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What Is An Amber Teething Necklace?
You may think that these cool little teething necklaces are some new fad but in Europe we’ve been using amber, a hardened tree resin, for its health benefits for centuries. When amber is gently warmed by the skin it releases succinic acid, a natural pain reliever, anti-inflammatory and immune system booster.
When worn by your baby as a necklace, bracelet or anklet, the succinic acid is absorbed into the skin, enters the blood stream and is said to take effect within a couple of hours, although it can take up to two days to see a difference. The beads help relieve the pain of teething, reduce drooling and fussiness, and have baby back to her sunny self in no time.
The amazingly positive effect that succinic acid has on the human body has been researched and proven by the Nobel Prize-winning scientist, Robert Koch, who studied it closely in the late 19th century. That’s great news for parents who prefer to use natural, non-toxic remedies on their kids, rather than pharmaceuticals.
Baltic Wonder was establish in 2013 with the goal of helping parents help their babies through the difficult time of teething. They are based in Florida but source all their amber from Lithuania, on the Baltic Sea. The amber must be genuine for it to work. Only genuine amber has succinic acid. Lithuania is the best place in the world to source genuine amber. Baltic Wonder only use authentic Baltic amber in their products. Beware of fakes.
The necklace is 33cm long. Each bead is individually knotted so that if it does break the whole lot won’t come loose. It has a screw clasp to fasten it. It can be used from 3 months to 3 years old, although many kids keep wearing them longer as they still have benefits.
You can choose polished or raw beads, both have succinic acid so it’s just a question of personal taste. There are six colour options: polished cognac, polished honey, polished multi-colour, raw honey colour, raw cherry, and raw multi-colour.
The beads are easy to clean. Simply wipe them over with a soft cloth dipped in warm water. You can polish them up with a little olive oil, just wipe off the excess.
The necklace comes packaged in a little drawstring pouch, inside a pretty little box. It looks great. The company also provide a Certificate of Authenticity, and a 1 year guarantee.
Are Amber Teething Necklaces Safe?
These necklaces are made to be worn against the skin. Although they are non-toxic, you shouldn’t let your baby chew on them as this poses a choking hazard. The necklace should only be worn when baby is awake and being supervised. Don’t let baby sleep in the necklace. As long as you follow these safety guidelines there isn’t a problem. However, the FDA have issued a warning about all types of treatment for teething, including teething jewellery.
How To Know It’s Genuine Amber
One of the easiest ways to tell if you have a genuine piece of amber is to burn it. If it smells like pine then it’s the real deal. If you’d rather not burn your necklace, no thanks, then there are a few other ways to test. Rubbing it in the palms for your hands should generate enough heat to release the pine smell. Or you can drop it into salt water and see it it floats. If it does it’s genuine. You should be able to distinguish real amber from fakes by the way it feels. Real amber is lightweight, a little bit soft and warm to the touch.
The Pros & Cons
- They are natural and non-toxic
- They are said to relieve the symptoms of teething
- They look cool
- They are not scientifically proven to work
- If used incorrectly they could be unsafe
I bought the cognac version for my son and I have to say I absolutely love it. It’s difficult to be sure how well something like this works. But I can say that my son had all his teeth, apart from the four back molars, by the age of 15 months and teething never seemed to be an issue for him.
I started putting the necklace on him when he was about 6 months old. Before that he just looked too small for it. He forgot he was wearing it pretty much as soon as I put it on, and now he’s used to wearing it everyday. He never makes a fuss about it or pulls it about. It’s just a part of his getting dressed routine now.
Could he just be one of those really lucky kids that doesn’t suffer when teething?
He could be.
Maybe he’s just got a really high pain threshold.
Or it could be that these teething necklaces really do work?
I think they do.