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Amber Teething Necklaces: Helpful or Hype?

By Amalah

 

Hey, woman! Just found your site and am loving it. (OMG HOW DOES ANYONE NURSE WITHOUT A SMARTPHONE?! Needless to say, I’ve now read, like, half your posts ever since the baby is having a growth spurt and eating constantly.)

Anyhow, you and I seem to be a similar degree of granola-crunchy but not dirty-hippy, so here goes. I’m a cloth diapering, clothesline-using, breastfeeding, Ergo-wearing, organic container-gardening, babyfood making, composting AND worm farm type of gal. Dear lord I can’t believe I just typed that. (Oh crap, maybe I *am* a dirty hippy.)

I like going the natural route if possible, but on the other hand I’m a scientist by trade and I HEART FACTS! So a lot of this magnetic-bracelet/aura healing crystals/green tea detoxifying foot patches, etc. just PISSES ME OFF.

SO, onnnnn to the question! Amber teething necklaces. Do they work? I get that they contain succinic acid, which is an anti-inflammatory, but… ya know… really? And do the possible benefits outweigh putting BEADS on your BABY!? (I think my baby is making NOM NOM NOM noises just thinking about ripping such a thing off and devouring it.) Uh, choking hazard much?

So what do you think?

Signed,
Skeptical Dirty Hippy Scientist

Did you steal my brain? Were we separated at the birthin’ place many many years ago? Because like you, I feel like the most curmudgeonly skeptical hippy in the world sometimes. Yes, we cloth diaper and baby-wear and make our own baby food and grow vegetables and compost and shun anything processed and artificial and recycle and all of that, but…well, I chose my green/natural initiatives after reading, you know, FACTS that changed my mind and laid out the benefits clearly and objectively. I am not the moron from the pro-HFCS commercials who just says “oh, that’s bad for you!” because I maybe heard it from somebody somewhere and then stares blankly when asked to elaborate. Ask ME why we don’t consume HFCS and you’ll get a damn lecture with Powerpoint, at the end of which you will probably run away screaming and swear to never talk to me again, because ANNOYING.

But…amber teething necklaces. Yeah. I’ve never owned one. Never really thought about owning one. For those of you who aren’t familiar with this wives’ tale gone mainstream: Baltic amber contains a “natural analgesic” that can, in theory, be absorbed through your skin to relieve pain. Here’s the wiki on succinic acid, where there is indeed a passing mention of it being historically used to relieve aches and pains — though just how far back in history isn’t mentioned. Today, you’ll often see amber advertised for back pain and arthritis, but also for teething pain. Mothering message boards are chock full of parents who SWEAR the necklaces work, or at least helped, though there are usually a couple people who say the opposite, or admit that it’s little more than a placebo effect for exhausted parents. He’s not crying at this particular moment! He slept better last night! Well, yes, teething pain does come and go, and sometimes we misdiagnose all sorts of other crankiness/discomfort as ongoing “teething”…but he’s wearing the necklace! That HAS TO BE IT.

I have two problems with the necklaces, even if we do buy into the idea that succinic acid is strong and concentrated enough in the jewelry to be absorbed THROUGH YOUR SKIN, INTO YOUR BLOODSTREAM and STILL be strong enough to make it to the source of pain — better than or equal to, say, a straight liquid analgesic like Tylenol or Motrin, or teething tablets inserted directly by the gums:

1) A lot of what’s sold as “amber” these days is actually mostly resin OR has been treated artificially to look pretty and sparkly and sun-kissed. There’s a very high scammy quotient among products being specifically sold as “healing” amber. Basically, if you decide to buy a cheap one just to see if it works at all, you’re probably still getting ripped off with stones that don’t really contain much of the magic acid in the first place. (True Baltic amber contains about an 8% concentration of the stuff.) I’m sure there are reputable places selling the real deal, but be prepared to do some research first and educate yourself on how to spot real Baltic amber before buying the first necklace you see because it looks cute.

2) Beaded jewelry on a baby. Around their NECK, even. I just…yeah. I have a hard time being not nervous about that part. I just came from a message board where MULTIPLE PEOPLE admitted that they NEVER took the necklaces off — even at night. And others simply wrapped it around their baby’s wrist or ankle at night, convinced that it was the reason their fussy baby was sleeping better, and that the baby wouldn’t be able to figure out how get it of since it was under their clothes or something. People: I don’t care how sturdy the construction is or how safe the clasp claims to be, or what ancient cultures used to let their babies wear, please please please don’t put your infants in a crib unsupervised with beaded jewelry wrapped around their necks or limbs, okay?

Personally, after the amount of research I’ve done just on the topic of pregnancy and TOPICAL chemicals, oils, and other ingredients in health and beauty products, I remain incredibly skeptical of the idea that enough of the acid inside a stone could really enter a baby’s bloodstream in amounts that would have a real, profound effect on pain. I mean, think of all the crazy nasty stuff in hair dye, and the relatively insignificant amount that actually gets through your scalp. (I guess that’s the justification for letting babies wear the necklaces 24/7?)

However, there’s obviously a pretty decent and vocal population out there who swear the necklaces worked, or were even their own personal teething lifesaver. You know? Good for you. I’m glad you found something that worked. If you want to give them away as shower presents because they worked so great, that’s really no different than any parent praising their own favorite baby product to the skies. Replace “amber teething necklaces” with Miracle Blankets/obscure pacifier brands/gripe water or whatever One Thing we all have that in our minds, is the Greatest Thing Ever because it worked well for our particular baby.

And seriously, I get that I am technically knocking something I have not tried. The most obnoxious thing ever, right? Personally, teething was all over the place for us. Both of my boys were early teethers, and prone to getting teeth rapid-fire, one right after another. Sometimes they’d just wake up with a tooth, like it was no big deal at all…and then the next tooth involved a protracted period of misery and drool and crankiness. I used Tylenol and Motrin sparingly — never in amounts I felt were excessive, but whenever it was undeniable that they were seriously in pain. I used Hyland’s teething tablets, which HA HA IRONY, have now been brought under scrutiny by the FDA. I always thought they did a great job, but — again, HA HA — other parents find them completely useless. (And I imagine the increased popularity of the amber jewelry could go hand in hand with parents trying to find an alternative to the tablets, now that even THOSE have been flagged as worrisome. We cannot win.)

Other than that, we survived teething (including molars!) just fine, with chewy rings and toys and letting them chew on cold washcloths. Ezra liked to gum on nice cold pickles or carrots — supervised, always, while Noah preferred those tried-and-true plain old plastic teething beads. I did own one piece of teething jewelry…for myself. I wore a Smart Mom Teething Bling necklace for Ezra to grab and pull and gnaw on to his heart’s content. We got an amazing amount of traction and entertainment out of that pendant. It was awesome, with no quasi-science involved other than babies like to pull and chew on Mama’s necklaces more than anything already, so why not just wear something kind of cool-looking that makes it okay?

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Amalah is a pseudonym of Amy Corbett Storch. She is the author of the Advice Smackdown and Bounce Back. You can follow Amy’s daily mothering adventures at Ama...

Amalah is a pseudonym of Amy Corbett Storch. She is the author of the Advice Smackdown and Bounce Back. You can follow Amy’s daily mothering adventures at Amalah. Also, it’s pronounced AIM-ah-lah.

If there is a question you would like answered on the Advice Smackdown, please submit it to [email protected].

Amy also documented her second pregnancy (with Ezra) in our wildly popular Weekly Pregnancy Calendar, Zero to Forty.

Amy is mother to rising first-grader Noah, preschooler Ezra, and toddler Ike.

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JCF
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JCF

Okay, usually I agree with Amy, but I’m going with the cliche “don’t knock it till you’ve tried” it line this time. I didn’t use a teething necklace on my first baby, mostly because I was skeptical and didn’t want to shell out $20 or so for something that wouldn’t work. He was a horrendous teether, and we gave him tons of Motrin and Tylenol, which I felt terrible about, but the kid was miserable. My second baby got her first tooth, was miserable, and I broke down and bought one. She never suffered through getting a tooth after that,… Read more »

Shawna
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Shawna

I got my daughter’s necklace there, too.  It worked very well. I never let her sleep in it because I don’t like to sleep in jewelry, so its removal was about comfort, not so much about safety.   She is six now and we still have the necklace.  She doesn’t wear it only because it is too small now.  We bought her a 12″ necklace when she was teething.  It fits her like a choker these days and she says it’s too snug, so it has not been worn in three years or so. I swear by teething necklaces.  My… Read more »

Lenae
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Lenae

The following was posted to facebook. This person is very lucky her child did not strangle to death. The images are scary. ……””Genuine baby sized Amber teething necklace on 21 month old” This is a warning to all my mummy friends. I am feeling so lucky to still have my beautiful girl smiling at me today. For the last 9 months Ellie has worn a amber teething necklace pretty much 24/7 and I swore by them, it really worked for her. I thought she was old enough, there was no hazards in her cot. She would be safe and fine… Read more »

BB
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BB

This could not be more timely for me. I was just reading posts about someone using them on a message board the other day, and was wondering what the heck they were talking about. I totally agree with you about the placebo effect, Amy. But I think I was cut from the same cloth as you and the OP.

Chris
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Chris

Wow, there are a bunch of us out there! I’m actually a scientist (I’m a biologist/toxicologist)/ dirty hippy mom too. I’d like to chime in that I absolutely agree- it’ seems very unlikely that a baby would be getting succinic acid in therapeutic doses by chewing on amber. I’m skeptical, also, about if there actually is any analgesic effect of succinic acid- I did a quick search of the scientific literature, and nothing seems to be jumping out documenting its use as a pain-killer, it looks like it’s more used in the synthesis of other drugs. And honestly, the choking… Read more »

Cassandra Potier Watkins
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Hello I am not a dirty hippy, but do just about all the things that you do for your kids. I come from a family with engineers, doctors and other very logically minded people, not to mention that one side of the family is French and thinks that half of what I do is because I am a crazy Californian. I don’t get on too many bandwagons. So here is our story about how we were won over by the amber necklace. Our baby boy had an awful case of skin rash on his neck from incessant drooling. I kept… Read more »

hilda
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hilda

My pediatrician suggested the same thing for my little guy. Has the same problem too, DROOLER galore. I just ordered one from a good source. I am hoping it helps with the drool. He already wears a bib all day and those can be strangle hazords too. I am planning on removing the necklace at night, though.

Tara
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Tara

Where did you do research to find reputable source? Looking into this now.

Olivia
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Olivia

Haven’t tried the amber necklace because my daughter didn’t seem to have too much trouble teething. The Hylands Teething Tablets worked most of the time (I stalked up and will be using them with the next babe), and when she was really in pain we gave tylenol. We only had to give her that a few times.

Bethany
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Bethany

I tried one of the teething necklaces, and it did absolutely nothing for my daughter (except look cute). I took the necklace back to the store and exchanged it for some cloth diapers, which are actually useful. 🙂

Kim
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Kim

Huh, the neck rash thing. That makes sense. The soothing powers, not so much. But Hyland’s didn’t make sense to me, either. The expensive trendy teething thingy that did? Sophie the Giraffe, or as she’s known around here – Chompers. Bought it for the Big when she was working on molars, because you can work the legs all the way back into the mouth, and the Little just chews on her all the time. Motrin, Orajel, and washcloths filll in the rest.

Caitlyn
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I’m a engineer/skeptic/hippy mommy too, which is why I love reading this blog!  So nice to find someone who seems sane on these issues. I’ve always been thoroughly skeptical of amber teething necklaces (the facts just weren’t adding up) and I’ve been pretty skeptical of teething tablets as well, so I’m glad the FDA is looking into them.  The basic “laws” of homeopathy don’t make any sense (look up “law of similars” and “law of infinitesimals” if you’re curious) so I’m disinclined to trust anything made using those laws.  (A few homeopathic products do work, but it’s by coincidence rather… Read more »

Tara
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Tara

Just an FYI: The FDA, is a government body that actually supports and approves the use of toxic pesticides that are put onto our food, consumed by children everyday, chemicals that are known to cause cancer and have detrimental affects on our own health and the health of the planet, killing bees and pollenators. When the FDA is going to “look into” amber necklaces and see what they think about them, this is not a governing body you can trust to make fair and responsible decisions that affect family health. They are supported and funded by big corporations so in… Read more »

JCF
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JCF

@Cassandra–Interesting to hear about the rash! I hadn’t ever heard that particular use of amber, but I’m glad to hear that works. My son had a terrible rash on his cheeks from teething. I wonder if that would have helped, or if it would have needed to be against the actual skin affected.

@Chris–The necklaces aren’t supposed to be chewed on. They are supposed to rest against the skin, and the succinic acid is absorbed by the skin.

dori
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dori

“…I don’t feel like wading through the fearmonger sites.”

why not? you actually trust the FDA. 

professormama
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professormama

So we’ve never done the amber necklace thing, but both our kids have worn beaded necklaces since shortly after birth.  They slept in them, wore them int eh bath, never took them off, they were not long necklaces, and we never worried or had cause to worry, but the kids slept next to us until they’re almost 3 years old.  I wouldn’t leave a baby alone in a crib with a necklace on, but then again I wouldn’t do it without the necklace. I think cultural practices go together, like for example baby jewelry and co-sleeping.

Sarah
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Sarah

Amalah, I love ya, but you sound a little hypocritical here. Didn’t you tell us all not to put anything lavender on boys skin because of phytoestrogen?And don’t you also avoid parabens and other yucky additives if possible when it comes to skin care? So you obviously believe chemicals CAN be absorbed through the skin, maybe because they are hard beads and not a oil or water base you think they probably don’t work? I have never used them, considering it for child-on-the way. The necklace thing is kinda scary, I don’t think I would leave the babe unsupervised while… Read more »

Sherri
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^Not exactly hippy-ish… Love my Ergo & cloth diaper when I feel like it… Prefer vitamins & herbs to big pharma, but when I’m really sick-o I head straight for the Doc… 😉 Baltic Amber has worked for us! I didn’t discover amber until my 3rd came along… her terrible teething started @ 4 mos. & within about 3 days of initially putting her Amber on her drooling was cut down by 90%, her mood was much more even-keeled & her sleeping was MUCh more restful. I got pregnant with #4 when #3 was only 5 mos. old & my… Read more »

DBV
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DBV

I’m a pediatric registered nurse, crunchy momma of two little boys. My first boy was a pretty good teether & the occasional Tylenol/Motrin did the job. The second boy not so much & NOTHING worked!!! After weeks of night waking every 2 hours, daytime fussiness & horrible drool rash, I caved & bought an amber necklace. Best purchase ever. Pretty sure it’s not the placebo effect as all the aforementioned symptoms return if we happen to take the necklace off for an extended period of time. Please don’t form opinions if you haven’t even tried it yet. I was highly… Read more »

Hannah
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Hannah

Hi Sherri,
Where did you purchase your necklaces? My son is 4 months. What size should I get for him? Thanks!

hilda
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hilda

Hi, I purchased mine from hippiehoopla on etsy. Also mamapotamus (spelling??) has some good posts on amber necklaces. The recomended infant size is 11 to 12 inches. Hope this helps.

Lindsey
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Lindsey

Amen! My husband holds a PhD in biochemistry and works for one of the country’s top labs. He was a major skeptic when I brought it up for our oldest, but after 3 nights in a row of handing him back and forth every 2 hours because of the screaming, he said, “Fine, whatever, we have to try all available options.” Worked like a charm! Less fuss, less drool, better sleep, I’ll take it! We take it off for baths, and if he’s teething and we forget to put it back on, we remember within 10 minutes because the fussiness… Read more »

Sarah
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Sarah

Another fan of Amber here! Our son will ask for his necklace when his teeth are bothering. We don’t give him medication for his pain so I was glad to find something that seemed to help.
When first purchased we thought it was cute but probably wouldn’t work. However you can tell when he has it off just how much it HAS been working!

His rashes clear up, less drool, sleeps better (we also co-sleep) and longer and is in much less discomfort.

knocking a product before trying it and then knocking it publicly? Lame.

Emily
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Emily

I’m tempted to try it just for the drooling help! I know I’m going to have to get over my ick of drooling and other messy things.. but I’m not there yet. Speaking of countries with baby jewelry – anyone ever use baby rings? A lot of people with French ancestry responded above. My husband’s side is French and they gave me his mothers and his grandmother’s baby rings. I don’t know when to use them and sorta afraid she’ll lose them or swallow them.

Susan
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Susan

I bought a teething necklace for Snackbox when he was about 8 months old and it appeared all of his teeth were going to come in at once. I never left it on him during naps or at night, and once he discovered he could pull it out from under his shirt and chew on it (~10 months) I stopped putting it on him. I think it helped somewhat, but so did dosing him with Tylenol EVERYSINGLENIGHT. Oh, and Orajel? That stuff is horrible – it numbs Baby’s throat so they can’t swallow very well – talk about a choking… Read more »

Anna
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Anna

We using amber necklace for last 4 months and difference is huge, finally we can get some sleep. It works for our son (11 months), don’t know if it will work for everybody, but have to try at least.
P.S. I got from ambercraftstore.com, but there is more stores course, but they ship for free and tax is included.

Jen
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Jen

@JCF: actually, I’ve heard the lighter colors of amber have the highest concentration of succinic acid or that color doesn’t really matter. The raw amber is what has the highest concentration of succinic acid and what I would recommend since polished amber is easier to fake.

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Renee
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I used a small amount of clove oil on my teeth when I had my wisdom teeth removed as a teenager. It worked wonderfully. I forgot about it until I stumbled on a blog post on a herbal blog I follow recommending it for teething babies. I plan on using clove oil when my little one starts teething.
Here is the link, hope this helps! http://www.growingupherbal.com/2013/01/the-best-essential-oil-for-teeth/

Jamie
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Jamie

Clove oil is dangerous for small children and babies. It is definitely not recommended. Please research negative reactions before you give your child any essential oils. They can have negative side effects just like big pharma meds.

Ande Spenser
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I heard about these necklaces a couple days ago when my employee told me about them. I’m like, uh, are you serious? But today a customer called and asked if we had amber baby teething necklaces, so I thought I’d do a little research. It just sounds like new age woo-woo to me. I am a qualified expert in new age woo-woo. I own and run a metaphysical shop where we deal in woo-woo all day long. But we have a definite line we will not cross when it comes to medical issues such as pain relief. Are there any… Read more »

Lisa-Jayne Jones
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Lisa-Jayne Jones

Hi there! I know your post regarding teething beads is over two years old, but I’ve only jut come across it and just had to respond. My daughter is turning one in a few days and so far, only has two bottom teeth through. The first one was awful! She was so upset, her sleep (and mine) was disturbed, she was drooling like a Bulldog; you know, the usual story. Like all other mums I tried everything; gels: granules: toys to chew on: cloths to suck on: nothing relieved her symptoms enough to improve out quality of life. Finally, as… Read more »

John
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John

I have used this for my 15 month old daughter since since she started teething and this product is a god send. We were recommended by a friend so we bought it with a lot of doubt. After a while we didn’t notice our daughter being bothered by her teething so we took the necklace off and she cried blue murder so we put it back on and she was fine. We did this on numerous occasions to see if she was just attached to necklace or if it actually helped. A couple days of not wearing it, her gums… Read more »

wastatemom
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wastatemom

my cousin used frozen blueberries with his girls. I plan to. my guy is 3 months. no teeth yet. plus I am waiting til 6 months for solids. but I have infant Tylenol to give if he really really needs it…

kristy
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kristy

I don’t know if I quite believe in the necklaces myself but why should we believe in what you just said over what the makers of real amber necklaces say? Your obviously really biased about this when you have no experience on the matter. Just trying to do my own research.

Ruby
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Ruby

I was a skeptic. But my baby was having a HORRIBLE time with teething, and none of the things I was trying were helping. Not. One. Bit. So I figured I didn’t have a whole lot to lose by trying something else. I borrowed an amber teething necklace from a friend – just to try it out. And it helped! *insert happy mama sigh here* First time my mother saw Baby Girl after I had put the amber necklace on her, she commented “Man, she’s so mellow today!” (And my mom had no way of knowing she had a teething… Read more »

Eziekle Crafts
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Eziekle Crafts

DON’T PUT AMBER ON YOUR BABY. DON’T LET IT TEETH ON IT. Amber has ancient bugs that tend to be in a dormant state where they don’t need oxygen. If you baby ingests these preserved ancient bugs they might get ancient scabies of some other infestation that science isn’t prepared for.Before the meteor that killed dinosaurs hit there were all kinds of nasty kritters.It seems to increase your risk of catching lyme disease or morgellons disease which feeds on the amber resin and just loves acids, which this article states amber contains. Make lavendar shampoo with no chemicals and your… Read more »

Kristie
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Kristie

Hey there, A comment on the Scientific Process. Just a reminder on what IS the Scientific Process. 1. Ask a Question-  Hmmm. What could help in teething? 2. Do Background Research- Many options; Tylenol, Amber necklaces, magnets, etc. 3. Construct a Hypothesis- So many moms are having “sucsess” with the Amber Necklaces… it’s worth a try. 4. Test Your Hypothesis by Doing an Experiment- Let’s put one on Jr when he’s experiencing heightened teething symptoms, or leave it off, put it on again, leave it on for an extended period of teething, and see if the teething difficulties resume in… Read more »

tbopalu
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tbopalu

except that is not really how good science works (i.e. not repeatable, lack of control group, etc)

Megan Stork
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Megan Stork

I’m not a dirty hippy, but was raised by them lol. I’m expecting my third and looking into the Amber teething necklaces. I was pretty shocked to see that they weren’t to chew on and even more shocked that the baby was to wear them 24/7. I liked the teething tablets and loved the frozen washcloth. Guess I will be sticking with the old standbys. 

DSB
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DSB

I think you might want to rethink your definition of “scientific process.” You have completed oversimplified it. I’m not going to go into concepts like controls, validity, repeatability, etc. As the vast majority of women posting here don’t care about reliable evidence. Suffice it to say, the plural of anecdote is not data. Wrapping beads around an infant’s neck based on dubious claims of benefit is just…I can’t even find a polite way to put it. UGH!

Sommer
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Sommer

I’ve been considering trying one of these. I don’t think they are a choking hazard since the beads are so small (I know some people who have these for their children) and there are typically knots in between each bead to prevent more than one bead from coming off in case of breakage. I am reading conflicting messages about the benefits, and then criticism such as yours and this article: http://autismum.com/2012/10/29/amber-teething-necklaces/ I do agree that there is some concern about strangulation, though I am admittedly a worrywart. My 4 1/2 month old baby, our third child, is starting to drool… Read more »

Cara
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Cara

Great writing here. Most parents don’t understand how to draw a scientific conclusion (the previous comments prove that.) Instead they’re more willing to go with anecdotal and personal experiences without realizing that everything from “this thing on me distracted me…” could be mitigating their baby’s teething experience to just the ups and downs of teething. No, it’s not as simple as ‘try it, oh, it seemed to help, conclusion, this helps!” It’s as complicated as sample size, control groups, making sure they’re all in the same sort of teething pain, fake amber necklaces the parents are not told are fake… Read more »

jenny
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jenny

Ive been reading a lot of different blogs/ sites on these beads but have yet to try them..however given how upset my baby is at the minute id definitely give them a try. The topic is one which seems to invoke extreme reactions in some people. I can understand if people don’t want to try them everyone has their own reason for or against however obnoxious posts like the one above from Cara really dont help. .they just make u look snide and judgemental.

Heather
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Heather

I really don’t give a hoot about the scientific process – too many scientists don’t get published until some political agenda has been fulfilled. Cynical? Perhaps. Also, I’m crunchy, but not dirty. I guess I am a pragmatist as my first 2 daughters suffered very extensively with teething and my 3rd daughter was given an amber necklace and has only suffered when it was lost at the in-laws for 4 days. She wears it constantly and I am never worried about it being a suffocation issue.That is enough of a experiential testimonial for me to be searching Google for a… Read more »

Zach
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Zach

Hello. Stay at home dad here, not a hippie, I have a 3 month old almost 4 months. Up until a week ago my son was very screamy, wanted to chew on bottles and pacifiers not just suck, wouldn’t sleep, wouldn’t nap, wouldn’t eat normal amounts. I’m very skeptical of non-scientific, non-medical for religious reasons. I struggled with the thought of putting some form of stone with “magical healing powers” on my son. But, like any parent who loves their kid, and would like a break from screaming and crying we gave it a try. After a week, the result… Read more »

Carrie
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Carrie

I am a preschool teacher in an infant room and was doing some research on this subject and came across this page. A mother came in and insisted her daughter needed this amber necklace and it was not for looks and the school NEEDED to let her use it. Thank goodness I had at least heard of this amber neckace thing because my co-teachers thought this lady was off her rocker and had no idea what she was talking about.  My hands are tied in some ways because I cannot allow anything that goes against state licensing in my classroom,… Read more »

Lisette Riveira
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Lisette Riveira

All these well meaning people really miss the point! Who would knowingly put their child in danger? Besides the fact that peolle selling these beads are breaking THE LAW! By law any baby or child product must be tested and comply with minimum standards. These do not! There are other ways to deal with teething. If you cannot take the heat of being a parent on this one thing then don’t!

A.B.
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A.B.

You’re just being rude with that last sentence.  And I hope you’re not a lawyer, because your understanding seems a bit lacking.  Parenting is a very personal issue and you should really try to be more open minded to people raising their children the way they want to.

lalaty
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lalaty

I came upon this post seeking some sort of discussion on WHY the necklace my 3 year old is wearing has worked. Because it has. Dramatically so. In brief I am the same kind of mum as the mum who asked the initial question, and you too, Amalah. A conscientious, fact-seeking, natural living parenting type. So I have read this post with great interest and have had to add my own anecdotal evidence here (my ‘two cents’!). My son is a 3 year old with sleep apnoea, due to enlarged tonsils and adenoids (a genetic ‘gift!). He is on a… Read more »

Meagan
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Meagan

FYI — your link to the Teething Bling on Amazon now redirects to amber necklaces, because of the search terms. How’s THAT for irony?

Isabel Kallman
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Thanks for the heads up on that. I fixed the link.

tasha b
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tasha b

I don’t put them around my babys necks till about 6 months.. before that I use it around the ankle. My son used to get terrible rashes on his neck and face. He started using a genuine RAW baltic amber necklace around his neck at 6 months old and within a week his rashes went away. and have stayed away since. So it works for us. I have also noticed that his “chicken skin” has really diminished as well. Not all the way.. but it’s better than it ever has been.  And about the placebo effect….. a baby has no… Read more »

Jessica
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Jessica

Ok guys, I’ve been researching the bejeezus out of this. I can’t find one single documented incident of a necklace related death or injury. Everyone I know that has tried them swears by them. My (dramatic, intense, fussy) daughter doesn’t even know she’s wearing a necklace but her rashes and flushed cheeks went away after she started wearing it. Drooling is still epic. The boutique I bought from recommended sizing so that while on it can’t get to her mouth, taking it off for naps, baths, and at night, and a safety release clasp. Good luck!

bud flux
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bud flux

Faithless naysayers look for the negative. Placebo or not, if it works, it works. Go ahead and listen to the profit driven pharmaceutical companies and like sheep obey. Thousands of years of successful and safe use show that it is more than placebo.

Kazu
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Kazu

Get a grip. Necklaces are not choking hazards. Should babies also wear a straight jacket and crash helmets 24/7?

Shawna
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Shawna

What’s with all the comments about being crunchy, being a hippie, being a dirty hippie, not being a dirty hippie, etc.?  Why does it matter?  A person’s opinion of something should be considered as long as the person has experience.  I have tried these, and they work.  I even have one of my own that I bought when I bought my daughter’s.  They were purchased from Inspired by Finn six years ago.  Hopefully she is still in business.  She makes a good product.  I found her on a cloth diapering forum. Anyway, our backgrounds should not matter.  The necklaces either… Read more »

Jcor
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Jcor

I like to hear both the positive and negative side to anything new when it comes to baby products. You have a lot of great information and I enjoyed reading it. But you just sound angry. I got lucky with my son, he never drooled, never acted like he was in pain and he got multiple teeth at a time. My daughter? Now she’s different. She’s only 3 months and she is drooling so much we have to change her bibs almost every half hour. I don’t always believe in Tylenol and teething tablets are a joke. Seeing as how… Read more »

Rebecca C
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Rebecca C

Whatever you believe about amber (I think it is pretty, but not medicine), the argument that you can’t have an opinion about it until you try it is hilariously flawed. I mean, seriously, do all of you experiment on your children with EVERYTHING before you decide you don’t believe in something? All that awful advice that we all get from well-meaning grandmothers or rude strangers, you try it all? You never dismiss something, even the most ridiculous of things, out of hand because it makes zero sense? I feel for your kids…

rebecca
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rebecca

Give the baby a beaded necklace and you will have the same effect. The beads most likely feel good on the gums as it gives a messaging motion.

Michelle
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Michelle

It doesn’t have anything to do with feeling good on the gums. They aren’t supposed to put the jewelry in their mouth. The idea is for it to be against their skin.

Nicole
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Nicole

I swear by baltic amber it is amazing my son 13 months has had one on for 10 months of his life the first 2 teething were constant screaming fever horrible diaper rash up every hour at night oy! I bought the supplies and made it for him myself. I got hemp, certified baltic amber beads, and 5 screw clasps as I figured if it worked for him and friends and family were interested I’d make a few more. A week after we started the screaming stopped the diaper rash cleared and never came back no fevers and sleeping through… Read more »

Nicole
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Nicole

And YOU DO NOT CHEW ON THESE THEY ARE ONLY MEANT TO BE WORN.

Ashley Donahue
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Ashley Donahue

I have one for my youngest I’ve had it since he was an infant and it is by far the best money I ever spent. My son would scream his gums would swell and bleed when he was teething so I figured I’d try the necklace bcuz what could it hurt at that point. He is three now STILL wears that necklace and I have had zero issues with teething since about a week after I bought it. I haven’t even known he was teething till I spotted the tooth coming in.

Heather
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Heather

Our pediatrician informed us that the Hyland Teething Tablets were recalled by the FDA and Orajel is not being recommended due to: 1) Numbing the back of the throat disrupting the swallowing reflex and 2) There is an ingredient that is shown to be rather toxic to children.

For babies that truly struggle with teething, there are few options outside the realm of is in relieving medicines and good ‘ol fashioned teethers. Toying with the idea of trying the amber beads. However, for my piece of mind, no wearing them while sleeping.

Heather
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Heather

Pain relieving*