How Baltic Amber Teething Necklaces Help to Soothe Babies
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Buy an Amber Necklace for Your Baby
If you've ever been around a group of babies, you may have noticed many of them wearing amber-colored necklaces. The necklaces are revered as a natural form of pain relief for babies, especially when teething.
Where do they come from?
Genuine Baltic amber is an organic fossil that was created under natural conditions 45 million years ago. It is found in countries near the Baltic Sea (i.e. Lithuania, Poland, Latvia). Because of it's origin, historically it was used to heal in Europe. The amber teething necklaces have now been introduced to the North American market and more and more parents are seeing results from using them.
How do they work?
Many parents look to baltic amber teething necklaces to stop common symptoms related to teething like irritability, redness or blotchy cheeks, swollen gums and diaper rashes.
Amber contains a substance called Succinic Acid which is an anti-inflammatory. When the amber beads warm when warn, Succinic Acid is released and penetrates the skin. It is know to also boost the body's immune system, speed healing, and reduce inflammation caused by infections. Many parents use it because it is a non-invasive and natural way to soothe and heal ailments in babies.
How do you use them?
Although you may think that they are intended for babies to chew on, this is not the case. Parents simply fasten the necklace around the baby's neck and let the amber do the rest. It is best used when left on all the time, but you can also remove it when bathing the baby or when putting them to bed at night.
How safe are they?
The necklaces are measured accurately to ensure children won't be able to put them in their mouth. The necklaces are knotted before and after each bead in case the necklace does break. This is to ensure small pieces won't be accessible to the baby. Many of the beads are small enough to be swallowed, however won't cause choking.
Many of the producers of amber teething necklaces do recommend removing the necklace at night and never leave a baby unattended while wearing one.
Which one should I buy?
You'll firstly want to make sure that you are purchasing 100% Baltic amber. Do not be swayed by amber-colored beads or impersonators. Cheaper amber will not have the same effect as they are frequently over-processed. Many mothers agree that the lighter, honey-colored ambers are more effective than the darker, cognac-colored ambers. If you are skeptical about which color is best, chose one that has different colors strung on one necklace.
Where can I buy one?
Many health food stores and baby stores carry Baltic amber teething necklaces. You can also purchase them online at eco baby shops and from Amazon.
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