Our girls were having a really hard time with teething. It seemed like they were popping teething tablets like candy and being dosed with ibuprofen every.single.day. 2-3 times a day!
Of course I didn't want the girls to be uncomfortable, but I also didn't love medicating them so much. I'd read a lot about using Baltic amber necklaces for teething pain, and finally decided to give it a whirl.
I figured---with all we were spending on ibuprofen---we had nothing to lose!
Four days after they arrived, I mentioned that I had noticed a decreased need for teething tablets and ibuprofen. I wanted to give it more time, before I had an official opinion about them.
Now I can say with confidence, I'm ready to report!
Since their arrival, the girls have worn them around the clock, taking them off only for baths.
Brynne has two pointy canine teeth thisclose to popping through. Her gums are very swollen and bumpy as she is also cutting her one-year molars.
Hadley had one tooth pop through, and is working on two more.
All that crazy, uncomfortable tooth growing is going on, and you know something? You can hardly even tell!
We've used ibuprofen a few times since we got the necklaces, and we've used teething tablets only slightly more than that.
Hadley typically runs a low-grade fever while she's teething. Her temp, since we got the necklaces, has been a balmy 98.3 degrees.
To all you skeptics, I will say this: I was skeptical.
I had no idea how a necklace was going to help with teething pain, but I was
desperate open-minded enough to give it a shot, and I'm so, so glad that I did!
The amber is worn against the skin, causing natural oils, with succinic acid in them, to be absorbed into the skin. Succinic acid is the magic ingredient that has anti-inflammatory agents and is a natural pain reliever. The Milk & Butter amber has the highest levels of succinic acid. When I was ready to order, they were out of stock, so I went with the next best, which is Lemon.
The proof is in the pudding for me. I'm totally sold on these necklaces--they work, or at least help out a ton!
I've had a few people question me about the safety of leaving them on the girls all the time. I will say three things about that:
- Each bead is individually knotted, so if the necklace breaks, beads won't spill out everywhere for them to choke on or ingest.
- The necklaces aren't long enough for them to get into their mouths. Hazelaid recommends 12 inch necklaces for 0-3 years. If you're really uncomfortable with necklaces, they have bracelets and anklets too.
- The girls really don't mess with their necklaces. The stones should be against the skin to work, so they are often tucked inside the shirt they are wearing.
If you have any questions---feel free to ask me, or go to Hazelaid's website. You can read more about how the amber works, check out sizing and read testimonials from lots of other people who think this Baltic amber stuff is pretty cool too.
Also--if browsing turned to buying, "like" Hazelaid.com on facebook. They often list discount codes that you can apply to your order.
*Hazelaid did not ask me to write this--and I am getting absolutely nothing from them for doing so. It was the company I placed my order with---they have great customer service, a great selection of products to choose from, and I couldn't be happier with the necklaces!