October 16, 2015
AUSTRALIA - The Australia Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) has issued information and alerts pertaining to the safety of teething necklace for babies. Designed to be worn as jewelry by the mother, the teething necklaces are made of silicone or other chewable material beads strung together and are advertised as suitable for babies to chew on.
The ACCC has noted the following concerns:
|Action of Unsupervised Child||ACCC Concern|
|Wearing a teething necklace||Risk of strangulation|
|Mouthing a teething necklace with a flexible thread||Necklaces made with small beads could be a choking hazard|
|Playing with the necklace and the thread breaks||Individual beads could be a choking hazard|
Teething necklaces are usually colorful and playful in design and can be confused with toys. Proper use and marketing should be emphasized with respect to these products to avoid accident.
Teething necklaces can be checked for safety under AS/NZS ISO 8124.1:2002.