A necklace that helps with teething? I don’t believe it.

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.”

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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

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Ladan Rashidi, Managing Editor. Ladan is a British mother of three, who moved to California in 2008 to live with her husband. Born and raised in London, she has the very British sarcastic sense of humor. None of her previous workplaces prepared her for becoming a mother and having the three most demanding bosses in the world, but also the cutest.

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Tate
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Tried something like this for my little girl when she was teething and it worked well for her.

jessica l
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We swear by our amber necklace. took it off for one day and the drool and crankiness was back. planning on using one for our next child too. Bought mine on ebay from Lithuania, much cheaper and the same quality.

Ursula
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Myong, all my little grandchildren wear those, and they are almost miraculous. Seriously, no more drooling at all, and most of the time NO teething trouble. Only the most difficult teeth, or several at once will now be a problem.

Make sure you get them from a reputable source, like “Inspired by Finn”, or this website (I got a healing necklace through them, and it has made a big difference)
http://www.amberartisans.com/amberbracelets.html

Myong
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I’ve read about these and am still a little skeptical. My concern is that I’ve read about a lot of imposters. How would you know if you’re getting baltic amber and not just some polished rock?

Beth scoggin
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I agree! I was very skeptical but willing to try anything and it was amazing the difference in my son. My youngest now wears one. We do leave them on overnight though but theirs are very short so they can’t catch on anything

Sara Larson
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I thought it was crazy too until my son’s broke and he went without for a few days. He was a mess! Drooling more than before, fussy, pulling at his ears….a total mess. The new one came in the mail the other day and happiness has been restored. I guess it really does work!!!

Evey
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When we went on a trip and didn’t take the amber with us, I noticed how much more drool my baby was producing. That proved it to me. As soon as we got back, the necklace went back on & the drool went away!

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