Teething Necklaces: Do They Work?
The idea that Amber necklaces are useful for teething children is not new. Even before World War II children in Germany were given Amber beads to wear. It was thought that children wearing these beads can grow stronger and teethe with significantly less pain. Some book authors also mention that children in Lithuania many years ago had their teeth even massaged with Amber in order to minimize pain associated with teething.
Today necklaces made of Baltic Amber beads are still very popular for this purpose and it can be said their popularity is even growing. It is not very surprising since more and more parents are looking for natural remedies that would minimize the need to use drugs or other medications. One of the most commonly mentioned explanations why Amber is advantageous for teething children is because it contains high amounts of Succinic Acid. Warmth from the skin causes this healing oil to be released from Amber into the bloodstream, which is what provides babies with pain relief and calming effect.
Based on toxicity studies this acid is completely safe and even high amounts of it will not cause any dangers to health. Before considering trying Amber jewelry (necklace, anklet or bracelet) for teething purposes it is important to keep in mind that there is no scientific evidence that would support or fully reject its effectiveness. However since many parents leave very positive reviews about these necklaces and bracelets it is definitely worthwhile to give them a try.
How to choose the most effective Teething Necklace?
When choosing teething necklace for a baby it is important to make sure that it is made of Baltic Amber beads. This is essential tip to follow because other types of Amber doesn’t contain that much Succinic Acid. Based on research Baltic Amber might contain between 3% to 8 % of this acid by its weight, which makes it one of the best natural sources of Succinic Acid. Since this acid is what provides teething babies with pain relief it is worthwhile to make sure that necklace has as much of it as possible. It is not too difficult to identify authentic necklace made from Baltic Amber beads before buying it since most reputable sellers have certificates.
The other criteria to pay attention to is price of a jewelry. If the price of bracelet or necklace is way lower than most other competitors it might mean that it is made from Amber, which is either reconstructed or pressed. Also as with any jewelry purchased online it is worthwhile to pay attention to other peoples reviews if they are available. Alternatively you can also check if your baby necklace or bracelet is made of real Amber once you already have it. There are different tests that can be done on Amber beads, which will help to determine if it’s made of real or fake material.
Are They Safe?
Most makers of Amber baby necklaces do what they can to ensure maximum safety for children who wears them. Despite that it is important to supervise children at all times when they wear them to avoid any accidents. Due to this it is best to remove Amber jewelry from a baby when she/he is sleeping. All quality teething necklaces on the market today have their Amber beads knotted from both sides. This guarantees that in case a necklace is broken only one bead will be able to fall off and your child will not be surrounded by tons of beads. Nevertheless it is worthwhile to mention that these necklaces are not very easily broken so a child would need to have a lot of force to do that. So when buying Amber teething jewelry make sure that it has beads knotted from both sides.
It is also worthwhile to mention that teething necklaces might have two main types of clasps (Pop-up or with a screw). Both of them have their own benefits and drawbacks so there is no clear answer, which one is better and safer. As the name suggest Pop-up clasps make necklaces made of Amber pop off easily when a pressure is applied. So in case a necklace will become caught on something it will pop off quickly and will not pose a strangling hazard. Necklaces with screw clasps require more force to be taken of so there is very little possibility that a child will be able to take it off on his/her own. So to conclude this it can be said that Amber necklaces are safe; however they should be treated as any jewelry and children shouldn’t wear them without adult supervision.
Please note that this article on Amber Teething Necklaces was only written for informational purposes and it should not be used as a replacement for medical treatment.