When baby’s first tooth appears, it’s exciting, but it certainly doesn’t come quietly. The drooling, fussing, and long nights probably have you searching high and low for natural teething relief.
Enter amber teething necklaces. Many natural mamas swear by them, but do they work? Are they safe? Should you go ahead and purchase one? These were all questions that ran through my head when someone told me about them. I had never used an amber teething necklace with my other two kids, I just pounded them with motrin all the time and in turn, caused them to have the horrible stomach issue that they currently have. So with my new daughter, I really wanted to do things as natural as possible and only resort to using Motrin if she was sick and had a very high or dangerous fever.
What is an Amber Teething Necklace?
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 ease baby’s pain.
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 and, 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.
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 is also:
- immune boosting,
- and calming and soothing
Amber in its natural state remains popular to wear for everyone from babies to those suffering from arthritis for its pain relieving power.
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, gets absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream.
Amber teething necklaces aren’t meant to be chewed or gummed on for comfort.
They’re just meant to be worn while the baby is awake.Your baby can and will probably want to use other physical forms of teething relief like teething biscuits or a frozen washcloth.
When can my baby start using an Amber Teething Necklace?
Babies as young as two 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 the baby is 3 years old, when teething stops. But many little kids like to wear them long after that because they like the way they look.
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 the baby is more inclined to bite, play or get tangled in it.
- 3 months – 1 year old: 12 1/2 inches
- 1 year- 2 years old: 13 inches
- 2 years-6 years old: 14 inches
Can my baby wear an Amber Necklace while she 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.
It’s recommended, for safety reasons, that babies only wear an amber teething necklace during waking hours and while supervised, removing it during naps and sleep times. I wrap Maci’s necklace around her ankle and make sure its loose and she wears feet PJs so I know it won’t get tangled and cut off circulation.
How to find Real Baltic Amber Teething Necklaces
Do your research when purchasing an amber teething necklace because you’ll want to know that it’s made of genuine Baltic amber.
- Raw and unpolished so that the oils can easily escape the necklace and soothe your child’s gums.
- White, milky yellow, butter-colored, lemon yellow, or green in color. The traditional golden and darker colored beads are most likely cooked to enhance the color and may be less effective as a result.
- Speaking of color, some mamas say that the lighter the color, the more pain-relieving succinic acid it contains. That hasn’t been proven and there is a range of colors of amber, so as long as it’s genuine Baltic amber, it may provide healing benefits.
Most amber teething necklaces cost between $20-$30
We purchase ours from Baltic Essentials they use all genuine amber and are very affordable, plus they have lots of different styles for both girls and boys.
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 (the heat helps the oils to emerge again.) Your child can bathe with his/her necklace on, too. It’s best to take off before entering a chlorinated pool.
- Prepare a bowl of soapy water. Fill a bowl with lukewarm water and add a few drops of liquid soap into it. …
- Find a soft, clean cloth. Microfiber or flannel work best. …
- Wipe the cloth over the amber jewelry to remove any dirt. ..