Ah, teething. You and I have a love/hate relationship. I loved you when baby girl was around 3 months and I could choose cute bibs that matched her outfit to collect her drool. I hated you at around 7 months when baby girl would chomp down while nursing. Ouch.
It was at this time that I noticed several babies, boys and girls, wearing an orange/yellow beaded necklace. I started thinking it must be some cool baby fashion accessory that I was unaware of. I was intrigued. One day I asked a friend what the necklace was for and she replied, “It’s an amber teething necklace and it’s saved us from the pain of teething.”
So, I googled it. And this is what I found on Amazon- “A Baltic amber teething necklace is made for wearing (not chewing) when a baby is teething. The warmth from the skin releases the active ingredient in the Baltic amber, succinic acid. Recent scientific research has proved that succinic acid has a very positive influence on the human body. It improves immunity and the balance of acids when absorbed into the bloodstream; it stimulates the thyroid glands to help reduce drooling and soothes red inflamed cheeks.”
Did I believe it? Not so much. But baby girl seemed so uncomfortable that I decided to give it a go.
The necklaces come in various lengths for children, from 10.5 inches to 15 inches and with different colored beads. They are completely polished and round so they do not nip at baby’s skin. A good retailer will ensure that they are made with strong string that won’t break easily, and a knot between each bead which allows the rest of the beads to stay in place should the necklace somehow tear. I have since found out that they also come in anklet form if you are concerned about putting a necklace on a baby. The necklace should be taken off at night and in the water, and supervision must be maintained at all times for any child wearing one.
I found a local retailer who sold them and decided to buy baby girl a longer one at 13 inches with multi-colored beads. The sales assistant reminded me to make sure it stays under her clothes against her skin.
Over the next few days, I noticed a big difference in the gnawing and biting. Baby girl was more at ease! I could nurse in peace! Our baby books were now being tasted as opposed to chewed to death. Even my ever-so-skeptical mother noticed the difference and always ensured to put the necklace on baby girl in the mornings. My baby was much calmer and happier, and this made me a new believer. She is still wearing the necklace at 13 months. The only time we have trouble with teething now is at night when she does not wear it, and her molars (yes, plural) have popped through so nighttime nursing becomes very frequent.
The necklace may not work for all children, however, I would definitely recommend it to those parents who are looking for an alternative way to seek relief from the difficult teething phase.
You can find Amber Teething Necklaces online at www.inspiredbyfinn.com or at baby boutiques for $23.95 and upwards