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    I got given one as a gift for DD2. I put it on her and after a week or so she got a large eczema patch on her neck so i figured it was irritating her so took it off and never put it back on her.

    I found it in a box of baby things when DS was about 4mths old so i popped it on him and he has worn it ever since. Ive no idea if it actually helps, he has been a rather good teether compared to my girls but not sure i can put that down to the necklace as he us diff to them in many other ways too

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    Its a bit of a snake oil type product. There is no scientific evidence they do anything at all.

    The link below is a paediatrician explaining why they can't work as claimed:

    http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/amber-waves-of-woo/

    Basically she says - yes, amber contains succinic acid but it is not released at body temperature or on contact, it is not absorbed through the skin, and there is no evidence that succinic acid has any effect anyway. Even if you did buy into succinic acid having analgesic properties, the quantity that would be released from the necklaces is minuscule and would be so low as to have to work on homeopathic principles (where tiny amounts - so small as to be pretty much nil, of an active ingredient are thought to be effective).

    I will put my hand up and admit that I tried them out in desperation once when DS was a baby (so I don't judge people who try it out). They didn't seem to do anything at all and when I looked into the issue then I discovered all the scientific explanations about why they don't work and can't work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Busy-Bee View Post
    - If it does work your baby is being medicated 24/7 from absorbing the succinic acid / 'natural oils' whether they are actually teething or not.
    Haha yep, they either constantly release an unresearched, unregulated acid into your baby's body, or they do nothing at all. I lean towards the latter

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    I did quite a bit of research on these while I was pregnant, and this website is the one that most accurately & concisely addressed my thoughts & concerns.

    http://scienceornot.net/2012/10/30/a...ething-babies/

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    Default Amber teething necklaces/bracelets

    Eeek! We're in the GP right now to rule out his ears. He would not lie down last night, even dozed off sitting straight up, with nothing behind him to rest on a few times!

    The anklet/bracelet is only £8 so not too big a deal if it doesn't work but if anklets definitely don't work and it's the necklace that supposedly works then I don't even want to bother with it, ya know?

    Update: just finished at GP, ear infection, pink eye and fever.

    Eta: I sent that before I read all the new replies as it was typed out while at gp. Let me catch up!

    Eta again, the 'eeek' was for the pp comment about baby with uti.
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    They are a big con and authorities in Australia have issued a warning for them
    https://www.productsafety.gov.au/con.../itemId/989380
    (Although in sure every parent who buys one would claim they bought from a 'reputable' supplier and their necklace was the 1 in 1000 that is actually safe).

    Invest in a GP appointment, some teething rings you can put in the freezer and some baby nurofen/panadol.

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    I tried one and my DS never used it. My friends kids still wear them at 4&5 and I think they look ridiculous!! I'm really not a fan.
    I agree with VP, cold teething toys and Panadol and Nurophen will work. Good luck!

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    Thanks ladies. I was curious about them as last night nothing was working and because his mouth hurt I couldn't even get him to open for pain relief, which he normally loves.

    We went to the GP this morning and he had a fever, pink eye and ear infection so last night was much more than teething pain. My thoughts on the amber teething necklaces are back to where they began--thinking they're stupid.

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    I don't believe they work.

    I bought one for DS and used it very briefly (I'm talking probably 5 days) before deciding not to bother with it.

    DS handled teething extremely well - it was never the nightmare that a lot of other parents seem to endure with their babies.

    I think it's luck of the draw whether or not your child experiences major discomfort and distress from teething.

    Had we used the necklace on DS for months on end, one may come to the conclusion that it was the necklace that made the magic happen, when in reality we just got lucky by having an easy time with teething.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HollyGolightly81 View Post
    Thanks ladies. I was curious about them as last night nothing was working and because his mouth hurt I couldn't even get him to open for pain relief, which he normally loves.

    We went to the GP this morning and he had a fever, pink eye and ear infection so last night was much more than teething pain. My thoughts on the amber teething necklaces are back to where they began--thinking they're stupid.
    Oh poor little thing, I hope he feels better soon! And eek is right, the UTI was terrible, I felt so guilty for thinking it was teething for soooo long.


 

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