If you’ve been paying attention to social media and parenting blogs, you’ve probably already seen amber teething necklaces gracing the necks of your friend’s and family’s babies. But what exactly are these amber teething necklaces for? How do they work? These are just 5 of the most frequently asked questions about amber teething necklaces answered below!
What are amber teething necklaces made from?
Amber teething necklaces are made from amber. Amber, contrary to popular belief, is not a rock or a gemstone. Amber is fossilized tree resin, which can come from trees in areas around the world. The most common type of amber used in teething necklaces is Baltic amber, but other types of amber can be used as well. The amber used for teething necklaces is made from “beads” which are not actually beads, but resin that has been shaped so that it can be strung on a necklace.
How do amber teething necklaces work?
Amber contains a material called succinic acid. Succinic acid acts as an anti-inflammatory agent. When amber is worn against the skin, the succinic acid becomes absorbed into the body, where it begins to work as an anti-inflammatory agent over a period of a few days and weeks as the succinic acid is built up in the body. Teething is caused by inflammation of the gums, so the amber works by reducing inflammation and thus naturally reducing and soothing the pain caused when a baby is teething.
Do amber teething necklaces really work?
The effectiveness of amber teething necklaces can vary from person to person due to the fact that succinic acid has a different level of effectiveness in everyone. Most parents report that they begin noticing a difference in their child’s teething pain when the necklace is worn regularly for at least a few days.
Are amber teething necklaces safe?
Yes, amber teething necklaces are safe to use. However, amber should not be eaten or chewed on, so it’s important for parents to supervise their children while they wear their amber necklaces to make sure they don’t try to use it as a teether necklace. Typically, amber necklaces are shorter so that babies can’t put it in their mouth when it’s being worn.
Because amber teething necklaces are necklaces, it’s important that babies never wear it when sleeping or unsupervised due to necklaces being a potential choking hazard. Parents should routinely inspects their children’s amber teething necklaces to make sure that none of the beads are loose or damaged before it is worn.
Why are amber teething necklaces beneficial for teething pain over medication?
Many parents want to soothe their baby’s teething pain naturally, through a method that doesn’t require using pain medications which can have side effects or be potentially harmful if used too often in babies. Amber teething necklaces are a safe and natural way to reduce teething pain.