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    Default Amber teething necklace. Work or not?

    Ok so a few months ago after my ds got his bottom teeth I got him an amber necklace from the chemist. We only put it on during the day then decided he could wear it to bed.
    After the article that's been circulating about a little girls arm getting twisted up in one EVERYONE has been tagging me in articles etc and suggesting to take it off. At daycare the other day they took it off as they said they weren't comfortable with him sleeping with it since the articles (which is fine).
    Anyway I've left it off. He was in the middle of his top teeth coming down when it was taken off. He has been irritable, sad and not himself since and I don't know if it's coincidence or not.
    I just want to know if they actually work or not and if they are still effective if only worn for 8hrs a day (the amount of time he doesn't sleep).
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    They are a big con. Absolutely no evidence whatsoever that they work.

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    Default Amber teething necklace. Work or not?

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    ^^^ I've read this but then read the opposite!

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    There are a number of different teething gels available. Maybe it would be a matter of finding one that works for your ds? I don't believe that the amber necklaces work and haven't found any reputable studies that say otherwise.

    My ds currently has two teeth coming through and we're finding that we are able to get by with a teething gel from the wch in adelaide. Whereas previously we were alternating between nurofen and panadol as well as bonjella.

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    No. There is no tested scientific evidence that they work. The only "evidence" is anecdotal. They are a con at best and a choking hazard at worst.

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    The chemical in amber that is supposed to help with teething has a melting point of over 100 degrees. It is safely trapped inside the amber and simply wearing it on your skin will not let it out. And ironically, it is also a known skin irritant.

    Succinic acid is also found naturally in your body in much greater concentrations than what you would ever get out of an amber necklace so even if they were somehow capable of releasing it into your body it would be totally pointless.

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    Complete and utter Bs. Don't waste your money, go with a gel that has a numbing agent instead. 😊

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    As pp have said, the succinic acid is not released at body temperature. Furthermore, there is no evidence that succinic acid has pain relieving or anti inflammatory properties and there is evidence that its a skin irritant. But the skin irritant factor is pretty much irrelevant because there are such tiny, tiny amounts of succinic acid in the amber.

    Any way you look at it, it cannot work as advertised.

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    They're a crock. A waste of money and potentially quite dangerous. Sids and Kids and a number of Australian consumer watchdogs warn against them. I did try one out of sheer desperation with my third but after doing some reading, I decided that they simply weren't worth the risk.


 

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