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Amber anklets - for teething

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Craftycakey15 Mon 30-Jan-17 20:07:43

Can anyone recommend an amber company that sells anklets to prevent teething pain? Do they work? My three month is dribbling a lot Snd starting to put her hands in her mouth all the time. I'm sure it's just her stage of development but just in case, I'd like her to start wearing one soon if it's helpful. Thanks

NickyEds Mon 30-Jan-17 21:14:05

It's a load of bullshit. Buy yourself a nice necklace instead!

Craftycakey15 Mon 30-Jan-17 21:18:58

Ha! Have you tried it?

lorelairoryemily Mon 30-Jan-17 21:24:17

Nickygrin** you are so right!! Bought one for ds(10months) had it on him from 6 weeks, first tooth appeared at 17wks, no major trauma, bit of teetha, same with 2nd and 3rd and we thought it was amazing!! Then he discovered how to take it off so we stopped using it, made NO difference!! Box of teetha granules does the job!!

MrsPatrickDempsey Mon 30-Jan-17 21:25:10

No robust scientific evidence supporting their effectiveness. Anecdotally someone may have a positive story.

BossWitch Mon 30-Jan-17 21:25:35

Total balls op - please don't buy one!

ErrolTheDragon Mon 30-Jan-17 21:25:53

https://scienceornot.net/2012/10/30/amber-necklaces-and-teething-babies/

EdenX Mon 30-Jan-17 21:26:45

Oh come on, magic bracelets? How could they possibly 'work'?

InfinityPlusOne Mon 30-Jan-17 21:29:55

Don't waste your money, they don't work. Teething is an annoying but temporary issue and you don't need to tackle it with expensive woo products.

BTW teetha is another product that has no special powers. It works because it's very sweet and this distracts the baby. Who doesn't like a mouthful of sweet stuff? Sugar has actually been shown to provide some minor help with pain in small children.

The only things that actually work against the pain are things that temporarily numb the gums like cold teethers, frozen washcloths to chew on etc and calpol/pain relief if they are really suffering.

NickyEds Mon 30-Jan-17 21:30:51

Nope. Don't need to. There is no physical way an amber anklet can affect teething pain! Calpol, baby ibuprofen, anbesol, calgel are all good when used appropriately (age restrictions etc). My ds used to like the fluid filled teether you put in the fridge too.

SooDeNimm Mon 30-Jan-17 21:31:52

it's complete and utter nonsense OP. Do your DD a favour and get her some nurofen or bonjela or something.

elfycat Mon 30-Jan-17 21:35:00

You know what? It isn't going to hurt to get an amber anklet. It will either

a) do nothing
or
b) help

I used amber when DD2 had the most miserable teething whinging that anyone had seen. 3 weeks went by when she (and I) didn;t sleep for more than an hour at a time. DH was working away and thought I was kidding. He got back and within a week was on his knees with exhaustion. We used calpol, iburofen, teetha etc and it wasn't enough.

So I got amber. It might not have worked but at least I knew I had done literally everything to help her.

People will say 'it's an unknown drug that's released, and you don;t know the dose.'

Its E363, a food safe additive with no known toxic dose. It'll be fine if it does work.

From a crystal healing point of view amber is soothing.

Buy a pretty anklet and take the edge of the guilt that you could have done more.

70ontheinside Mon 30-Jan-17 21:35:58

Your little one might be a bit too young, but frozen slices of banana are great for teething babies.
Amber anklets are bs.

Blossomdeary Mon 30-Jan-17 21:38:07

It is beyond belief that people can seriously think that these might help with teething. The only thing we know for sure is that they are a hazard: strangulation by a necklace; choking on the beads if the item breaks; cutting off blood supply to foot.

Just give the wee chap a cuddle.

elfycat Mon 30-Jan-17 21:40:28

Oh, anecdote...

Yeah. It worked for us. Perhaps it was me calming down a notch and that works too. But within 2 days she slept for 3-4 hours at a time, which was her normal.

It's probably coincidence. But I'm qualified in 2 'coincidence' therapies. I don't care if my clients put positive effects down to another reason.

PunkrockerGirl Mon 30-Jan-17 21:43:00

Complete and utter bollocks OP, don't be drawn in by this shite.
Spend your money on some Calpol or ibuprofen which will reduce pain, inflammation and fever in a teething infant.
Out of interest, how exactly do you think the magic amber anklet would actually work confused

InfinityPlusOne Mon 30-Jan-17 21:47:30

I used amber when DD2 had the most miserable teething whinging that anyone had seen. 3 weeks went by when she (and I) didn;t sleep for more than an hour at a time. DH was working away and thought I was kidding. He got back and within a week was on his knees with exhaustion. We used calpol, iburofen, teetha etc and it wasn't enough.

There is no way to know that was even teething related. DD did the same thing to us for a longer period but it was unconnected to teething and was a developmental phase she was going through. Your DD was likely the same if no pain relief helped at all, which it certainly would if it was teeth related.

Amber necklaces don't work. Even if there was some possible mechanism by which they could work (there isn't) why would you put something on your child that you believe provides pain relief when, if it did work as advertised, would do so on a constant unmeasured basis? Would you give them a steady stream of any other unmeasured pain relief? Of course not. As it is, it doesn't work, so this isn't a concern of mine but I don't understand why it wouldn't be a concern for someone who thought it did work.

elfycat Mon 30-Jan-17 21:58:23

No, it was teeth. 6 came through at once. She has red swollen gums, red puffy cheeks. Constant drooling, chewing on anything. Her poo went the same funny colour and vinegar-smelling joy it always did when she was teething.

And when the teeth came through it ended. I'm a nurse. I can spot symptoms. And I took her to the GP to discuss the sheer volume of painkillers I was giving her and to treat the red-burn nappy rash from the whole process. He put it down to teeth and said it was moderately common.

MrsNuckyThompson Mon 30-Jan-17 22:02:56

Complete waste of money and look ridiculous too. There is zero evidence supporting the effectiveness so save your cash!!

Burntbum Mon 30-Jan-17 22:07:37

They're a complete waste of money and a choking hazard. Your LO might not have any problems with teething. Neither of mine got grumpy teething. It was always a surprise when I spotted a new tooth!

marthastew Mon 30-Jan-17 22:10:08

How could they possibly work? It's utter rubbish. If they did work, why don't people other than babies wear them to relieve pain? Ridiculous bullshit.

Eminybob Mon 30-Jan-17 22:17:22

The positive stories you will hear are because of the placebo effect (on the parent, not the child obvs)

Of course they don't work in providing actual pain relief, there is no possible way they can; it's woo. (A friend of mine believed she had to recharge hers with moonlight or some such nonsense grin)

Like an op has said, if they had any active ingredient then would you really want an unregulated unmeasured dose of medicine in your child? No, but that's ok because it's bullshit.

Ohyesiam Mon 30-Jan-17 23:02:39

Can't remember the name of the company, but it's teething tissue salts from health food shop. Used to calm my dd down. Ooh, just remembered! New Era Teething Tissue salts.

glueandstick Tue 31-Jan-17 12:51:03

It's utter bullshit and absolutely no scientific evidence to back it up.

I have to really stop myself saying anything to the mums who go on and on at a toddler group. It is essentially a rock. No more effective than getting pebbles off the beach.

glueandstick Tue 31-Jan-17 12:58:10

E363 is succinit acid which is an acidity regulator. Historically the acid was produced by the distillation of amber (17thC ish if I remember correctly)

It still has bugger all to do with teething and wearing bracelets.

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