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A five month old baby, at our house, means teething! Big Sis got her first tooth in at five-and-a-half months, which I suppose is on the early side of normal. And since Little Sis started drooling just a bit earlier than Big Sis did, I am thinking surely there’s a tooth about to pop up!
(Not that drooling necessarily means teething… But in reality, isn’t the whole first year, maybe even two, all about teething? Teething is my go-to explanation for any behavior out of the ordinary. Random wake up in the middle of the night? Teething. Sudden tears? Teething. Not napping as usual? Teething. My mom friends and I joke about teething being the reason for just about any issue! But I digress…)
Five months at our house is the prime time to pull out that amber teething necklace! I was thrilled to be sent a new necklace and bracelet by Amber for Babies. Having a bracelet, in addition to a necklace, is awesome, in my opinion, because you can put the bracelet on the baby’s ankle, underneath their pajamas. A common concern I hear from other moms is the possibility of the baby choking due to wearing the necklace during night and naps. This is a personal decision. I did let my oldest sleep in her teething necklace when teeth were coming in. Usually she wore it at naps but not at night. In the morning, I would always put the necklace back on her, and if she had been fussy at all, I did notice that she calmed down. The plus to the necklace is that it is closer to the site of teething pain and probably more helpful for relieving pain. However, I prefer an anklet (termed a bracelet, on their website) for sleep. I am excited to have both a necklace and an anklet this round!
When Lilleigh was teething, I shared with you all why I love amber teething necklaces. Despite my review, I still hear skepticism from some of you. So now I present to you the philosophy behind amber teething necklaces.
How amber teething necklaces work
Amber, the majority of which is found in the Baltic region, is formed from tree resin that over time becomes amber. Succinic acid is present in authentic amber and is said to be the active ingredient in amber’s therapeutic use.
Amber has been used in folk medicine for its healing properties. It is reported to have anti-inflammatory properties, as well analgesic properties. When amber is worn against the warm skin, it is said to release the succinic acid into the blood stream that calms and relieves pain. These necklaces are NOT to be chewed on. The relief comes just from wearing them against baby’s skin!
I’m a believer
Let me address the skeptics’ concerns first. Putting necklaces on babies? I know, I know. But here’s the deal – the necklaces are carefully stringed together with individual knots between each bead, meaning if the necklace were to somehow break, only one bead would break free, rather than the whole strand. Additionally, most of these amber necklaces are short enough that the risk of the necklace catching on something is slim, in my experience.
Some skeptics also point to a lack of scientific evidence for amber necklaces reducing teething pain. Personally, I don’t need a scientific study to tell me something works or doesn’t. The main reason I’m a believer in amber necklaces is my own experience, as well as the testimonials of fellow mommas. Like I said before, with my oldest, though she wasn’t a miserable teether, there was a noticeable difference in her temperament many times throughout her teething phase when she had the necklace on versus off. I chose not to keep it on her at night when she was asleep. (I feel I should advise you all of the same. I know I mentioned naps, but do as I say, not as I do. No sleeping in the necklaces. Use the anklets!) Some mornings, after hours of not wearing the necklace, Lilleigh would wake up fussy, which I attributed to her erupting teeth. When I put the amber necklace on her, she seemed to pep up to her happy self shortly after. Many moms have similar testimonials and swear by these necklaces. My mother-in-law even order an adult-size amber bracelet to help with her arthritis and loves it!
My personal thought is science, shmience. If it works for others, I’m glad to give it a try! And now that I have, I love it! Don’t knock it till you try it.
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