Amber Teething Necklaces Are a Choking Hazard!

Amber necklaces are an extreme strangulation risk for young children. They have become almost common place among children in our practice. I am constantly reminding parents to take them off for fear of their young child choking on one of the beads or strangulating on the necklace itself. There is no proven benefit for the amber working against teething. I have 3 children and I use Tylenol or Motrin for pain relief from teething. Cold teething rings are also beneficial. The remainder of marketed items are, in my opinion, dangerous or ineffective. I found the following informative article in the New York Times. Please read for more information on amber teething necklaces.

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Drool, Yes. Fever, No

It’s 10 PM, your 8 month old is fussy and not sleeping well, and hasn’t been for the past 3 nights. You recall that she has been drooling more and putting everything into her mouth. As you are comforting her, you look in her mouth and see a glint of white in her bottom gum line. Is that a tooth? Is this what teething looks like?

The average age for a child to get her first tooth is between 6 and 9 months old, though it can occur earlier (3 months old) or later (12 to 15 months old). Teething symptoms are highly variable from one infant or toddler to the next and may include gum irritation, fussiness, and drooling. But fever is not one of them. So if your child has teething symptoms, but has a fever (temperature of 100.4 F/38 C or higher), the fever is not from teething. Why is that important? Because the fever could be a sign of an underlying illness or infection.

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