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Mary Cullen

An Educator has a baby in care whose religious beliefs are for the child to wear a necklace and doesn't want the educator to remove it. What is your advice according to safe sleep practices?

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Posted a response on 29/1/20

Red Nose Education

Following an incident in relation to teething necklaces in 2011 there was a Consumer Protection Notice issued from ACCC - Product Safety which included the following:

Always supervise their infant child when wearing the necklace or bracelet
Remove the necklace or bracelet when their child is asleep or unattended

Red Nose (& other child safety organizations) promotes this warning in relation to anything that is around a baby or childs neck & has the following information.

Red Nose does not recommend placing anything around the neck of a sleeping baby as this could tighten during sleep and make breathing difficult and may even strangle baby. Furthermore, strings of beads could break and individual beads could end up in a baby’s mouth, presenting a choking hazard.

  always supervise the infant when wearing the necklace or bracelet
  remove the necklace or bracelet when the infant is unattended, even if it is only for a short period of time
  remove the necklace or bracelet while the infant sleeps at day or night not allow the infant to mouth or chew the necklace or bracelet

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