- Teething is a process that begins any time when a baby is between three and twelve months old. It is a completely normal process; however, it tends to be painful because of gum soreness and swelling. When children are in pain, not only do they feel unpleasant, but they may also refuse to eat or drink, drool more often. Many parents wonder if there’s anything they can do to help their children and alleviate the pain. Some dentists suggest synthetic medicine, others say that teething gel is the key. However, the truth is that synthetic medication does not always help and can even be harmful while the gel may cause numbness which leads to difficulties swallowing. But there is a completely natural way to help your child and that is an amber teething necklace.
An amber teething necklace is a necklace made from Baltic amber beads. The beads contain oil called succinic acid which is famous for its various healing qualities, boosts the immune system, and contains anti-inflammatory properties. Therefore, it’s a perfect solution to the teething pain.
As mentioned before, the necklace helps to ease the pain and boosts the immune system. Moreover, amber does not contain any dangerous chemicals, so there is no need to worry about side effects. Furthermore, your child will be energetic and happy. Of course, there’s also the fact that the necklace will look adorable on the baby. Some children can feel the effects as soon as few hours after putting on the necklace. However, do keep in mind that it may take up to several days to see the results.
How to wear it?
First, you must keep an eye on your child and make sure the child does not try to chew or swallow the beads. While beads do not contain any chemicals, they are not meant for chewing. Remove the necklace if you are planning to the child unsupervised for some time.
Is it safe to wear?
Yes, but you must follow some rules. The necklace should be attached or knotted by hand, so it does not break so easily. There is no time limit on how long the baby can wear the necklace, but it must be removed when leaving the baby unattended or when putting them to sleep as the beads may cause a choking hazard. Moreover, the necklace is not suitable for babies under 36 months.
Start of the trend
Aber has been used for thousands of years, so teething necklaces are not a thing. However, it is only recently that they became a trend. A lot of mothers swear that this is the only effective and safe way to help babies with the teething process. Even some celebrity mothers have expressed their approval of amber teething necklaces.
The Succinic acid
Succinic acid (also known as amber acid) is a natural antibiotic and very popular in Europe. For many centuries it has been used as a cure for many illnesses. Pure Baltic amber contains roughly up to 8% of succinic acid. Moreover, it boosts the immune system, re-energizes the body and the brain eases anxiety and stress. This is why some mental health supplements contain succinic acid.
The healing qualities of Baltic amber have been known for centuries. In fact, ancient Europeans not only made necklaces and bracelets from amber beads but also produced medicine. Furthermore, they applied the oils to their bodies to slow down the aging process. Moreover, amber oils were burnt to chase away flies and at the same time cleansing the air. Nowadays people use amber incense for aromatherapy as the smoke helps to revive their energy.
How to spot fake amber
Baltic amber is very popular and that is why many people try to sell fakes as genuine amber. If you bought amber and it never showed any of the aforementioned healing qualities, then it is fake. To avoid that always buy your amber beads from reputable sellers who provide certificates of authenticity. You can check your beads by letting one bead touch a hot object, such as a heated needle. If your bead is authentic, it will emit a pinewood fragrance when hot. But if you can smell only burning plastic, then your amber is fake and most likely was made from plastic. Another method is rubbing. Rub the beads against any soft cloth to initiate an electric charge. If afterward your beads can attract small pieces of paper, then you own genuine amber. And finally, you can use alcohol as genuine beads do not deteriorate after touching a solvent.