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Stuckunderababy Mon 06-Jan-14 19:51:13

Ok, ok, I am the world's biggest sceptic and am well aware there is no scientific evidence to show they work, but I have the teething baby from hell and am desperate!! So many people swear by them that my 'bollocks' stance is starting to wane.

So, is it a placebo and you just blame the baby being grumpy on something else, or should I part with 15 of my hard earned pounds for the miracle cure?

lilyaldrin Mon 06-Jan-14 19:52:51

Of course it doesn't "work", and personally I don't like jewellery on small children, but if you want to, why not. Why not find something cheaper and really believe in that instead though wink

sofahogger Mon 06-Jan-14 19:57:27

both my children had them and teething was a breeze.If you do get them be prepared to get judged for letting your baby wear a necklace which could be a choking hazard. Mine are still very much alive and where I come from in Europe they are the norm.

UriGeller Mon 06-Jan-14 19:57:55

My dd has one, my friend is a jeweller and made it as a gift. I don't know about the science behind it but she likes to play with it and I like amber, its pretty and feel wonderfully warm to touch. It looked gorgeous in the summer around her chubby little ankle.

Get one if you want, they make a nice babys keepsake. As far as teething goes, I prefer the predictability of calpol grin

PedlarsSpanner Mon 06-Jan-14 19:58:40

yes it is a placebo, for you not baby

also a choking hazard whatever anybody says about oh but each bead is knotted yadda yadda; one bead is all it takes innit

the supposed analgesic, is released from the amber at temps of c 200 degrees centigrade, now you ain't gonna be putting summat so hot anywhere near your baby; the supposed analgesic is untested so hmmm would you, could you, take a chance on using an unregulated drug on your baby? Nope nope nope

Allergies notwithstanding, don't be afraid to administer calpol/brufen along with cool things to suck on (frozen wet flannel for eg)

MadeOfStarDust Mon 06-Jan-14 20:01:11

totally agree with PedlarsSpanner - why on earth would you want to use one..

Bunbaker Mon 06-Jan-14 20:02:32

"both my children had them and teething was a breeze"

DD didn't have one, and teething was a breeze. I think it just depends on the child. You can buy teething rings that you can put in the fridge if you don't want to go to the expense of an amber necklace.

lilyaldrin Mon 06-Jan-14 20:03:24

My children wore blue socks and teething was a breeze.

MadeOfStarDust Mon 06-Jan-14 20:04:56

grin grin lilyaldrin

ChampagneTastes Mon 06-Jan-14 20:06:14

Yep it's bollocks. I personally do think they're potentially hazardous (I'm sure lots of care is taken to make them safer but seriously, is it worth the risk?) Calpol worked and teething granules (which are also bollocks really but he liked the texture).

FortyDoorsToNowhere Mon 06-Jan-14 20:07:16

ashton and parson was my friend with DD teething.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ashton-Parsons-Infant-Powders-Teething/dp/B008DSKISA

they was a lot cheaper 4 years ago

FortyDoorsToNowhere Mon 06-Jan-14 20:07:26

www.amazon.co.uk/Ashton-Parsons-Infant-Powders-Teething/dp/B008DSKISA

Selvedge Mon 06-Jan-14 20:07:55

Fellow sceptic here, thought it was probably a load of hokey bullshit, and fully expected to be calling it a waste of a tenner. 24 hours after putting it on my ds had a super calm, chilled and happy baby. We didn't take it off until he started at nursery and the rules stated no jewellery.

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Mon 06-Jan-14 20:08:12

Tis a placebo. Will also identify you as a tampon knitting lentil weaver.

They are pretty though smile

DurhamDurham Mon 06-Jan-14 20:10:42

My dd's both breezed their way through teething, they just didn't suffer. Every now and then a tooth would appear. The fact that a baby breezed through teething with an amber bracelet just happens to be a coincidence smile

heartisaspade Mon 06-Jan-14 20:11:25

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EricNorthmanIsMyMaker Mon 06-Jan-14 20:12:38

Both my kids have them (my 4 year old still wears his as he likes it on). Teething was awful before he had it & was hardly noticeable after.
Get one from a reputable company, make sure its double knotted & has a safety clasp.

Cheesyslice Mon 06-Jan-14 20:14:15

What a load of shit. And they look hideous.

coco44 Mon 06-Jan-14 20:14:21

I really wouldn't

PedlarsSpanner Mon 06-Jan-14 20:17:31

those who do use them:

what do you think about how the supposed analgesic works?

or rather, how do you think they (the amber beads) work?

ElleBellyBeeblebrox Mon 06-Jan-14 20:19:18

I thought it was a load of shit, but ordered one anyway for miserable ds who seems to be really struggling with teeth bless him. (Not a necklace, an anklet)
Now he's worn it a week or two I still think it's a load of shit, doesn't seem to make one jot of difference to him, if anything I think it bugs him.
Anything's worth a try when they're miserable but I've found it a waste of money. Good luck!

ChristmasYoni Mon 06-Jan-14 20:19:21

Get a little anklet and put it under a sock, no choking hazard and nobody can see it to pass comment! Personally I think mine worked for my youngest, teething was a nightmare then 24hours after putting it on...perfect! Kept it on for about 5 more teeth and had no problems :-) I got a bracelet but put it around the ankle so there was no chance of it falling off or being tugged etc if it was always safely tucked away in a sock or trouser leg

MadeOfStarDust Mon 06-Jan-14 20:20:31

they don't just look hideous, and dangerous - they don't exactly look hygienic either - babies chewing on bits of string basically - round their ankles where they end near their nappies at change time, rolling about on the floor etc... ewww.... yes I KNOW amber has anti-whatever properties when heated and will give the benefit of the doubt on that - but the string doesn't!!

CoteDAzur Mon 06-Jan-14 20:21:48

YABU. And you are not the world's greatest sceptic. That would be someone who trusts his brain more than the collective "wisdom" of many gullible strangers.

salonmeblowy Mon 06-Jan-14 20:31:12

As my name suggests, I come from a country rich in amber, where amber is cheap and worn all the time. I only ever heard of amber necklaces being good for teething when I had DS in the UK and I nearly laughed my head off.

It is bollocks. And unethical bollocks at that, because they target you at your most vulnerable, when you are delusional with sleep deprivation and desperate to stop the incessant screaming.

I promise this will pass, but please spend your money elsewhere. Calpol, perhaps, and maybe Nurofen too.

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