I first discovered Baltic Amber teething accessories when Mr Moo was a few weeks old, I had seen it in on a friends child and at a picnic at the University Parks I asked her if it worked… After a good chat about how she felt I decided to do a bit of reading and find out what it was about.
Baltic Amber is a resin. When the resin is warmed up by your body it releases natural oils containing succinic acid into the skin. Succinic acid is natures Ibuprofen. It has been used in Europe for thousands of years to ease pain and inflammation. In recent years it has made its way back into popularity as a natural teething aid.
I trawled the internet for a while to find someone in the UK that sold them, but at the time a lot of places had removed them from sale until they were safety tested. So to eBay I went and found a place to buy them. I imported them from Lithuania.
Mr Moo has been wearing his necklaces (I bought a few) since he was two months old and we have had a surprisingly easy time with teething. There is a peak in his teething process where he is incredibly huggy and cries a lot, I’ve found a single 2.5ml dose of Calpol and some cuddles when this peak hits will knock him out and he will sleep through the worst of it, even then he doesn’t seem to suffer as much as some babies I’ve seen. He will still sleep through the night and it only seems to upset him when he’s tired (hence the knocking out with Calpol).
So far we have bottom two front teeth (these came through together), top two front teeth and an incisor (these all came together too!). I currently don’t believe anyone when they say teething is a nightmare because Mr Moo sails through it…
…is this the Amber working it’s magic? I’d like to think so, I put a lot of faith into natural healing and am now considering getting a bracelet/anklet for myself… Alex has said he’s not sure but if it doesn’t work at least it looks cool…(Men eh?!)
I highly recommend spending money on a teething necklace/anklet before considering any form of medication… I have been offered granules to try and Dentinox but they’re still in the medicine box untouched…Amber and a bit of Calpol has worked wonders! Even with the molar that’s attempting to surface…
My top tips are;
- Ensure the amber is BALTIC AMBER
- Make sure each bead is individually tied off so if the necklace breaks you don’t end up with a massive choking hazard
- If you buy a necklace wrap it around their ankle at night under a sleepsuit
- Take it off at bath time so you don’t weaken the thread or coat the resin in chemicals from bath products
- Buy a few, they’re incredibly pretty and will last a long time!! Also I have a habit of taking one-off at bath time and forgetting where I put it!! (Oops!)
- Give it time, it will take a few weeks to notice a difference, patience is key.
- Always give your child the lowest dose of Calpol possible so they don’t build up a resistance to it and only give if ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY. I’ve taken so much paracetamol in my life that I have a resistance to it and only prescription painkillers work. I avoid taking them if possible and usually only take them if my wheat pad, a hot bath, a glass of water, or a rest doesn’t fix it.
Hope this helps? Tata for now!