Why Amber Teething Necklaces Work and How to Choose The Right One

Teething can bring both children and parents to tears. The pain, inflammation, fever and myriad of other symptoms that make mothers everywhere scratch their heads and wonder, “Is it teething, or is it something else?” Most commonly caregivers use corn-syrup containing acetaminophen and benzocaine-filled numbing gels which may both be dangerous, especially for children under the age of two. The good news is that there’s a better, all-natural option.

How They Work

Raw amber teething necklaces have become increasingly popular for helping babies and toddlers deal with teething pain. Amber has been used throughout history in Europe as a natural remedy because of its healing properties. The healing agent is the succinic acid, which is absorbed through the skin when it’s warmed to body temperature–this happens naturally just by wearing the necklace. The succinic acid that is absorbed has natural analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties, which can help relieve pain, inflammation and reduce the drooling that accompanies teething. Raw, Baltic amber has some of the highest concentrations of succinic acid found in nature. Since it does have to be absorbed through the skin, putting it on every once in a while for short periods of time isn’t going to be as effective as if it’s worn for long periods of time.

How to Choose

Color and craftsmanship are important to think about when choosing a necklace. Even though it’s unusual for a well-made necklace to break, make sure each piece of amber is individually knotted; this will prevent pieces of amber from being scattered everywhere if it does break. Clasps with a pop clasp are a new option and are now the safest option available. These clasps have been tested to safety and will pop off under pressure to avoid strangulation. The necklace should be snug enough around the neck so they can’t reach the mouth – the best measurement is the two finger test ~ if you can get two fingers (one on top of the other) under the necklace then it is the right size. Some people think that the lighter the color of the stone, the more succinic acid it contains, but this has not been proven and if so it would only be minute.  What does hold true is that raw amber tends to be more beneficial than polished amber, as some of the succinic acid gets polished off of the bead.

Pediatricians typically recommend removing the necklace at night or during naps, but many parents feel comfortable leaving it on, or double wrapping it around the ankle during sleep, with a sock over it to help keep it in place directly on the skin. Amber is porous, so do not allow it to soak in water and remove it before apply lotions or oils. Use only lukewarm water and a soft cloth to clean it and avoid chlorinated or soapy water.

Jacqueline Banks is a certified Holistic Health Counselor focused on nutrition and green living strategies. She works with women in all stages of motherhood, from mothers struggling with conception, through pregnancy, lactation and beyond to ensure the best health and nutrition for both mother and baby. Visit her blog and website at JacquelineBanks.com

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