Moms have been using Baltic Amber for centuries to the ease pain of their family member’s ailments. The tradition has become revived in recent years with the shift in attitude toward a more natural lifestyle and the ‘crunchy mom’ movement.
One of the most common questions next to how they work, is ‘are they safe?’. And since this is probably the most important issue, let’s take a look at this first.
Baltic amber necklaces and bracelets are not made for chewing so let’s get that out of the way since chewing or gumming is something normally associated with the tools we use to treat the symptoms of teething.
Amber should be worn under clothing so it can make contact with the skin and if you notice your baby is pulling on it, trying to gum it, or sucking on it, you should take it off and try again later. Each bead is knotted in, so if for some reason the necklace broke, only 1 bead will fall off.
Another safety feature is the clasp. Each Baltic amber necklace fastens with a screw clasp that will break if weight is put on it. The necklace would then fall off and should be discarded.
Amber is a resin, and works as a natural pain reliever similarly to how over the counter pain medication works, they’re simply processed differently by our bodies. Since it is in fact a form of medicinal treatment it should be used while under supervision, just like oral medications.
How it works
As amber beads are worn next to the skin, they start to warm up. In fact, if you rub real Baltic amber on your jeans back and forth to create friction, you will smell a light piney smell.
When the beads warm up next to your skin, they start to soften the resin just slightly, and the healing properties of the succinic acid are released. So unlike ingestable medications that are absorbed through the stomach lining, these pain relieving properties are absorbed into the bloodstream through the skin.
Baltic amber has come to be known as a teething pain remedy, but it actually has many uses for older kids, as well as adults. It comes in various sizes and various forms including bracelets, necklaces and sometimes rings.
Just as Baltic amber is used to treat the pain associated with babies pushing new teeth, it is also used to treat migraine symptoms, joint pain, arthritis, fever and most anything else OTC pain meds are commonly administered for.
It’s also been known to curb the feelings associated with depression.
With my first 2 children I had never heard of Baltic amber, and did the usual with my poor teething babies. You know; let them suck on frozen fruit, refrigerated teethers, advil, oragel, you name it.
There was no mistaking the bright red, hot cheeks of a teething tot for the first sign of the next chomper.
My teething baby boy without the use of amber back in 2005
After I had baby number 3 I decided to give an amber necklace a go. She never seemed to bother with the necklace thankfully so I was able to leave it on for extended periods.
At first I had no idea if it was working or not, because I didn’t know if she was teething.
The difference in their teething stages was night and day though and the lack of symptoms I had come to know as being associated with teething weren’t there at all.
There was no fussiness, no crying at night and at nap time, no red cheeks and buckets of drool. There would suddenly be a new tooth (or two) then another, and another. I never noticed a change in behaviour.
Baby # 4 teething with an amber necklace in 2011
It was the exact same as with my 4th. You literally had no idea she was teething until you saw the next tooth. I never had to give either of these babies oral pain meds for teething pain, apply lotion to their poor cheeks, or smear oragel on their gums.
It’s hard to believe that something so simple can do so much, but you don’t need to take my word for it, try it for yourself and save your baby, and yourself the typical stress and sleepless nights that come along with a teething baby.