If you have been on Facebook or social media in recent months, then the chances that you’ve encountered amber teething jewelry is exceptionally high. Amber teething jewelry (amber necklaces and amber bracelets) has become a mainstay in the parenting world over the last decade, as more and more parents turn towards popular and less invasive remedies such as amber teething jewelry to soothe their children’s teething related aches and pains. But what is amber jewelry? How does it work? Does it really work at all? If you want to know the answers to these and other vital frequently asked questions about amber teething jewelry, read the following FAQs.
What is amber teething jewelry?
Amber teething jewelry is jewelry designed specifically for babies and infants who are currently teething. Amber teething necklaces, bracelets and anklets are comprised of amber beads, which are small shaped pieces of amber that are strung into various types of jewelry. The most common types of amber jewelry are necklaces and bracelets, though amber anklets are also becoming more popular as well. Amber teething jewelry can be found for sale in many online shops, especially those that specialize in parenting and childcare related products.
What is “amber” exactly?”
Contrary to popular belief, amber is not a gemstone. Amber is actually fossilized tree resin which has hardened over the years; most amber is harvested from the Baltic region, though amber can be found around the world. Amber used in teething jewelry is first harvested and then shaped using special tools so that it can be strung on a line to make bracelets, necklaces and other types of jewelry.
How does amber teething jewelry work?
Amber teething jewelry works thanks to an effective compound which is located inside the amber. This compound is called succinic acid and is a naturally occurring anti-inflammatory compound; trace amounts of succinic acid naturally occur in the body. When succinic acid is absorbed into the bloodstream, it reduces inflammation in the body, in the case of teething infants, it reduces the painful inflammation of the gums which causes serious pain and discomfort in babies and infants. The succinic acid can be found inside an oil secreted by the amber beads; the oil is secreted when the beads are worn against the skin, as the warmth of the skin causes the oil to warm up and ‘melt’ in a very slight manner.
Is amber teething jewelry really effective?
Yes. Amber teething jewelry is an effective way to treat teething pain due to gum inflammation. The reason why amber teething jewelry is so effective is that it targets the pain right at the source: the inflammation of the gums. Unlike other teething remedies which seek to cover up the teething pain with medication or distract from it using toys and frozen rags, amber teething jewelry tackles the problem of teething pain directly at the source: inflammation.
Yes. There is nothing inherently unsafe about amber teething jewelry. However, like all jewelry, parents should take special care when letting their children wear amber teething necklaces, bracelets or anklets. This special care includes basic safety tips such as:
• Remove amber teething necklaces and bracelets before bedtime
• Only let your children wear amber teething jewelry when you can directly supervise them
• Routinely check the jewelry to spot loose beads or other problems; do not let your child wear amber jewelry that is damaged in any way
• Remove amber teething jewelry when your infant will be in a car seat
As long as you practice common sense safety tips, amber teething jewelry will be safe to use.
What is the best type of amber teething jewelry to buy?
The type of amber teething jewelry you buy will depend on a number of factors, including your budget, and how you plan to use the jewelry. As a general rule of thumb, smaller jewelry pieces such as bracelets and anklets will cost less than necklaces, so they may be your best option if you are on a tight budget; though this can vary from shop to shop. Anklets are ideal for letting your baby wear them at night since they will be out of reach, whereas full necklaces and bracelets are better for daytime wear.
How long does amber teething jewelry last?
Amber teething jewelry does not have a set expiration date. As long as you are routinely caring for the amber beads, then your amber teething jewelry can last infinitely. Routine care for amber teething jewelry includes regularly cleaning the necklace, making sure the necklace or other teething jewelry is put away so that older children can’t break it, and giving the necklace regular polishing to keep up its glossy shine.
How do I clean amber teething jewelry?
Cleaning amber teething jewelry is an important step in making sure that your amber teething necklaces, bracelets and anklets last for as long as possible. Cleaning your amber jewelry is easy once you learn how to do it just make sure to never use harsh detergents or harsh clothes when cleaning your jewelry. To clean your jewelry, first take a bowl an fill it with a gentle soap and water; take a soft cloth (such as microfiber) and dip it into the soapy water. Gently rub each individual amber bead in order to remove dirt, debris and give it a fresh look.
Once you are finished, rinse the beads off by rubbing them with a clean damp cloth before carefully drying them.
Can amber teething necklaces be worn at night?
No, teething necklaces should not be worn at night or when the infant is otherwise sleeping. It is possible to wear amber teething anklets during naps since these will be kept away from the infant’s mouth, but in general it is best to avoid wearing amber teething jewelry, even anklets, when the infant cannot be 100% supervised at night. You should make it a habit to remove all amber teething jewelry before your infant goes to sleep in order to avoid accidentally leaving the jewelry on.
Is it okay to wear amber teething jewelry in the bath?
Amber teething jewelry should not be worn when your infant is in the bath or otherwise exposed to water. This includes being submerged in pools, outside in the rain, or in any situation where the necklace, bracelet or anklet will be exposed to liquids or soaps. The reason for this is that the amber beads will become damaged when exposed to water and other types of debris, such as soaps and dirt, over time. Amber teething jewelry should be regularly cleaned and then carefully dried so that water and soap is not left behind on the beads.
How much succinic acid does amber used in amber jewelry contain?
It is the succinic acid in amber teething jewelry which gives it its anti-inflammatory and other soothing properties. Succinic acid is a natural anti-inflammatory agent which, when absorbed into the body, results in a reduction in inflammation in the gums which causes teething pain. The amount of succinic acid in amber can vary from jewelry to jewelry. In general, the amount of succinic acid in amber jewelry is 3 to 8%; whether the succinic acid is on the higher or lower end will vary depending on the particular amber harvested to make the jewelry.
Where should I buy amber teething jewelry?
Amber teething jewelry can be found on a number of different shops. In general, however, it is best to stick to purchasing amber jewelry from shops which can verify the source of their amber jewelry as authentic and high quality. The most common source of amber used for amber jewelry is Baltic amber, and the best shops will be able to tell you whether or not their amber jewelry is Baltic or from another source.
How long does amber jewelry take to work?
This will vary on a case by case basis. In general, parents can expect to see results within a few days of regularly wearing amber teething jewelry.
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