may seem to work, but when there is zero controls it means nothing and is merely coincidence. This is a logical fallacy that those who think critically will recognize as post hoc ergo proctor hoc.

      I could sell a granola bar with the claim that eating it will make it so you get more green lights on your morning commute. I could hand out samples, and to some people, it would seem that they had more green lights and I could collect a lot of positive reviews. If you do “A” and ” B” happens, without an established causal link you cant possibly say that “A” CAUSES “B”.

      Put this one in the bin along with every other snake oil that fails to stand up to scientific testing… Or even logic in general.

  • Stephen

    This is total bullshit sold to gullible people. MAGIC isn’t real and it’s a choking hazard. Jeeze.

  • Shirl

    My husbands has been suffering from headaches and tight neck muscles from a vehicle accident, do you think this would be beneficial for pain relief as well?

  • Linda

    I’ve just bought my daughter a teething necklace for her 5 month old little son, and did a lot of research prior to buying it. The British Government Health Department is advising people against using amber necklaces due to the serious risk of choking (which they would only do if there have been serious incidents). I finally bought a Lily Bear silicone/silk necklace which is sterilisable, and which both she and the baby love.

  • dan

    This is shameful promotion of pseudo-science, and voodoo. You should be take this down before you kill a child in the worst case, waste money in the best case.

    • Patti
      • Patti

        And this was the comment that went with the picture:

        “Genuine baby sized Amber teething necklace on 21 month old”

        This is a warning to all my mummy friends. I am feeling so lucky to still have my beautiful girl smiling at me today.

        For the last 9 months Ellie has worn a amber teething necklace pretty much 24/7 and I swore by them, it really worked for her. I thought she was old enough, there was no hazards in her cot. She would be safe and fine right? and it worked..

        This morning I went in to check on her because she was sleeping longer than normal and my mummy worry kicked in enough to check.

        I found her with her arm looped through her necklace near her shoulder. How she got her arm through to that point I will never know. I undid it she thankfully roused straight away and is fine. But if the pressure on her neck had been in a slightly different point.. It’s unimaginable.

  • Susan

    These would be better with a magnetic clasp as it still is a choking hazard if it is caught on something for example a crib especially if the child doesn’t weigh much! I made my daughter change hers! One dead baby is one too many!

  • Benoit Aubin

    Sounds hoky to me!

  • Jacob Reid

    Without control studies all of you saying these things work is just post hoc ergo proctor hoc. No studies have ever shown any benefits to Amber or succinic acid for any baby ailments, period. Also, disturbingly, vert little study has been done on the safety of exposure to succinic acid, let alone in infants. Appeals to tradition are illogical by definition. For centuries tobacco was used as medicine for countless ailments, yet it would be foolish tonlight up a cigarette to ward off the sniffles, given what we know today.

    Regardless: These necklaces are unregulated. It is highly unlikely any succinic acid is absorbed into the babies skin, however even if that were the case, how much is too much? How is the dosage of this chemical controlled? And come on people… A necklace, with BEADS on an infant? I don’t care what safety features they have, things go wrong, why risk it for something so unlikely to actually help? Even if you have it knotted after every bead, if the necklace breaks, at LEAST one bead will be loose, and that’s all it takes.

    I understand it is tough seeing your child suffer, and suffering along with them too… But think about this logically… Please.

    • bushwah

      Haha, that’s the one – post hoc ergo proctor hoc.

      My dog barked.
      It rained.
      My dog can make it rain.

      I was going to go wiki-ing because the name of the fallacy was not springing to mind. 😉

      Wiki puts it:

      The rooster crows immediately before sunrise;
      therefore the rooster causes the sun to rise.

      Well, the rooster probably thinks it does.

      Concerning the lack of regulation:

      And because the necklaces are produced and sold by smaller vendors, the lack of manufacturing standards makes it impossible to guarantee that any safety clasps will come apart as intended if the necklace becomes caught on anything, increasing the potential for strangulation.

      My government, eminently sensibly, has said:

      Necklaces for Preventing or Reducing Teething Pain

      Young children can be seriously injured by necklaces marketed and sold with the intention of preventing or reducing teething pain. Pieces can detach from the necklaces, leading to potential choking hazards, and there is a risk of strangulation. Parents and caregivers should avoid using these necklaces.


      The necklaces can potentially release small pieces, posing a choking risk to young children.

      There is a potential risk of strangulation if the necklace catches on pieces of furniture, hooks, or other objects.

      Never place a necklace, string, ribbon or chain of any kind on a child under three years of age. Keeping these items away from children will help prevent the risk of strangulation or choking.


      Who on earth intentionally takes risks with their children’s lives?

  • Anonymous

    I have to say… as an RN at SickKids, we do unfortunately see choking and choking deaths in children using both amber necklaces as well as amber bracelets. Albeit not too common, they do happen several times per year. I understand that parents want to reduce the pain and discomfort involved with teething, but there are safer alternatives that do not put your child at risk of choking. Please consider this if you’re thinking of or are using amber jewelry. I know the parents of the children who have died or suffered from choking on amber jewelry would agree. Think of the guilt you would feel should this happen to your child. All from a preventable cause that you, their parent, imposed on your child.

  • Cassia

    I see both sides when it comes to the risks of wearing the necklace. As parents, we’re going to do what we think is best for our children, and too many people cross the line by trying to tell us differently. What I have an issue with is people calling this kind of healing ‘magic’ or ‘hocus pocus’. It’s called energy medicine and has been in existence for thousands of years, way before allopathic medicine. One of the reasons there aren’t enough studies or scientific evidence on energy medicine is that there is no funding for it. We need to keep in mind that often times it’s pharmaceutical companies paying scientists to ‘perform studies’ and thus results are often skewed. There are a lot of studies out there on so many things, but you really need to read between the lines, because a lot of important information is usually omitted. Allopathic medicine really should be called ‘alternative’ as it’s newer than energy medicine, homoeopathy, herbal etc, but unfortunately we live in a world brainwashed by companies who put a price tag on our health, and often do more harm than good. So please, just do your own research and keep an open mind before passing judgement on others.

  • Amber Buddy

    Hi Lydia How can I find it easily?
    teething necklaces

  • Amber Buddy

    Thank you to post this article. This is really useful for me.

  • Michelle

    I have read all of the posts below and it inspired further reading. Health Canada and the equivalent organization in Australia have issued warnings against the necklaces. They pose choking and strangulation risks to infants and young toddlers. There are concerns that even if placed on the ankle (maybe, especially so), they can end up in the mouth where they pose a safety concern. It is actually shocking to me that they are still sold in stores. There is also no proof they work. The potentially helpful compound in the amber needs to reach over 200C to come out of the stone. It is not going to happen against a baby’s neck. Sure jewellery looks cute, but it is not worth the risk. Steer clear of the anecdotes, and stick with teething toys, frozen washcloths, and approved pain relief if needed.

  • Emily

    Is there an age too young? My daughter is just 3 mths old and chewing her fingers like crazy.

  • Kayla

    Can I use Tylenol while my daughter wears her Amber Teething Necklace? I
    took it off for the time being. TIA Please email me.

    • Kayla

      IDK how to use this site so the email would be greatly appreciated.

  • Baltic Amber Jewellery

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  • Baltic Amber Jewellery

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  • Lucy

    I work in a store that sells these necklaces and was skeptical. However, after multiple parents have returned singing the praises of these necklaces (especially ones that started as non believers), i am definitely now a fan. Great information on this site. Thank you and good riddance to the trolls out there!

  • Emmanuel

    The statement that contain succinic acid is a natural anti-inflammatory is not entirely scientifically proven. This site Notes that the only Journal to prove this is a Russian one where they demonstrated the anti-inflammatory potential of 44 different types of succinic acids