Amber Necklaces on Babies: Why?

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I don't think jewelry belongs on babies. There, I said it. No earrings, no necklaces, no bracelets, certainly no rings. I saw a baby in a grocery store once decked out in a gold necklace that said "BABY" on the charm (ya think?), a gold ring, a gold chain bracelet, and one earring. This boy also had Puma shoes on, and his parents were equally decked out. It was obvious that personal appearance was of the utmost important to them, including bling for babies, but all I could think of was: Choking hazard! Strangulation hazard!

So when women on the Internet started showing pictures of their kids' necklaces, all I could think was, "What the heck?" I noticed too that all the necklaces looked similar. So I asked, and it turns out there was an answer I didn't expect:

The amber teething necklaces were to help with teething pain and other discomfort. And no, I don't mean a necklace they chew on, but just the presence of the necklace itself.

Rowan was an easy teether -- in fact, he barely noticed. Aurora on the other hand really struggled, and I don't do teething tablets or Orajel, but I thought this sounded interesting. You can get them on Etsy's Inspired by Finn. Before I bought into it, or spent my money on a necklace for a baby, I wanted to learn a little about them.

First, I learned it can't just be any amber, but it needs to be baltic amber. This particular amber resin has the highest concentration of succinic acid, and the lighter, milkier the amber, the higher concentration of the acid as well. This acid is naturally found in plants and animals, and plays a large role in the Krebs cycle (aka the citric acid cycle) in the body -- the system that processes oxygen for everything that requires it, in extremely simplified terms. This acid in solid form is a colorless crystalline powder or solid, and is what is present in these teething necklaces.

So, how does it help? The idea is that against the skin, the acids are absorbed into the body (so the necklace is meant to be worn under clothes, not over for looks), and these acids help the baby deal with teething pain or other aches, and it even works for adults. Scientifically speaking, succinic acid is used in medications as an anti-inflammatory, fever reducer, anti-spasmer, and even a sedative.

We know that the skin absorbs as much, if not more, than the digestive tract. So, honestly, it's not that far fetched of an idea that this acid that already exists in your body and is scientifically proven to help reduce discomfort could be absorbed by the body and aid in teething pain.

Pretty cool, huh? I caught an awesome sale on Inspired by Finn's Facebook page and got Aurora a teething necklace. I was still seriously concerned about choking, but the necklaces are all made so that they would break under pressure, and they also have an individual knot between each bead so that if the necklace did break, only one bead would come off. They're small enough too that if she did pick up and swallow the bead, it's entirely harmless ... they're about 1/2 to 1/3 the size of a pea, so choking isn't even possible really either. As far as strangulation, knowing it's made to break helps, and I take it off when she sleeps. Sometimes I've forgotten or she's napping on me and I don't bother, and I have to say, my friends were right ... seeing it on her makes me more comfortable with it because it's never ever gotten tight around her throat, certainly not enough to concern me.

The burning question: Does it work?

Honestly? I'm not sure. It could be sheer coincidence, but I actually think it does. In fact, on fussy days if we forget to put her necklace on, we'll go find it and get it on her right away. The scientific evidence definitely leans in favor of the necklaces, and next time she has a big sale, I'm buying one for me (my son wants one as well), and I'll be a little bit better of a judge of effectiveness, though many adults swear by the benefits as well. Plenty of moms love them, as reviews of the necklaces make crystal clear.

There are plenty of skeptics, though, who call it stupid, dangerous, and a crock. Then again, there are skeptics for everything, even scientifically accepted facts.

So now, my baby wears a necklace. No earrings or rings for years though ... no, not even if they made amber ones.

Have you tried an amber teething necklace for your baby? Do you think it works?


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ocmom... ocmommy2two

I had one for my daughter. She wore it for about a year before one last tug on it finally broke it. Considering she had 12 teeth by 12 months, I think it worked because I don't remember having a lot of issues with her and teething.

Lynette Lynette

dd has a Hazelwood necklace for her eczema and a amber anklet for teething/ issues w/ her foot.  I have an amber necklace myself.  It helps me a little, but I'm thinking for my neck issues maybe I should try adding a amber bracelet.  Basically for myself I want to up my dose.  Also for my almost 5yr old I would like to get him a hazelwood necklace to see if it would make any difference for his skin issues and to strengthen his kidneys (I think he might have a slight eczema & sometimes bedwetts).

Mommy... MommyLady

We didn't know about them with our older two, but we used it with Rowan, our youngest, and yes, it worked.  Her teething was so much easier than that of her older siblings.  I myself can attest to Baltic amber being wonderful.  I have been dealing with early onset RA since I was 17, and managing the pain is the best I've ever done.  I bought myself a pair of anklets from Inspired By Finn, and I have literally had no pain in my ankles since about an hour after I put them on.  I'm currently waiting for my bracelets to come in the mail, impatiently.

Lynette Lynette

oh and I didn't realise how much the amber really was helping me till one night I forgot to put it on before going to bed and oh my gosh I had to get up in the middle of the night to put it back on.  My shoulder was hurting w/out it.

Amand... Amanda_Jeanne

I have an amber anklet for my son (the idea of a necklace didn't make me feel warm and fuzzy, the whole strangulation possibility, even though the Inspired by Finn ones are made safer) and I think it has helped him. Prior to getting it, when he broke new teeth, he would be miserable and up multiple times a night in pain. After getting this, he started to break his molars and he had about 4 teeth coming in all at once and remained surprisingly mellow throughout it. I never had to break out the Orajel, Tylenol, teething tablets, etc. Like you, it could just be a coincidence, but I think it's doing a good job!

Beths... Bethsunshine

I wonder if an amber neckace would help with my migraines.

Capta... CaptainMcMommy

I got one for DD and it seems to be helping. She still has crabby days, but not nearly as many as before. I got 2 more from babyhalfoff.com. 1 for me and 1 for MIL. They're technically the baby necklaces, but we wear them wrapped around as a bracelet. I don't know if it's helping MIL I need to ask still. It did help tremendously with cramps for me! Usually I'm popping 2 Aleve every 8 hours on the dot and still feel miserable. Last AF I didn't take any. It hasn't helped with my headaches. I haven't gotten as many, but I'm still getting them just as painful.


I told my stepmom about them and she's interested in some for her knees. She has bad knees and has recently has surgery on 1 and will have the other knee done before Thanksgiving.

KTMOM KTMOM

I never knew about them when my son was a baby and he never made a peep while he was teething. I think I might get one for myself for my neck issues. hmmmm

Beths... Bethsunshine

I think I'm going to get one for my migraines. I've tried everything else. What the heck, right? Besides, they are pretty, and it might help and it certainly won't hurt!!

Pishyah Pishyah

I put it on her and she instantly calmed down when we first got it. She was teething something horrid. I bought her a new one when she learned to pull the magnetic one off. She was asleep and my wrist was hurting. I figured, "what the hey?" So, I gave it a whirl on my wrist. It HONESTLY worked! I was shocked! For her, I thought that I'd try anything (that didn't seem harmful) to help with her pain. I was so shocked when it worked and I put it on a spot of hubs' back that was hurting when he got home. He didn't think it worked on the baby but gave in to me and laughed when I told him that it made my wrist stop hurting. It worked for his back, though. : )

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