Guest post by Jenn Sanders, edits & additions by Jeff Campbell
Wondering about a Baltic amber teething necklace for your baby?
If you’ve been in a conversation with parents of newborns recently, it’s likely that you’ve heard the words “amber teething necklace.”
Maybe you have wondered why anyone with a child that young would be considering accessorizing their baby. More specifically, why would anyone buy baby jewelry made of the stuff that the crazy scientists in the Jurassic Park movies used to source the DNA for their catastrophic cloning project?
Yes, we are talking about that kind of amber (minus the dino DNA). But we are talking about far more than baby accessories.
Do Baltic amber teething necklaces really work?
Science does come into play when discussing amber teething necklaces, just not the fictional kind.
In naturopathic medicine and natural parenting circles, science has been working to find more natural means of treating the symptoms of teething.
Typically, these symptoms include inflammation of the gums, resulting excessive drooling, pain at the site of the new teeth, irritability, and disrupted sleep patterns. The combination of these symptoms leads to a miserable few weeks for both parent and child.
In standard western medicine, the answer to this body of symptoms has been incomplete.
Teething toys or cold packs can diminish the pain and swelling at the site, but only for as long as you hold them in place.
These become highly impractical since they require you to hold your child for the duration of the teething. Pharmaceutical or herbal medications in two forms – analgesic and anti-inflammatory – have also come into wide use.
These each only treat a single aspect of the teething problem: either pain or swelling.
Parents and pediatricians alike limit their use out of concerns about side-effects, cumulative effects of long-term usage, and worries about accurate dosing.
The lack of 100% effective solutions has long required parents with unhappy babies to mount a coordinated attack on the symptoms. Typically having each of the available remedies on hand.
This is where the scientists’ findings regarding a Baltic amber teething necklace offer a better solution.
The powerful way an amber teething necklace functions to provide relief to your baby
Beads of certified Baltic amber are carefully crafted then smoothed to the touch so that they don’t further irritate a cranky baby.
These amber teething beads are then individually knotted onto a necklace to ensure that they will not break loose and become a choking hazard.
Each necklace is specifically sized to fit snugly so that it lays close against the skin under the clothing. This is important for safety as we don’t want it to become tangled. It is also an effective delivery device for the symptom-relieving succinic acid.
It’s science to the rescue again!
In testing the properties of Baltic amber (a fossilized tree resin found only in the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania), scientists found that one component of the amber is succinic acid.
Succinic acid is the key component in an amber teething necklace.
This acid exists in the human body in small quantities. It acts as both an analgesic (pain relieving agent) and an anti-inflammatory (reducing swelling).
Unfortunately, the human body does not produce sufficient quantities of the acid to effectively manage teething. It does, however, have an efficient system of processing it. When succinic acid, hits the bloodstream it goes right to the swollen areas.
Any excess is not stored in the fat or tissues, but is safely and simply eliminated.
The trick, then, is to deliver high enough quantities for the teething baby’s body to process.
Baltic amber is the scientists’ best solution for sourcing high concentrations of succinic acid. Unique among tree ambers, Baltic amber contains an 8% concentration of succinic acid and readily releases the useful substance when heated.
And that is where a Baltic amber teething necklace becomes useful. You can see noticeable soothing, calming effects after a few hours of wearing it and much more after a few days of use.
Are Baltic amber teething necklaces safe?
Make no mistake, there are critics of the Baltic amber teething necklace on the internet.
However, succinic acid is generally recognized as safe by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
There are also blog posts claiming that amber doesn’t even contain succinic acid. However the University of Waterloo in Canada has indeed confirmed that Baltic amber does contain “3-8% succinic acid”.
WebMD goes on to say that succinic acid “is used for symptoms related to menopause such as hot flashes and irritability. Succinate is also applied to the skin for arthritis and joint pain.”
Thus it seems clear that Baltic amber does contain succinic acid and that it can help manage pain and swelling.
You do want to make sure that it lays flat under the babies clothes so that it can’t get wrapped around the child’s neck. It is also recommended that babies not wear them while the parents are sleeping or not watching them.
Lastly, it is also important that you ensure you are buying a genuine Baltic Amber teething necklace as imitations do exist.
The crucial differences between real and fake amber:
- When warmed, genuine amber releases a subtle fragrance
- Fake amber smells more like plastic
- Actual Baltic amber will float in salt water. (Simply add salt to water to test at home)
- Amber is a poor heat conductor, thus it always feels warm to your touch
Are you supposed to chew on a Baltic amber teething necklace?
No is the short answer. And of course if you allow your baby to chew on it it could be considered a choking hazard.
Scientists know a lot these days about how our bodies function. Thus the role of the skin and its amazing ability to absorb nutrients has changed the way we take everything from vitamins to prescription drugs, using convenient trans-dermal patches.
The principle of trans-dermal absorption is how a Baltic amber teething necklace delivers the succinic acid.
Your baby will wear the necklace close against the body, underneath clothing. It is then warmed enough to release the succinic acid from the beads.
The teething baby’s skin absorbs the acid. And it moves through the bloodstream to the swollen and painful gums. When that happens, it delivers relief, and then is eliminated from the body.
How long is a Baltic amber teething necklace good for?
Not only does a Baltic amber teething necklace provide a more complete remedy for teething symptoms, it offers a more cost-effective one as well.
Contrary to the amber trading portrayed in the Jurassic Park movies with its sky-high price tag, this highly effective remedy is available for less than $20.
Compare that to the combined costs of:
- Pain relief medicine ($7)
- Swelling medicine ($7)
- A teething toy ($5)
Medicines and toys must be used and re-purchased. Thus you can see that the Baltic amber teething necklace is a much better purchase.
A single Baltic amber teething necklace can be used by multiple children. They could also easily become an heirloom piece for multiple generations.
How tight should the necklace be?
The typical length for an amber teething necklace is about 12 inches. You don’t want it so tight it hurts or runs the risk of strangulation. But you also don’t want it so long that the child might play with it or put in their mouth.
Here are some suggested guidelines by age:
2 months to 1 year – 12 inches
1-2 years – 13 inches
2 years and older – 14 inches
What is the best type of amber teething necklace?
As we have indicated, you want to make sure you only purchase genuine Baltic amber.
Want to know the top rated Baltic amber teething necklace on Amazon Prime?
It’s the Raw Baltic Amber Teething Necklaces For Babies (Unisex) by Baltic Wonder!
Between multiple sellers on Amazon, this amber teething necklace has well over 2000 reviews and rates 4 stars.
But don’t take our word for it.
Check out this verified purchase reviewer who gave it 5 stars: “I must admit, I was skeptical about these necklaces at first, but when my baby started teething I thought I’d give one a try. I’m glad I did! My 15 month old is getting 3 of her 1st molars at once and this amber necklace really does seem to help her. She seems much less fussy when she has it on and it is SUPER cute on her too! We love it!!!”
It also comes with a 1 year guarantee and a certificate of authenticity so you know it’s genuine Baltic amber.
In addition to its naturally occurring properties and safe delivery system, the Baltic amber teething necklace offers consistent, long-term relief.
Prescription drugs have to be carefully timed and re-administered. As long your baby wears the necklace its soothing capabilities are working.
The teething baby’s irritability, drooling and inconsistent sleep patterns stem from poorly managed pain and swelling. Thus as the amber teething necklace brings the pain and swelling under control, your baby will see much needed relief.
As a result, your child will be better rested and less fussy.
The science and cost-effectiveness of the Baltic amber teething necklace are clear. The teething necklace is a more complete, more natural, and less costly solution to the symptoms of teething.
It may not quite be the miracle of life that the dinosaur cloners were after, but a Baltic amber teething necklace may help bring much needed relief to both babies and parents.
So what are the . . .
7 Top Baltic Amber Teething Necklace Tips Parents Must Know?
1. ONLY BUY GENUINE BALTIC AMBER
Beware of imitations and look for a certificate of authenticity
2. ENSURE YOUR BABY DOES NOT CHEW ON THE NECKLACE
While likely not toxic, the beads could be a choking hazard
3. DON’T LET YOUR BABY WEAR IT WHILE YOU SLEEP
To ensure your baby doesn’t chew on the necklack or get it caught on something, make sure you take it off before bedtime.
4. BABIES SHOULD ONLY WEAR THE NECKLACE WHILE BEING ATTENDED TO
If you will be leaving your child unattended, it is recommended you remove the necklace and put it back on when you return.
5. ENSURE THE NECKLACE LAYS FLAT UNDER THEIR CLOTHES
The necklace works when the beads gently rest on the skin of the babies chest. Under clothing ensures good contact.
6. DON’T USE ON BABIES UNDER 2 MONTHS OF AGE
Teething would typically start between 2-3 months and as late as 12 months of age. Thus begin the use of your Baltic amber teething necklace at that time.
7. USE UP UNTIL AGE 3 YEARS
Teething is typically a non-issue once a child turns 3. But you or your child may wish to keep wearing it after that purely for fashion reasons.
The author of this post, Jenn Sanders, currently works as a marketing assistant at Baltic Wonder, a company that is dedicated to the health and well-being of infants. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family and outdoor adventures. Follow her on Instagram or Twitter for more tips.
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