Amber Necklaces For Babies – One of the first health problems that babies face in their lives is the appearance of teeth. And is that the birth of these generates discomfort and pain that try to remedy in any way as, for example, through teethers that get into the refrigerator. Parents have always resorted to such items to relieve the symptoms of teething in their little ones, but now there are other initiatives that offer them the same service.
We are referring specifically to the so-called amber necklaces. Do you want to discover what they are and what they are for? We indicate it to you next.
What are amber necklaces and what are their functions?
As its name already indicates, it is about necklaces that are made with amber, a semiprecious stone of brown color that is usually made up of fossilized vegetal resin and that is obtained from conifers, in a fundamental way.
Those who bet to place these unique accessories or accessories on the neck of their children is because they believe that the said amber upon contact with human skin releases type of oil containing succinic acid, which is considered to be anti-inflammatory. Therefore, it is considered that it can significantly help babies reduce their pain and discomfort due to teething.
If we had to say if the utility, effectiveness and function of amber in these types of accessories are proven, we would have to state that no. And, scientifically, there is no study that can faithfully demonstrate that these collars help to alleviate the discomfort of babies when they are growing their teeth.
Specifically, although they have become fashionable among parents in recent years, there are those who consider that it makes no sense to use them for several reasons that come to “throw over land” its supposed effectiveness:
- It is said that this anti-inflammatory power is generated when the semiprecious stone comes into contact with the skin and scientists say that this is really impossible because in order to achieve this effect many layers of the skin would have to cross and until now it has not been achieved.
- It is based on the idea that amber cannot “pour” as well as its properties.
- Exactly there is only an investigation conducted in China using mice that ruled that amber worked almost as if it were an anxiolytic, which if true would mean that children who wear necklaces of it would be practically “medicating” excessively.
However, there are theories and ideas for all tastes. Most pediatricians determine that these products are useless, that there is nothing scientifically proven in this regard and that the only thing they can produce is risks to the baby. On the other hand, those who are in favor of the aforementioned necklaces do so underlining that they have electromagnetic properties that are the ones that relieve the symptoms of teething.
Risks of the Amber necklace
Scientifically, it has not been possible to demonstrate the efficacy of these cited supplements to relieve the symptoms of teething, but yes, its danger. And is that, from real cases of babies, it has been possible to certify that amber necklaces put children in serious danger for several and various reasons:
- As much as it is considered that they are perfectly joined and stitched the relevant stones, it is possible that some detach and this is caught by the child who can drown if you put it in your mouth or if you directly enter it in one of the nostrils.
- In the same way, they are a danger insofar as they can be squeezed or hooked on the child’s clothes and produce their strangulation.
Other data of interest
In addition to everything we have given you to know about it, you may be interested in knowing some more aspect of these necklaces, which have both detractors and defenders:
- There are many accessories of this type that are sold in the market as authentic, made with Baltic amber, and that have actually been made of plastic. To know if they are true you have to bring them to a source of heat and wait to see if it gives off an aroma like pine resin. In the case that they directly smell burned is that they are false.
- Many homeopaths do defend the power of amber and its reduction of discomfort in babies whose teeth are appearing.
- Those who are going to buy a necklace of this type to their child should choose one that is not too long, that has knots between the beads and then, when placing it, they should put it under the clothes and in contact with the skin.
Does Amber Necklaces help Teething?
Suddenly it has become common to see that babies of different ages have necklaces of small beads hanging from their necks, which turn out to be amber. And the incredible thing is that his parents, with a lot of security, affirm that they are to alleviate the discomforts of teething.
How true is this? Is it a fashion more? How do these necklaces work? Where did they come from?
The use of amber collars for babies is actually common, especially in some countries in Europe and lately in Latin America.
Amber is a fossilized tree resin and although it is possible to find it in different parts of the world, it is generally considered that the best amber comes from the shores of the Baltic Sea. This is the one used to make the necklaces.
It has been observed that amber has succinic acid, a substance that helps to reduce inflammation when heated when it comes into contact with the skin. For this reason, it is very useful to relieve the discomfort of teething, mainly related to the inflammation of the gums, since it is a natural analgesic.
In Mexico, it is also possible to find these necklaces and if you have decided to use it, it is important to take into account the following:
- Make sure it is amber since it is easily falsifiable. Authentic amber necklaces should always deliver a certificate.
- Look for Baltic amber necklaces, because it concentrates the highest amount of succinic acid.
- The accounts must be knotted one by one. This is because although the thread with which the collars are made can be broken in the hands of a child, if it should burst, the beads are kept in place, preventing the baby from taking them to their mouths.
- The clasp on the collar should be threaded and covered with amber, so babies can not find it or open it easily.
- The ideal is to use the collar only during the day and remove it at the time of sleep, even nap if the baby is not under the supervision of an adult.
- Amber necklaces can be used after 3 months of age or when the first teeth start to emerge. They can be used every day or only in the moments when the dentition gets worse.
- There are different shades of amber; Whenever it is authentic, you can choose the one that everyone prefers, since they all help to reduce inflammation.
The decision to use amber as a natural remedy for the discomfort of teething depends on each family and also on each baby. The important thing is to have information that helps to decide.
Amber necklaces for tooth pain
Amber and teething necklaces: they are removed from the hands (and never from the neck). There are two population groups prone to buy any donkey that is sold to them: the mothers of babies and the sick with despair. If you put the two together (a desperate mother with a child whose teeth come out), the result is a reef.
For the theory, hold on tight: an amber necklace that, placed on the neck of the baby, relieves the discomfort of teething.
Only for the concept itself, and because in practically all the webs that we have visited on amber necklaces and found chakras, energies, and spirits (and, above all, spelling mistakes).
Our intention with this post is to dismantle those arguments.
Does amber collars have an active ingredient?
Supposedly, succinic acid.
Although not every seller clarify, and there are some who speak of the electromagnetic properties of amber, the most widespread theory is that the balls of amber, in contact with the skin, release some oils that contain succinic acid, a powerful anti-inflammatory.
While it is true that amber (and, eye, only the one from the Baltic Sea) contains between 3 and 8% succinic acid, the reality is that the Spanish Medicines Agency has not approved any indication for succinic acid, beyond regulating the pH (that is, it is a buffer, a buffer, without therapeutic properties). Nor does Martindale mention any analgesic or anti-inflammatory properties.
However, a classic commercial argument in miracle products is to pull health authorities. Thus, sellers of amber necklaces claim that the FDA has approved the use of succinic acid in the US. And it is true, its use has been approved because its consumption is safe, for example in the food industry (as an additive E-363) but in no case does the FDA claim that succinic acid has therapeutic properties.
Another of his great Machado’s is to point in his cause to Robert Koch (discoverer of the tuberculosis bacterium and Nobel Prize in Medicine). It is true that Koch did studies on succinic acid, but not to test its analgesic power, but to basically conclude that its intake was not toxic.
Conclusion: The sanitary authorities affirm that the intake of succinic acid does not kill (it was only missing), but they also do not say that it cures.
What is your mechanism of action? (If you have it)
In contact with body temperature, succinic acid is released and absorbed into the bloodstream. With a pair.
Oh, if they get to know the stupid laboratories that invested millions of euros in galenic, pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic studies until they find the transdermal patches! With how easy it was! Let no one tell you, because then, those who hang a stone around their neck are them and they immediately throw themselves into the sea.
As everyone knows, the skin has a very clear mission that is to protect us. For any substance to pass into blood, it must pass through all the layers of the skin that are many and very different (some hydrophilic and others lipophilic). It is not exactly simple that any substance is absorbed and, in fact, to deceive the layers of the skin and “sneak into the party” is one of the great challenges of the industry, mainly cosmetics.
On the other hand, the simple contact with body temperature exudes an amber that has been resisting all climate changes since the Jurassic, is another toast to the sun.
In this section we are left with a couple of doubts … the first, if the 3-8% succinic acid that has amber and is gradually released is infinite or at some point “is spent” and you have to buy another necklace (from not so, a bargain), and the second, if the amber is so smart that it knows what dose of succinic it should release at each age (ie, it is not the same anti-inflammatory that is given to a 3-month-old baby 2 years). If anyone knows something, grateful.
What scientific studies support the amber necklaces?
The scientific study of 2003 to which all its defenders cling (without daring to cite) as the great endorsement of the amber necklace is a Chinese study (coming from the city in which Confucius was born) in which it is compared in some mice the anxiolytic effect of succinic acid against diazepam.
That is if we swallow (as we can) that all the above is true, and that the succinic acid is really an anti-inflammatory that is absorbed and passes into blood, what we are encouraging sellers of amber necklaces is drug to our children, giving them a cousin of Valium. Long live Mother Nature and live her remedies!
REAL AMBER AND FALSE AMBER: THE PROOF OF THE COTTON
It turns out that with the amber necklaces with the Rólex of Chinatown. There are first and second fakes. All claim to be authentic, but the truth is that many collars of amber for babies are pure plastic, that is, they do not come from the Baltic nor carry succinic acid ( some have already been removed in 2008 ). To know if the necklace is authentic or not, there is a series of tests that go from passing the lamp of the CSI to them simply to throw them in water with salt to see if they float (if they float they are “good”).
YES, THE RISK OF SUFFOCATION OR STRANGULATION IS REAL
By much security system, no matter how much each ball is knotted independently, the truth is that in a baby, although it bothers to read it, a single ball swallowed or introduced by the nose can cause suffocation. There is only one way to avoid it 100%: not putting it on. We do not insist more, for obvious reason.
HOW TO CHOOSE FOR A TODDLER OR BABY AND ADULTS?
Here are some tips on how to choose amber jewelry for you or your baby:
1 – WHAT IS THE IDEAL SIZE?
SIZE OF NECKLACES:
– Amber necklace for baby: 32 to 33cm *
– Amber necklace for children: 38cm
– Amber necklace for adults: 45, 50 or 55cm
* The baby collar, 33cm, usually serves up to approximately 3 years. Importantly, it should not get too large on the child to prevent it from putting in the mouth.
SIZE OF THE BRACELETS AND TORNOZELEERS:
– Amber Bracelet for Baby: 14cm *
– Amber Bracelet for Children: 16.5cm
– Amber Bracelets for Adult: 18 to 19cm
– Amber Ankle Brace for Adult: 25 or 28cm
* Amber bracelets for infants and toddlers can also be used as anklets. To ensure the size is optimal, before you buy, measure the child’s ankle with a tape measure.
2 – WHAT ARE THE TYPES OF CLOSURE?
You can find 2 models of zippers on necklaces for babies:
– snap closure: it has a plastic fitting and is covered by amber. Opens alone if pulled or twisted into something.
– Thread closure: Plastic threaded and covered by amber. Prevents the baby from getting the necklace alone.
Amber fittings for children and adults are made with a screw-down closure only.
3 – WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN POLISHED AND UNPOLISHED AMBER?
– unpolished amber: the beads of the necklace are made with amber in its raw state, without any treatment. As such, it presents a more frosted look. However, this does not influence your touch, which is not rough. Non-polishing amber may be slightly more effective than polished amber because on contact with the skin it releases about 3 to 4% greater amount of succinic acid, a substance that generates anti-inflammatory and analgesic effect.
– polished amber: when the amber is polished, it becomes shiny and slightly more translucent.
4 – WHICH SHADE OF AMBER SHOULD I CHOOSE?
Amber can be found in different shades in nature. Scientists count about 250 different colors and shades. However, it is important to note that the color of the amber does not influence the anti-inflammatory and analgesic effect, being more an aesthetic question.
The most common colors are lemon, honey, and cognac (see image). In addition to these colors, you will also find butter, cherry and green colors.
5 – MODELS
In addition to the differences between shades and polishing, it is possible to find necklaces with different shapes of amber beads. Some more rounded, others flattened, etc. At BB + Lindo you will find necklaces and bracelets in the models: chips, rounded, baroque, olive or premium.
Such a difference does not change the therapeutic effect that Baltic amber exerts on the body.
In the picture, the different models of necklaces, all in color cognac and polished.
SECURITY OF AMBER NECKLACES FOR BABIES
The amber necklaces from BB + Gorgeous of the World follow the European safety standards for use in babies:
- The necklaces for babies have an average of 33cm. This is the recommended size to be used on infants from 3 months of age. The length of the collar prevents it from twisting into something, and the baby will hardly be able to get it to paste;
- They are made with cotton yarn, durable and hard to break;
- Between each account, there is a knot, so that, if by accident the string breaks, a maximum of 1 count will fall;
- The size of the beads is small, if the baby puts in the mouth and swallows, there is no risk of suffocation;
- The catch may be pressure or threaded. The two closing options are covered by amber;
- It is recommended that the collar be removed for sleep. At this point you can place the collar with two or three loops on the baby’s ankle under the clothes so that the amber stays in contact with the skin at night;
- The amber beads are warm to the touch (room temperature), and very light, therefore babies hardly bother with the presence of necklaces or bracelets. Notice how your baby behaves with the necklace or bracelet the first few days.
- The benefits of Baltic amber are obtained when it is in contact with the skin, therefore, do not allow the child to take it to the mouth or bite it.