Amber teething necklace causes babies death.

This has been posted as fact on many pages and forums, some of which should really do their homework better (“Melbourne Baby Show” 1st March 2013).

The story (one such that we found pictured below) goes that a baby died from SIDS and the coroner blamed an amber teething necklace. Where to begin?amber_bracelet_SIDS

The U.S National Library of Medicine describes SIDS as, “Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is the unexpected, sudden death of a child under age 1 in which an autopsy does not show an explainable cause of death.” So the fact that a “coroner” has found the cause to be the bracelet starts the alarm bells.

Further research offers no credible evidence to support the claim. However, in 2011 the Australian Government did issue a warning about the safety of certain amber bracelets and necklaces after the ACCC found that they “could break into small parts and present a choking hazard.”

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