After a rough couple weeks this summer with my son working on his 2-year-old molars, I looked into purchasing an amber necklace for him to wear to see if it would help with the inflammation he had from the last two molars that we were waiting on to come through. As I was buying them, I added another amber necklace for my 4-year-old daughter, partly because they are really cute, partly because I will randomly try things like this to see if it helps with some aspect of her autism, and partly because whatever her brother has, she wants.
I put the necklaces on the children right away, and because of the amber necklaces were small enough that they couldn’t see them when they looked down, and light enough that they barely felt them, they had no problem keeping them on. I didn’t notice a drastic difference with either child right away, but a couple weeks later I realized that my son had cut in his two remaining teeth without me noticing, which meant that we didn’t have any fussy evenings or all night nursing sessions.
For my daughter who has autism, I didn’t notice a difference until I took the necklace off a few weeks later. With the necklace off she gets more fussy, more picky, and has more meltdowns. So we keep the necklace on! Another completely anecdotal observation: My children recently had chicken pox (an article here talks more about chicken pox- a must read before making vaccination decisions), and they didn’t seem to itch at all! They had the necklaces on the entire time, and didn’t seem bothered by the pox one bit.
For us, these changes have been slight, but noticeable. As with most natural remedies, your mileage may vary.
How do amber necklaces work?
Amber, a natural solidified tree resin, releases small amounts of succinic acid when warmed by the body’s natural heat. This acid gets absorbed by the body and is thought to releive pain, reduce inflammation, and provide a general sense of well being. This is also a good reminder of how important it is that what we put on our skin is made with ingredients that we do not mind ingesting- it gets absorbed straight into our bloodstream and distributed throughout our bodies!
Where to buy amber necklaces
Our amber necklaces are all from Inspired By Finn. The amber beads are knotted on individually, so if the chain breaks, no more than than one bead will be lost. These necklaces are very well made, and close with a simple screw clasp that the children don’t notice. My children have had theirs on 24 hours a day for months now, and they are still going strong! Inspired by Finn recommends removing the necklaces at night and nap time, or moving them to the child’s ankle wrapped with a sock, but we had our children leave theirs on at night since they caused absolutely no problems during the day. Remember, though these are called ‘teething necklaces’ they are not to chew on! They are to be worn against the skin so the oils relieve the baby’s pain.
Some of my favorites, that my family or friends own:
Butter, toddler/baby: This color of amber contains the must succinic acid.
Unpolished raw, adult: The unpolished is still smooth and comfortable, just not shiny. I wear this one most often.
Multicolored, adult: A little more colorful, but still subtle and classic! I’m wearing this in the picture at the top.
Honey, toddler/baby: This is what my children have, I personally like the darker color for a boy. And I got my daughter the same because at this stage, it’s just easier to get them the exact.same.thing.
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