ABOUT AMBER TEETHING NECKLACES
Many mamas swear by amber teething necklaces, but do they work? Are they safe? What kind of amber teething necklace should you buy for your baby? Find out now.Amber teething necklaces are designed to be worn by babies when they are teething. The common belief is that the child’s body heats the amber, causing it to release oils containing succinic acid. The succinic acid, in theory, gets absorbed into the bloodstream, helping to easy baby’s pain.
It’s so exciting when baby’s first tooth appears, but it certainly doesn’t come quietly. The drooling, fussing, and long nights have many parents searching high and low for natural teething relief.
Nearly all amber teething necklaces are made from Baltic Amber, which is fossilized resin from the sap of conifer trees. It originates in the dark, cold forests of the Baltic region; by some accounts, Baltic amber is over 44 million years old.
The Baltic region is so well known for its amber deposits, they’re sometimes referred to as “Baltic gold.” Other forms of amber from other regions of the world also exist, though Baltic amber is known for having higher levels of succinic acid.
Baltic amber comes in a variety of colors, including white, yellow, brown, black, red, green, and blue. The kind you’ll most often find for teething necklaces is brown/orange and milky. Blue and green amber, caused by gas and inclusions, is rare and thus highly valuable—too valuable for teething necklaces.
So how exactly does succinic acid work in amber teething necklaces?
In theory, when placed around baby’s neck, Baltic amber warms up, causing it to release oils that contain succinic acid. The acid, in turn, is absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream.
Amber teething necklaces aren’t meant to be chewed or gummed on for comfort.
They’re simply meant to be worn around baby’s neck while baby is awake.
Your baby can and will probably want to use other physical forms of teething relief like teething biscuits, a frozen washcloth, or the types of teething necklaces made from silicone or wood that moms wear and babies can chew on.
Definitive scientific studies that show how much succinic acid is released from an amber teething necklace—and whether this amount is substantial enough to have an impact—do not exist.
Succinic acid safety
Succinic acid itself is considered safe by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), because it “occurs widely as a natural constituent of the plants and animals which are commonly used for human food.” Succinic acid received attention and testing from the FDA since it’s often added to ingestible products.
Baltic amber’s magic ingredient: succinic acid
The key component affiliated with Baltic amber’s healing properties is succinic acid, which accounts for 8% of its make-up.
Succinic acid is found in many vitamin supplements, heart medicine and topical creams for arthritis. Baltic Amber, in particular, is often found as an active ingredient in Chinese medicines. Baltic Amber necklaces are sold in pharmacies in many European and Asian countries.
That’s because succinic acid can be:
- immune boosting,
- calming and soothing
Amber in its natural state remains popular to wear for everyone from babies to adults suffering from arthritis due to its pain relieving potential.
How to use an amber teething necklace
- Fasten an appropriately sized necklace around baby’s neck (we recommend a “pop clasp” safety release)
- You may need to distract baby momentarily so baby forgets the necklace is there
- Leave the necklace alone; let the amber lay against baby’s skin
- Remove necklace during naps and at bedtime
- Never allow baby to wear amber necklaces unsupervised
- Enjoy the benefits that so many natural mamas attest to
When can my baby start using an amber teething necklace?
Babies as young as four months old can start wearing an amber teething necklace. It is actually recommended to start that young to get baby accustomed to wearing a necklace without biting or tugging at it.
Amber teething necklaces are usually worn until baby is 3 years old, when teething stops. But many kids like to wear them long after that because they like the way they look.
If you choose to use one of these necklaces, always supervise your child while he or she wears it.
How tight should the necklace be?
A good, standard length for an amber teething necklace is 32 centimeters or approximately 12.6 inches. This fit isn’t too tight to cause discomfort, but also not too long where baby is more inclined to bite, play, or get tangled in it.
Can my baby wear an amber necklace while she sleeps?
No. Remove the amber teething necklace while baby naps and sleeps.
This is probably the most asked question about amber teething necklaces, as parents are unsure if this is something that can be worn at all hours, even while baby sleeps.
For your child’s safety, only allow them to wear an amber teething necklace during waking hours and while supervised.
Could baby choke on an amber teething necklace?
Parents rightfully wonder if amber teething necklaces are a choking hazard, which is understandable given that it’s placed around baby’s neck.
As mentioned above, the necklace length should be at least 12 inches long so it’s not too tight and definitely not too long, both of which can be dangerous. The necklace also shouldn’t be worn while the baby sleeps or if the child is unattended.
Many amber teething necklaces feature breakaway closures (aka “pop clasps”) and double knotted beads to provide additional safety measures against strangulation and choking.
How to care for your amber teething necklace
Wash your necklace every month or so with gentle soap and let dry it in the sun. Your child can bathe with his/her necklace on, too. It’s best to take amber necklaces off before entering a chlorinated pool.
As an alternative, baby can also wear a bracelet version or the necklace wrapped around his wrist or ankle. Some parents have found that if the baby is wearing an amber necklace on his or her ankle, pulling a sock up over it keeps it out of sight so baby doesn’t tamper with it.
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