Posted on 20 May 2017
Teething typically happens when your child is around six months of age, however, it could begin any time between three months and one year of age. As your child reaches three years of age, they’ll have an initial set of 20 teeth. Unfortunately, the teething process can painful as a result of gum soreness and swelling, symptoms that show up a few days before the tooth appears. As soon as it breaks through the gum, the pain dissipates.
Because your child is in pain, they typically won’t want to eat and drink. They might also bite their fingers to relieve some of the pain. Your baby may also have a tendency to drool more causing a persistent rash on their face.
As a parent, what can you do to relieve the pain of this inevitable process? Some dentists recommend over-the-counter pain medication. However, those options aren’t always the safest route. Also, you should avoid the use of teething gel because it causes numbness, which can cause your baby to have difficulty swallowing. The gel also may contain medicine that affects your baby’s overall health and well-being.
Fortunately, there’s another teething remedy that is all-natural and will not negatively impact your child’s health. This solution is an amber teething necklace.
What is an amber teething necklace?
It’s a necklace made with Baltic amber beads. The beads contain succinic acid, which helps boost the immune system and contains anti-inflammatory properties. This is one of the reasons it’s a must-have item when you have a newborn going through the teething process.
What benefits your child will get by wearing this accessory?
Some babies experience the calming effects of the necklace after only a few hours of wearing it. However, other children may feel the effects after wearing it for a few days.
Because it doesn't contain harmful chemicals, you don’t have to worry about the adverse effects of pharmaceutical drugs. Instead, your baby will have full energy. They’ll also be more attentive and the Baltic amber will help them to avoid having a fever.
What’s more is that your baby will look more adorable while wearing it. Thanks to the stylish look of the necklace.
How do you wear it?
You must not allow your baby to wear the necklace unsupervised. Most children leave the necklace alone while wearing it, however, some babies will chew on the necklace. Therefore, it is important to remove the necklace form your child if you are leaving them unattended to prevent them from accidentally choking on the beads. Although the beads are safe because they don’t contain harmful chemicals, never allow your child to chew on it.
Is amber teething necklace safe to wear?
It won’t break as it’s attached or knotted by hand. If the necklace breaks, the remaining Amber beads won’t scatter.
As to how long your baby has to wear it, there’s no time limit. They can wear it as long as they want or need.
If your baby is sleeping, remove it as it may cause a choking hazard. As mentioned earlier, you must remove it if your child is left unattended even when it’s just a few minutes. It’s also not suitable for kids under 36 months of age.
When did the amber necklace trend start?
Many mommies approve of them. In fact, they swear by how effective the necklace is at decreasing their child’s discomfort. As mentioned earlier, the Baltic amber beads have succinic acid. The analgesic properties of succinic acid are released into the body when it rubs against the skin of the baby.
This necklace has increased in popularity in recent years, even though it has been around for centuries. With its popularity, some celebrity mothers have even purchased one for their babies.
The Succinic Acid
Also known as amber acid, succinic acid is popular in Europe and used as a natural antibiotic. For centuries, it’s been utilized as a general cure. Pure Baltic amber contains roughly 8% of succinic acid.
It’s also stated to activate the neural system recovery while it bolsters the immune system. Furthermore, it re-energizes your body and brain. Hence, it’s ideal for athletes who require a large amount of energy to practice and compete. Succinic acid can also boost awareness, which is why it has been added to some mental health supplements. Plus, it bolsters reflexes and alleviates stress.
Ancient Europeans knew that Baltic amber had healing abilities even before antibiotics had been discovered. They utilized it as an antibacterial. With the recent discovery of succinic acid’s properties as a way to fight bacterial infection, it does validate what early Europeans already knew about this acid.
During the ancient times, people wore bracelets and necklaces that were made of Baltic amber found on the shores of the Baltic Sea. Apart from making Amber as beads and used them as necklaces, they also produced medicines from them. They even applied the oils to their body to slow down the aging process. Furthermore, the amber oils were burned to ward off flies and other insects, while simultaneously disinfecting the air.
Today, some people use amber incense for aromatherapy purposes. The smoke caused by the burning of amber is also used to treat people for suffering from various diseases by working to revive their energy.
How to Avoid Buying Counterfeit Amber
Baltic amber can easily be faked. With that said, if you purchase a teething necklace from a company that claims it is made from Baltic amber, but it does not provide health benefits to your baby, it’s probably counterfeit.
One of the ways to ensure that what you have is pure amber is to buy the jewelry from a reputable seller or a seller that provides a certificate of authenticity.
If you have purchased Baltic amber jewelry already and are unsure as to whether or not it’s authentic, you can test your necklace or bracelet by letting one of the bead touch a hot object, such as a heated needle. Authentic amber will emit a pinewood fragrance when hot. If you smell that fragrance then the necklace is made of authentic amber. However, if you only smell burning plastic, then it’s most likely made out of amber imitation plastic beads.
Another way to test your necklace’s authenticity is via the rubbing method. Rub the necklace against a soft cloth to initiate an electric charge. If you’re able to attract small pieces of paper like a magnet to the necklace, then it’s made of pure Amber.
You can also use the alcohol test. If the beads aren't pure amber, they’ll deteriorate when they touch a solvent.