Amber Teething Jewelry, Does it really work?

Posted by Julie on 1/23/2014 to Family Focus

Amber Teething Jewelry, Does it really work? The Verdict is In!

baltic amber teething, teething remedy I never used Baltic amber with my daughter. I considered it, but I just never got around to it. Also, I wasn’t convinced it wasn’t some weird, hippy superstition thing. She never seemed to need it either, now that I think of it. Her first teeth came in at around nine months of age and they came slowly and without too much drama. I think that by the time I discovered amber teething necklaces, there really was just no reason to get her one—at least not for teething. Now, if I’d known about it when she was a newborn, I might have used amber to try to combat the ever mysterious colic that was our constant companion until she was about 3 months old. After the colic left her, though, she was a pretty happy baby most of the time.

My son was different. He had his first amber bracelet by the time he was six weeks old. I saw a couple of my friends’ babies wearing amber and I bluntly asked, “Does that really work? I see them all the time but I never know if they’re just a bunch of nonsense…” The moms—people I trusted—assured me that the necklaces really did make a difference, so I purchased one as soon as I could. It’s one thing to hear from strangers on the Internet that something works, but hearing it in person from someone you know personally is a much more persuasive argument.

My son is generally a more easy going baby than his sister was, but since I knew about the benefits of Baltic amber early on, I actually had a reason to use it for him. At around 2 weeks of age, he developed acid reflux that gave him screaming fits a couple of times a day that were only assuaged by pacing, bouncing, and rocking. After trying every natural method to fix it (my diet, block nursing, constant nursing, elevated head when sleeping, etc), we decided there was no using fighting meds when his pediatrician offered them and we put him on Zantac. Shortly after this, we got him an amber necklace (thanks to the above mentioned testimonials of some friends) which we wrapped around his ankle and kept under a sock. We weren’t actually sure if it ever helped him with his reflux because there were so many other factors involved, but we kept it on him just in case. Shortly after buying him the necklace I decided I preferred a bracelet until he was older so I purchased one. Again, this was stuck around his ankle almost all of the time under a sock. Soon, I switched the ankle for his arm, hoisting the bracelet up past his elbow. It actually stayed up there most of the time with no problem to the point that I’d forget about it for days at a time. Still, though, we weren’t really sure if it was helping or not and I wasn’t convinced it wasn’t just an old wives’ tale passed on from one natural parent to another.

One day just before Baby Bear was six months old, I noticed that he was particularly fussy. He doesn’t really cry when he’s upset, he screams and yells and screeches. He usually does it because he’s frustrated about not getting something into his mouth just so, or because he has rolled into a place in the living room from which he cannot escape on his own. On this day, though, it was more than that. He was just in a grumpy mood. I realized after a couple of hours that his bracelet had fallen off during daycare and I hadn’t put it back on. I grabbed it, replaced it, and within an hour it seemed he had calmedbaltic amber,sleeping,teething down. The next day, I discovered that his first tooth had just broken through. It happened again a few weeks later. In the church nursery he found the bracelet and began chewing on it so the volunteers removed it (they actually told me they’d assumed his big sister had been playing dress­ up with him). Again, I got home and forgot to replace the bracelet, and he was screaming and fussing again. I got his necklace this time and things calmed down within an hour.

And that was it. It took us six months to discover it, but now I’m a convert. Baltic Amber teething jewelry seems to work for our son. And it’s such an easy fix, too!

If you’ve never tried amber jewelry or you’ve tried it and it hasn’t worked, there are a couple of things to keep in mind:

Safety

The jewelry shouldn’t be worn without adult supervision. I removed my son’s bracelet as soon as he discovered it and started grabbing it and chewing on it. Now that he’s using the necklace, I don’t let him sleep in it as a precaution against strangulation. Actually, he doesn’t wear it unless he’s being supervised. Beads around his neck just make me a little bit too nervous. However, the necklaces are designed to break if enough pressure is put on them that they would tighten and strangle your child. Also, the beads are individually knotted so that if the necklace does break, only one bead will fall off, minimizing the choking hazard.

The beads are not meant to be chewed. Amber jewelry is not like any other teething remedies that go into the baby’s mouth. The idea is that the succinic acid in the amber (which is a resin, not a stone) is analgesic and gets absorbed into your baby’s skin having a calming effect. Thus, for maximum benefit, it needs to be worn against the skin, not ingested orally.

There are differing opinions on whether or not the jewelry actually works. I have yet to find a scientific study that says it does, but I also don’t always trust science because there is only so much that can be measured scientifically. I’m more apt to trust thousands of years of generations of people using the amber.

Is it real?

baltic amber,teething,neckacles If you’ve tried amber and it hasn’t worked it’s either because it just doesn’t work for your baby or because you have fake amber. A quick Internet search will revel a couple of tests that can be done to test whether or not your necklace is real. The best way, however, to be sure you have the real stuff is to do you research and buy from a reputable site. I bought both my bracelet and necklace from Diaper Junction and I trust them since I’ve bought from them and worked with them for about four years now. Personally, I’ve decided that the benefits of using amber teething jewelry outweigh the risks—especially since I’ve taken steps to eliminate those risks through constant vigilance. Our son doesn’t wear it all the time now that it’s around his neck, but we do keep it handy for him to wear when the going gets tough. Once he’s old enough that he’s not putting things in his mouth, I’m definitely considering having him wear it all the time, as it’s purported not only to be beneficial for teething babies, but for kids and adults of all ages.

To shop for Baltic Amber Teething Necklaces please check out the great selection at Diaper Junction!

Comments

Date 1/24/2014
Kathryn Murphy
My son has been wearing a necklace since about 3 months old. We almost never take it off so I can't attest to its effectiveness, but he's a very happy, content baby. We never had teething issues, in fact most came in and I didn't even know. I'm not sure if it really works, but I'm not taking it off to find out lol!
Date 1/24/2014
Becca
Tiffany, it's supposed to be beneficial for people of all ages and some places sell them for adults so it would be worth a shot.
Date 1/24/2014
Jennifer Kleinot
I'm so torn on these necklaces. I've never tried them, but my son is starting to teeth. I have friends that rave about these necklaces, so they just may be worth a shot.
Date 1/24/2014
Desiree Depinet
I got an amber necklace when my little one was about 12 weeks old. I only take it off when she gets a bath. My husband ad mom both entertained me when it came to her necklace but I am not sure they actually believed it did anything. They didn't until I forgot to put it on her once and they both instructed me to put it back on immediately. They were both believers after that and my mother bought an amber bracelet for my 4 month old nephew.
Date 1/24/2014
tiffany
Do you know if they help with arthritis in your hands if worn as a bracelet pain in your hands and wrists? Thanks. Tiffany
Date 1/24/2014
Kim H
I have never used them, but have some friends that do. None of them really swear by them, they say they think they are helping. I guess I am hesitant to use one because of the strangulation risk if there isn't that much they seem to do.
Date 1/26/2014
Maggie M
Interesting. I know a couple people who use Baltic Amber. I've wondered about getting one but I never seem to get around to it. Maybe I should.
Date 1/26/2014
Lisa
We've never used one but hearing another skeptic's reviews makes me want to try it.
Date 1/26/2014
Ashley H. R.
I love my sons necklace - so cute, even if they don't work. I don't have any worry about the safety because of the way it is constructed.
Date 1/31/2014
Hillary H
I didn't know about amber necklaces until my daughter was already done teething :( I definitely want to try one for my next child
Date 1/31/2014
Allison M
We were on vacation last month and took our little guy to the beach for the day. When we got back to our room our son was super fussy and was pulling at his mouth. He'd never acted that dramatic about teething pain before (15 months old at the time)! We remembered we had taken his amber necklace off before we left. We put it back on and within 30 minutes he was back to his normal, happy self. We're believers here :-)
Date 1/31/2014
Mary
I think they work, but it depends on your baby - they work for some but they might not work for every baby.
Date 1/31/2014
Rachel S
We just bought one and so far, it might be working...?! :-)
Date 1/31/2014
Jordan
I never tried the amber necklace with my first, but I wish I had Ive heard so many good things about them. I will definitely be trying them with baby #2.
Date 2/5/2014
David
Thank you for this. I have been a little skeptical, but my wife loves them, this helps a lot.
Date 2/11/2014
Samantha Y
I have read a lot about these and I really wanted to get one for my daughter but so far she hasn't really needed it. Her first tooth just came in and if she is ever fussy (which is rarely) all you have to do is pick her up and she is fine. I am definitely not complaining about having such a happy baby but I am just a wee bit disappointed that we don't really *need* one :(
Date 3/20/2014
Katie Ohning
I've seen these necklaces and bracelets on babies and asked one a mother about them. She swore they worked like a charm for teething. Neither of my children had painful teething, but I'd be willing to try it if my third has issues. Thanks for sharing your experience!
Date 3/21/2014
Helen
My sister used one with both her kids. I'll probably get one for my LO.
Date 5/9/2014
Lindsey Campbell
I want to try one for LO #4. I bought my husband a Hazelwood. It broke the very first day and the company I bought it from would not replace it :(
Date 5/10/2014
Charity B
I love amber! Me and my 2 babies wear necklaces. My daughter keeps her's on all the time and my son wears his when I can watch him with it. My experience with it is outlined perfectly in this post!
Date 5/31/2014
Mo Lipnitz
I just got a necklace and they won't let her wear it at daycare, so she only gets to wear it a few days a week, so we'll see if it works for us. Here's hoping!
Date 6/10/2014
veronica carufel
my aunt used them with her two youngest, and gave me one to use with my cousin while I babysat him daily. Come to think about it now, I don't know if it worked or not. I would like to believe so since he would drool like crazy but wasn't very fussy and would constantly have it on him as well as I would wear it around my neck. I have to try one of the tests to see if it's actual amber, I am currently pregnant and wore mine and noticed that my headaches haven't been as frequent or as strong. I also look forward to wearing it long after baby is born and also having her wear the second amber necklace that I have as well and see how it works !
Date 7/5/2014
Heather Mangin
I have one but forget to put it on dd...I need to just put it on and leave it!
Date 7/10/2014
liz
My son is almost two and has worn an amber necklace constantly since he was three months old. I was initially concerned about the stangulation hazard, but I always kept it tucked under his shirt/onsie so it wasn't hanging out there to catch on things (I like the suggestion of putting it around an ankle). He has cut almost all his teeth with not much fuss (relative to most of the other stories from other moms I know). I don't know if it really works or not, but it can't hurt! I plan to use one on my next baby too.
Date 7/20/2014
Chelsea Rutledge
I have tried one amber necklace. I honestly didn't see a difference. I would like to either check my necklace and see if it is real or get a new one. I am not a total believer. But I didn't know if helped with colic! I would love to try one with our 3 rd right now who has bad colic.
Date 8/6/2014
Melanie
Anecdote does not equal science. The claims of amber necklaces don't hold up to scrutiny, I'm sorry. Consider the following: http://scienceornot.net/2012/10/30/amber-necklaces-and-teething-babies/
Date 9/22/2014
Bianca Norman
I've always wanted to try this.. Just haven't had a chance to buy one yet.. so many options out there. I feel like I don't really know much about them.
Date 10/24/2014
Mackenna D
I got one for my daughter and haven't seen a difference. I was really hoping it would work. Wish I hadn't spent the money on it. Oh well.
Date 1/24/2015
Peta-Gaye Daniel
Didn't use these with my first son, but now considering these for Baby #2 due in March 2015.
Date 5/27/2015
katie m
I've always wondered about these necklaces and hope to try one when my little one starts teething to soothe her.

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