The two biggest questions I get when people ask about amber are:
- Does it work?
- Is it safe?
The answers to both are: Yes, when used correctly.
To use Baltic amber correctly you must follow a few simple guidelines. Several months ago, I posted a link about CPSC Standards, and what that meant exactly. Today our community was reminded why it was important use amber safely.
Aimee B wrote:
“He was climbing on the chairs and singing. He had a toy sword down the back of his shirt, like a ninja…Apparently he either slipped or jumped off one of the chairs. The sword was stopped by the chair and then the hilt caught on his necklace. He was hanging off the chair, unable to move, but fortunately could cry out in pain. I ran over to him, but I only saw the sword predicament. Not until I grabbed him did I see it was caught on his necklace and choking him! It made the mark on his neck in just those few seconds.”
Thankfully this little boy is ok. He and his mama were both a little shook up, but everybody was fine and nobody went to the hospital. This situation seems very very innocent and could have easily happened to anybody, myself included! To help prevent this type of situation in the future I decided to put together this list of Baltic Amber safety tips. Following these 3 simple guidelines will help keep everybody safe, and could prevent disaster in your home.
- The amber should never be able to reach babies mouth. Baltic amber is not a chew toy. While it does TREAT the symptoms of teething, it is not meant to be a teether. If you are looking for something for baby to chew on please consider a silicone or wooden teether or teething/nursing necklace. While they are small some parents will wrap the amber around an ankle and cover with a sock to keep it from babies mouths.
- Amber should not be left on a baby unattended. Some people do chose to leave amber on their children 24/7, but this is really not a recommended safe practice. Amber, like any other jewelry, should be removed before bedtime or bathtime.
- Amber should be CPSC certified. Yes there is such a thing as a CPSC certified amber. To qualify for certification there are guidelines that must be met. Clasps must break away at 15lbs of force, or less to reduce a strangulation hazard, and amber beads must be individually knotted to prevent choking. To date there is only one company on the market that meets these guidelines, Canada based Healing Hazel.