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?
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