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Baltic Amber Teething necklace - any good?

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ains73 Fri 06-May-11 20:48:12

Does anyone have experience with baltic amber teething necklace/anklets? Do you rate them and where is the best place to buy them?

Also, fancy the anklet as would prefer it not to be so visible. Are they are good as the necklaces?

LaTristesse Fri 06-May-11 21:50:42

I recommend them 100%! my DS has worn his since 5mo when he struggled cutting his first tooth. He's now 14mo, has 13 teeth and has never struggled since, including cutting all 4 molars together. Some people like the anklets to put on at night rather than the baby sleeping in a necklace, but I just wrap his necklace round his ankle. I've recommended them to about 6 friends now who also report much more settled babies!
Tip: if the child starts to struggle with teething, warm the necklace up on a radiator.
I bought ours online here

bb99 Fri 06-May-11 21:57:47

How do they work - do the children chew them?

RitaMorgan Fri 06-May-11 22:00:13

No I think they're supposed to give off some magic energy field or something aren't they?

TheSydenhamSet Fri 06-May-11 22:06:08

they are anaelsagic (sorry, hopeless speller). ie they have healing properties within that are absorbed by the skin. Hence you have to wear them next to skin to get any effect from them.

i have friends who swear by them. have a cute necklace for dd which she wears when i remember!

singersgirl Sat 07-May-11 17:21:35

So how does that work then? What analgesic properties does amber have and why doesn't everyone with chronic pain condition wear amber bracelets?

singersgirl Sat 07-May-11 17:50:01

Mmm. Now I've read a bit about them and am even more sceptical. Firstly, since succinic acid (the so-called active ingredient in amber) has a melting point of 185 degrees C I can't see how a baby's body heat or a radiator could possibly release any of it. Secondly, even if it did, why is it a good idea to have uncontrolled amounts of any drug entering your baby's bloodstream? Apparently the acid is corrosive and combustible, so would probably cause quite a lot of damage to the skin. Why not go for a known dosage of paracetamol? Thirdly, if succinic acid is such a good analgesic, why aren't there lots of pain relievers on the market containing it?

QuintessentialPains Sat 07-May-11 17:54:10

because it is humbug. Thas why. grin

singersgirl Sat 07-May-11 18:04:28

wink

LaTristesse Sat 07-May-11 20:20:17

Well skeptics, say what you want, but my DS doesn't know about the placebo effect and is a happy, toothy toddler. Sure he might not have suffered with his teeth anyway, but for £14 isn't it worth a try?
That whole copper bracelet thing seems like bunkum to some, but people swear by them too...

RamblingRosa Sat 07-May-11 20:25:15

I don't buy it myself but then I never tried one so I can't say.

Just don't like the idea of a necklace on a baby more than anything. Also don't see how it can possibly work.

LadyInTheRadiat0r Sat 07-May-11 20:27:39

LaTristesse the placebo affect is well documented on children and even pets.

I really want to buy one but I know it is woo so I just can't bring myself to buy into it. I would feel embarrassed explaining to anyone, with a straight face, that the amber is releasing oils into my DD to ease her pain.

deemented Sat 07-May-11 20:29:55

All my three have amber necklaces. All three of them have cut teeth fairly painlessly.

Sceptics will say that it's nowt but woo, but i think they work, and really for only a few quid each theres no real harm if they are woo.

rosiebt Sat 07-May-11 20:41:14

I used one for ds1 as he started to become symptomatic of teething- red cheeks, dribbly and grizzly and I was recomended the amber by a french friend and he never again had problems with his teeth! Honestly!!

Dh was very sceptical but having seen the results he now is convinced too.

My 12 week old ds2 is wearing necklace now. So I think it is worth trying

LaTristesse Sat 07-May-11 22:19:26

Sorry ladyintheradiator but he's a baby, he doesn't even know he has a necklace on, let alone it being there to make him feel better!

singersgirl Sat 07-May-11 22:36:42

No, but you know he has a necklace on, so you are more likely to dismiss possible teething symptoms as something else - or perhaps when children don't have a necklace on, people are more likely to interpret normal baby whinging as teething.. Neither of my children ever suffered noticeably from teething and neither of them every wore an amber necklace. So I could argue that not wearing an amber necklace stops teething pain hmm.

RitaMorgan Sun 08-May-11 07:18:00

Sorry, so these things are supposed to release oil/acid into your baby's bloodstream? Are they safe? Have they been properly tested for use in babies?

LadyInTheRadiat0r Sun 08-May-11 08:43:07

Yes LaTristesse I get that, as I said, the placebo effect can occur in children (even babies) and pets. Perhaps it is wishful thinking on your part that the necklace is 'working' and therefore you measure his symptoms more optimistically, or that using the necklace makes you feel more relaxed about him teething and he unknowingly picks up on this and in turn 'seems' better. Or perhaps his teething symptoms improved on their own and you attribute this to the necklace.

Or is magic oil really more believable? hmm

shrinkingnora Sun 08-May-11 09:09:31

Analgesic means pain relieving not that 'they have healing properties that pass through skin'.

KickArseQueen Sun 08-May-11 09:17:48

Actually its scientifically proven. smile Amber contain succinic acid. I reccomend that you do try it if you have chronic pain and it also has a calming effect so is very helpful for children with ASD and ADHD.

Maybe reading this will help ease any worrys you may have about using it with babies or children.

http://www.chamberofcommerce.pl/amber-succinic-acid/

The biggest problem that you can have is people selling fake amber or reconstituted amber.

This lady on ebay has genuine ones, I have one from her and I checked it.

http://stores.ebay.co.uk/Cupcakes-Amber-Teething-Necklaces?_trksid=p4340.l2563

HTH

KickArseQueen Sun 08-May-11 09:20:12

Sorry, not been on here for a while and I've messed up my links! blush!

link 1
www.chamberofcommerce.pl/amber-succinic-acid/

Link 2

stores.ebay.co.uk/Cupcakes-Amber-Teething-Necklaces?_trksid=p4340.l2563

bows!!!

messybessie Sun 08-May-11 09:24:30

I pretty much passed of any misery in my children as 'I think it's his teeth'.

If they had been wearing a necklace, I would have had to invent a new reason.

KickArseQueen Sun 08-May-11 09:38:56

LOL!!! You might have found the solution to the real problem then!!! Amber does help with more than just teething smile

MyLifeIsChaotic Sun 08-May-11 09:54:19

Message withdrawn

singersgirl Sun 08-May-11 11:36:02

KickArseQueen, those links take us to sites selling amber products. Funnily enough, they all promote amber.

The scientific studies they link too are not investigating the analgesic effects of succinic acid nor suggesting that it can be extracted by body heat from solid amber. There is no peer reviewed double-blind large scale study available on the benefits of amber teething necklaces nor the mechanism by which they work.

"Nobody ever agrees"...There is no argument to do to death. There is no argument. It's clearly rubbish and it's just annoying to me that people give these charlatans money.

Even if amber does contain a substance that, when extracted, has some pharmaceutical applications (and they mostly seem to be about heart disease, though I'm not going to waste any more time on it), it's not going to be transmitted from a lump of rock into a baby's bloodstream. And if it were, it would be potentially very dangerous. And it could also be used for all pain relief in hospitals for example.

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