Curious about amber bite chains? If you didn’t know, those tiny orange beads that you sometimes see around chunky baby necks aren’t just a fashion statement. They are actually amber colored necklaces for teething, a homeopathic remedy for teething. When your baby wears one of these necklaces, their body heat releases a tiny amount of oil. This oil contains succinic acidWhich some people say is a natural pain reliever that can help with teething.
Amber Teething Necklaces – What You Need To Know Before Buying!
If we’re honest, teething just sucks. Sometimes it can feel like it stole your precious little baby and turned it into a monster. They drool all the time, barely sleep, and it may seem impossible to calm them down. There are a few medications that can help relieve their pain, but teething takes so long that you may not want to give your baby medication all the time.
As for the natural pain relief options, it pretty much comes down to reducing potential inflammation, which is exactly what the teething amber necklace is designed to do. You may be wondering how this could possibly be natural. That’s because the amber in the necklace actually comes from the petrified resin of conifers. These trees thrive in cold climates and so this type of amber has been used as a pain reliever in Baltic countries like Poland for centuries.
Baltic amber contains succinic acid and when worn on the skin heats up and releases oils that are absorbed into the bloodstream, which in turn relieves pain. It is said that succinic acid is not only calming, but also rich in antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and immune boosting.
While amber tooth chains are a new trend for parents here in the states, they are an old tradition in many other countries.
Are you sure?
Despite their long history of use, it is very important to note that the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that babies DO NOT wear jewelry as it poses a strangulation and choking hazard. For this reason, we also recommend not to use amber tooth chains.
Here are some other important things to keep in mind for safety:
- Not every amber has healing properties, it has to be Baltic amber which is also known as succinite, but you cannot know what is in your baby’s teething chain as it is not regulated by the FDA.
- Although they look like they make a great chew toy, amber necklaces are not intended for chewing. It is impossible to keep a 100% eye on your child and there is a risk that they will chew and choke on their necklace.
- You are unsafe while napping and sleeping as they pose a strangulation hazard.
Safe alternatives to amber teething necklaces
There are many different ways to soothe baby’s sore gums. Some methods we recommend are listed below!
Tie a knot on the end of a damp washcloth and place it in the freezer. Then give it to your baby to gnaw!
Plastic and rubber toys are great options for soothing your baby’s sore gums. Check out our favorite teething toys here!
Put a teether in the refrigerator. Your baby will enjoy chewing on the cooled ring. However, avoid freezing teething rings; they are too tough for kids.
Milk ice cream on a stick
Find a BPA-free popsicle mold, fill it with breast milk and you have a milk popsicle! Your baby can suck on the popsicle for cooling relief. This is a really great option if you’ve noticed your little one is having trouble feeding because of the pain.
A light, gentle gum massage can give your little one some relief. Be sure to wash your hands, then use your fingertip to massage the sores in your baby’s mouth.
If your baby is having a really rough time, ask your pediatrician about a dose of Tylenol.
* Disclosure – Notices on this website are for entertainment purposes. Please consult your pediatrician before making a decision.
What methods have helped calm your teething baby?
frequently asked Questions
Do amber pearls really help with teething?
There is no scientific evidence that amber tooth chains have any effect on teething.
Are Amber Teeth Chains Safe For Babies?
No, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that babies DO NOT wear jewelry as it poses a risk of strangulation and suffocation.
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