I also just ordered a Hazelwood necklace for his reflux.
FYI - it seems like the lighter and milkier the color, the better it should work!
I have one of these necklaces. How do I know it is real "baltic amber"?
I am a bit leery of it as well. I mean, is it really safe to give a baby unknown amounts of succinic acid? And if it is such a "low dose" as to be harmless, then how is it actually therapeutic or pain relieving? I am a skeptic so far.
im a total skeptic about this, i assume it is all placebo in the way we remember our babies from day to day until someone shows me the tested science. i just dont see how it could work in the levels that are present. would love to see some hard research.
that being said there is are tons of things that are proven to be complete make-believe and still have folks that are comforted by them, so as long as it is not harmful, why not? but if it does really leach stuff in to a babies body, no thank you, just cause it is from some ancient tree does not make it safe, lots of natural things are toxic and like some folks have pointed out, we rarely know for sure exactly what is in the beads we buy.
^That is why I won't try one. Unknown amounts of anything going into my baby makes me nervous... & Natural means nothing to me. Lots of natural things are harmful. "It's natural so it's fine!" is a really dangerous attitude to have IMO....
DD2 has one. I don't know if it works. I don't really believe amber can "leak" the relevant acid once warm. It kind of defies what i know about chemistry. But i think the necklace was £15 or £16 and i didn't mind spending that to try it.
Certainly it's cute, and times when DD had teething pain i would have tried ANYTHING (sometimes medication didn't seem to help much either!). I'm actually looking at getting another one for my next LO as my DD2 is teething really slow and at 25months still has all her eye teeth and all her 2 year molars to come, and her sister was similar and was 3.5 before she was done with teething So for us it's had enough value for me to get another one, even though i don't know for sure if it really made a difference.
DD has worn hers continuously since she was about 5 months old EXCEPT in the pool because the string is knotted silk and i was concerned that repeated exposure to chlorine might perish it and make it more likely to break, so when we're in the pool it goes in my purse with my nose screw (another thing i don't want to lose in the pool!).
This exactly. I'm a skeptic. And they would make nervous - seems like they could be a choking risk.
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A little about Amber teething necklaces.
For the person who quoted amber being a resin, yes, it is a resin. Amber is fossilized tree sap and this makes it a resin. Resin does not always refer to a melted and reformed plasic substance. Amber is not a stone, therefore it is litghtweight and comfortable to wear. Make sure when buying an amber teething necklace you are buying pure Baltic Amber. Amber that comes from the baltic region is the purest amber and has higher concentrations of succinic acid and work well for teething babies.
A baby does not chew on the necklace, they wear it. The skin warms the necklace and the acid that is in the oils are slowly absorbed into the skin. Succinic acid is water soluable and there is no overdose potential because the body will use what it can and the rest is eliminated and excreeted through the kidneys (pee'd out).
As for the safety aspect. Make sure when you are buying a necklace that you are buying one with the screw closure. The reason why is the screw closure is designed to give (break) if under too much tension. In addition make sure that the necklace string is knotted between every bead. This way if the string were to break only 1 bead would fall off. Also, you can take the necklace, wrap it twice around the baby's ankle and then place a sock over it or place the baby in footed pajamas. This is a great alternative to having something around the neck if that causes you concern.
If you are looking for a high quality amber necklace I recommend www.amberhealing.com.
The use of an amber necklace is purely a personal decision by each parent and may not be the right choice for your baby. I can say it was amazing how well it worked for my daughter.