Baltic Amber Baby Teething Necklace
Baltic Amber is fossil resin produced by pine trees, which grew in Northern Europe - from southern regions of the present-day Scandinavia and nearby regions of the bed of the Baltic Sea. The climate became warmer and conifer trees started to exude big amounts of resin. Scientists say that amber is a fossil pine resin from this region that has achieved a stable state through oxidation.
Many believe that the use of amber to soothe a baby's teething pain is something new but amber necklaces have been used for hundreds, if not thousands of years in some European and Asian countries. In fact, in Austria, Switzerland and Germany, amber teething necklaces are often sold in local pharmacies.
So how does amber soothe teething pain and does it work? Most treatments of teething pain call for the application of gels, taking of tablets or chewing on rusks. All of these methods, including homeopathic teething remedies have to be applied time and time again. However, with amber you avoid all this, you just give your child an amber teething necklace and the symptoms of teething are reduced and sometimes avoided altogether.
First off, amber is made for wearing, not chewing. Also, it is a resin, not a stone so it is warm to the touch. It has been known as a natural analgesic, helping to fight inflammation, infections and respiratory conditions. By placing amber next to your baby's skin, the warmth releases healing oils, which are then absorbed via the skin into the bloodstream. The oils released from amber contain succinic acid. Recent scientific research has proved that succinic acid has a beneficial affect on the human body, stimulating the thyroid glands to help reduce drooling and soothe red inflamed cheeks as well as having calmative, analgesic, antispasmodic, expectorant and febriguge (anti-fever) functions.
Amber has been recognised by allopathic medicine as a natural analgesic and amber is widely used to help reduce teething symptoms by medical practitioners in some European countries.
Amber necklaces can be worn by children aged between 2 months to 3 years of age - which is about the time baby teething stops. In fact, getting your baby used to wearing an amber necklace from a young age is a good idea as the earlier the baby starts with the necklace, the easier it becomes a part of them. They are so used to it being there, that they don't pay attention to it by pulling on it or attempting to bite it.
When buying an amber necklace, make sure you buy genuine amber made from Baltic Amber. Also, ensure that each bead is individually hand-knotted so that all the beads remain intact whatever happens to the necklace, so there is no danger of choking.