If you’ve been browsing any parenting blogs or have checked out the social media of family and friends in the past few years, you’ve probably spotted amber teething necklaces without even realizing it. As the popularity of amber teething necklaces as has risen, so have the number of people interested in learning more about them. What are they? Do they work? If you want to know if amber teething necklaces are right for your baby currently experiencing teething pain, take a look at these 5 frequently asked questions about them.
What are they made from?
Contrary to popular belief, amber is not a rock or gemstone. Amber is actually fossilized tree sap which was made millions of years ago. Amber is harvested from ancient forests and is then shaped into bead-like circles so that they can be strung to make amber necklaces as well as amber bracelets.
What do they actually do?
Amber necklaces relieve teething pain--and other types of ailments--through the compound contained in amber: succinic acid. Succinic acid actually occurs naturally in the body in small doses; it is a compound which reduces inflammation and provides additional pain relieving effects. When amber necklaces or bracelets are worn against the skin, the warmth of the body heats up the amber slightly, causing an oil to be produced and absorbed into the skin. This oil contains succinic acid which, once absorbed, begins working as an anti-inflammatory.
Do they actually work?
Yes. Although the strength of the effect may vary from baby to baby, succinic acid does reduce inflammation. Most teething pain is caused by the inflammation and irritation of the gums, so when succinic acid begins to work inside the body, it reduces much of this inflammation, providing pain relief to the teething infant.
Are they safe?
Yes, amber teething necklaces are safe when they are worn according to the safety instructions. Amber necklaces should only be worn when the baby is under the direct supervision of an adult. They should not be worn when an infant is sleeping. Like any beaded necklace, parents should inspect their amber teething necklaces to make sure none of the amber ‘beads’ are lose, as they could present a choking hazard. There are no side effects to wearing an amber teething necklace.
How long do they last?
When the necklace is properly cared for, cleaned, and kept from being damaged, an amber teething necklace can potentially last for years. This makes them ideal for parents who want to make sure their child’s teething pain is taken care of from its earliest stages to its final weeks. You should only clean your amber teething necklace using lukewarm water; simply wash it with a flannel cloth dampened with lukewarm water, then carefully pat it dry and if necessary, lightly polish with a tiny amount of olive oil before giving it another rub-down with a dry cloth. This will keep the amber from deteriorating and will ensure it looks brand new.
About Powell's Owls:
At Powell's Owls we offer a wide collection of 100% authentic amber teething necklaces and bracelets for children and adults. Based in the wonderful city of Denver, Colorado our team is dedicated to providing each customer with an awesome product and amazing customer service. We love amber jewelry and we know you will love it too!
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