If you have tried infant paracetamol, ibuprofen, teething gel, teethers, cold rings and teething powder, the chances are teething for you and your child is not all beer and skittles.
But, there is an ancient secret to teething being passed from mum to mum around playgroups and baby music classes nationwide. And, if you are reading this page, the chances are you have heard the whispers too.
Baltic Amber is the next big thing for knowing mothers looking to bring relief to their teething baby and restore good sleeping routines.
What is Baltic Amber?
Baltic Amber is a fossilised resin produced by pine trees around 40 million years ago. It is found and mined along the coast of the Baltic Sea.
How does it work
Make sure you are buying Baltic Amber, as only this will work. This is because it is a natural pain killer, containing high levels of succinic acid, which has long been used as an analgesic to soothe mild to moderate pain.
The amber is said to boost the immune system, reduce inflammation of the throat and ears, and help with stomach and respiratory disease.
For teething babies, Baltic Amber is believed to reduce inflamed cheeks, help with restlessness, bad temper and reduce drooling. It is considered an aid rather than a miracle solution.
It works when the warmth of the skin releases healing oils from the amber, which are absorbed into the bloodstream.
Baltic Amber jewellery is not just a natural pain relief exclusively used by babies, but has also been used by adults for centuries to help with arthritis, migraine, pain, flu and colds.
Is it safe
Baltic Amber for teething babies usually takes the form of a teething necklace. It is not recommended that babies are left unsupervised with a necklace so should it be removed at night.
For children under the age of three years, amber beads obviously pose a choking hazard. Many jewellers crafting these necklaces tend to use double knotted cord to stop them coming off. But, do check to see if the clasp will break apart under pressure.
Necklaces made in this way will not lose all the beads should the clasp break. The double knots will keep all but one or two beads coming off.
Also be aware that magnetic clasps on any jewellery can be highly dangerous for little ones. If swallowed, even two tiny magnets can attract to each other in the body, ripping holes in the digestive system.
Do not let babies chew or suck the amber beads. Make sure that necklaces cannot hang so low they can get caught on something or hang the baby. And make sure they are not so tight they can cause strangulation.
Amber beads are less likely to cause indentation on the baby’s skin than amber chip.
How can I tell if it is real?
These are the easiest ways for you to test your Baltic Amber is real, without using advanced laboratory techniques.
Firstly, make sure you are buying Baltic Amber, not amber.
Because it is not a gemstone it should feel warm to the touch.
Baltic Amber is light and floats in sea water – you can test your necklace floats by adding seven tablespoons of salt to half a pint of water.
Baltic Amber can be charged with static electricity. Try rubbing it against natural fabric quickly to see if it can produce a static charge.