Amber teething necklaces are always in the headlines. Many people have strong opinions, leading them to lose site of the facts. In this post we are going to look at the facts relating to amber teething necklaces and dispel some common myths. Lets look at what we are going to cover:
What are amber teething necklaces? - Amber teething necklaces are worn around a baby's neck to alleviate the pain of teething. Made from Baltic amber by highly skilled Lithuanian craftsman they have been popular in Europe for many decades and are sold in pharmacies there. NZ and South Africa are high users of them and Australia is also a very popular place for them now with many pharmacies selling them on their shelves. The US is slowly waking up to this natural remedy and there are concerns that due to the scarcity of genuine Baltic amber that US demand may force prices skywards.
What is Baltic amber? - Baltic amber is a naturally occurring tree resin found in the Baltic states and is over 40 million years old. The vast majority of Baltic amber is hand collected from the shores surrounding Russia. Unlike normal tree sap, Baltic amber contains 200 times the levels of a pain relieving substance called succinic acid.
How do amber teething necklaces work? - Worn around a baby's neck, the warmth of the amber seems to calm and ease teething pain and the symptoms associated with teething pain in babies. Baltic amber contains 200 times the levels of regular amber and it is assumed that minuscule amounts of this natural pain reliever (Baltic amber was ground down into powder mixed with water and consumed by pregnant woman during childbirth) are absorbed into a babies skin. Baltic amber has also been know to help with eczema in both children and adults.
Amber teething necklaces do they work? - Its one of the main questions that we are asked and we can only say from personal experience that yes they do work and have worked on our 3 children. While large pharmaceutical companies have a drug for everything with substances that you can't even pronounce. Baltic amber is completely natural. Many scientists are on record saying that their is no evidence that they work and therefore they are fake. Unfortunately these scientists never seem to have tested them before making these statements. While real scientific evidence may never exist, because they would never be allowed to test on babies. The best evidence is to go up to a mum on the street who has a baby wearing an amber teething necklace and ask them. Or a simpler method could be to look over our 1000+ verified reviews and make your own mind up.
Amber teething necklaces warning - It is normally at the top of Google search results mainly due to the large amount of misinformation readily available on the internet. This is the main warning on the website of The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission - Warning notice to public issued in relation to Amber teething necklaces - You can read the article here and also download the The Warning Notice to the Public here. There is nothing to worry about and this article mainly states to remove the necklace during periods of supervision. This website has thousands of warning notices and includes the dangers or bicycles and also balloons. Out of the millions of necklaces made and worn by babies around the globe no child has ever been hurt or killed from wearing an amber teething necklace. They are simply not a risk to anyone. Our necklaces are double knotted meaning if it was to break only one bead would ever scatter and they also have safety screw clasps that pop open if any pressure is applied. In recent years a new rumour popped up on the internet that amber teething necklaces cause SIDS. This has been proven to be a hoax read the article here. Yet the amount of internet traffic and rumour has led the SIDS website in Australia to include a piece on their website that links back to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's website.
How are they made? - Amber that is sourced from Russia is nearly always turned into the necklace in Lithuania. Skilled Lithuanian craftsman will take the raw amber and sort it into the naturally forming colours, cut it into smaller sizes and then polish it for days in a machine, before drilling holes in the beads and then hand stringing them together. A much more detailed post on this with images can be viewed here
The health, comfort and well being of your baby should be yours and yours alone to control but it's with facts and common sense that we must be armed with when making decisions. If you have a teething baby then you should absolutely give amber teething necklaces a go. You can find our range here.