It seems we have two teething kids on our hands! Little Miss Mira is working on her first two bottom teeth and Ezra is dealing with those pesky 3-year molars. A thing I ran into when my oldest was a baby (eek… 14 years ago) was an amber teething necklace. They have definitely gained popularity over the years and are easily accessible on Amazon. Back then, I swore I noticed a difference in Keenan and am still finding relief for the other two kiddos.
Many moms swear by them, but why?
There is said to be an oil secreted from baltic amber called succinic acid. Raw, non-autoclaved amber releases this oil, around 8% when the amber is heated by the baby’s skin. Succinic acid has anti-inflammatory properties, it is immune-supporting, it is an antioxidant and it can be calming.
Succinic acid is found in many nutritional supplements and in medicines. It is commonly prescribed in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Baltic amber is a fossilized resin from conifer trees. It also has a huge history, and it has been found as far back as the paleolithic period.
There have been concerns and issues about safety and choking. I haven’t had a problem and am not fearful– however, I generally use precautions when my babies wear them. I make sure the necklace has a pop clasp that will safely disengage if the necklace would get caught on something, I buy about a 12.6-inch length so it isn’t very long, and I put it on the baby and keep her distracted for a few moments so she forgets about it even being on.
We take it off before sleeping, and she’s supervised during the day when wearing it. A few things to look for when purchasing an amber necklace is that it is 100% raw amber, it hasn’t been treated with an autoclave, and it is double-knotted between beads. The color of amber ranges from brown to orange, and it is generally a milky hue when the beads are untreated. The lighter color beads tend to be higher in succinic acid.
Amber necklaces are one tool I advocate for, and I think they are super cute! I even have one in an adult length and have noticed that I feel calmer and headaches are less when I wear it. They run about $20 so, it may be worth a shot when dealing with the dreaded teething process.