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Are Baby Teething Necklaces Safe for Infants?

Baby teething necklaces can be safe if parents take precautions, says Dr. Robert Boughan, who specializes in internal medicine and pediatrics at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore. The necklace should only go around the mother's or father's neck, but never the infant's, due to the risk of strangulation, he says. In addition, it is best if the individual beads of the teething necklace are each large enough that they would not pose a choking hazard if the string were to break. “Products with large, flat beads are best as these could not pose a choking hazard if the item was damaged,” says Boughan.

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