Monday, January 27, 2014

Baltic Amber for Teething Pain Review

When I was pregnant with the Little Jedi I had heard a lot about "teething necklaces" being used for toddlers/infants who are having pain from teething, but when I first heard about it I pictured them being some sort of chew toy attached to a cord that the parent would wear and baby would just gnaw on whenever they were uncomfortable.
However, I was wrong.
These pain management necklaces, as they should more appropriately be refereed to, are made of high quality Baltic Amber and are not meant to be chewed on.

Ok, so how does it work then? According to Inspired by Finn when you wear the amber the skin's warmth releases trace amounts of healing oils from the amber. These oils contain succinic acid and are absorbed into the skin. Succinic Acid is a natural component of plant and animal tissues, and it's presence in the human body is beneficial in many ways. It is scientifically accepted that the darkest colored amber generally contains less succinic acid than lighter colors.

While that's all well and good as far as explaining how and why it works, I was skeptical (as I am sure many out there ready this are) to how effective some amber beads could actually be. I mean you are not actually ingesting anything to get into your system like you would with herbal pills, tinctures, or tea's. You're not even applying a high volume liquid to be absorbed topical as you would an essential oil. You are just setting beads on the skin and wearing them like jewelry. Could it really work that fast or effectively?

Let me tell you from one former skeptic to the current skeptic reading this now, it does work, that fast and that effective. I started having Little Jedi wear his necklace at just a few months old but the true test came when he started cutting teeth around 7 or 8 months.
He cut his two bottom teeth within a week, and a few days later the top two were starting to cut too.
He hardly fussed, I didn't even notice the bottom two teeth till they were half way through.
The top two though, those were a different story.
They worked their way in slowly and made him cranky! Even with the amber taking the edge off he was not a happy baby during those days and it made my mamma heart sad.
I bought and had him start wearing a second necklace and boom, instantly he was a different baby.
The fussing stopped, he was less drooly, he didn't constantly have his hand in his mouth trying to rip at his gums in frustration. I could tell if he did not have his necklaces on, and he could too as he would start bringing them to me if we forgot to put them on him in the morning.

That right there made a full on believer out of me. Seeing my sweet baby go from fussy and uncomfortable from pain to so smiley happy nobody would have guessed he was teething; and knowing that the only thing he was given was those two necklaces. Wow.

I recommend Baltic amber necklaces to all my mommy friends and even strangers I hear talking about their little padawan having teething pain because it truly does work! I always mention that their baby may need one or two strands of necklace to really get relief, like Little Jedi needed, but they will see a difference!

*This review was not sponsored by the above mention shop "Inspired by Finn" nor any other shop. I received no compensation for this review. All words and photos are my own unless otherwise stated.*

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