This suggests to me that the child wasn't wearing one suited to her age. It was too big!
All my kids have worn them. Ds2 wore his from a month old. Both boys wore them until they were 3yrs 24/7 and ds3 has also had his on since a month old. Not once have they come undone on any of the boys and nor do they hang long enough for them to put them in their mouths and the boys never fiddled or play with them either. I have always only bought the genuine good quality ones though.
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05-03-2015 12:01 #11
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05-03-2015 12:26 #12Senior Member
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I was silly enough to buy one (sheer desperation clouded my brain!) with my third and I took it off for sleeps. I wasn't going to risk it. They are honestly such a crock but I guess if people want to waste their money on one it's their choice. I do hope though that people are sensible enough to see the risk. SIDS and kids are against them aren't they?
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05-03-2015 12:44 #13
They really annoy me because a lot of desperate mums are looking for an answer or remedy for a bloody godawful stage in a babies life, and this product plays on that desperation, not giving one crap that theres a huge risk involved.
05-03-2015 12:56 #14
Safety aside, what is the basis of the necklaces working for pain? I've always been really skeptical of how a stone can do that.
05-03-2015 13:03 #15
I have a close friend who allows her 18mo dd wear one 24 hours a day and has done for some time now. She insists that she's old enough now, she'll move if she feels like she can't breathe!!
She won't be told. I just always pray that little girl will be ok.
Having said that, I've never put one on DS but he's been a champion teether so far. I can't see the harm in giving it a go but I would never leave it on for sleeps or use one that was so long he could chew or suck on it.
05-03-2015 13:12 #16
Here's a good explanation
Some people believe they work mystically or magically, and there's really no arguing with that. Most sellers though claim that there's an actual mechanism, which is addressed really well in the above article.
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05-03-2015 13:20 #17
Ive had one on my DS for the last 18mths i don't know if it helped him but it didn't harm him either.
I took it off on the weekend as i noticed a bit of a thread so took it off as a precaution in case it unravelled.
05-03-2015 13:38 #18
Just realised it's also linked from that Science Or Not post, but here's an interesting piece I read the other day on teething:
I remember reading results of a study last year (?) which compared parental reports, daycare carer reports and dentist reports of children's teething symptoms, finding no actual correlation between what the parents or carers described and whether the child was teething or not. Basic explanation is that teething occurs so frequently in young children, that carers often attribute completely unrelated behaviours and symptoms to teething - even when the children AREN'T actually teething.
Learnt a few interesting things from that piece though, such as the history of the belief that teething was extremely dangerous!
05-03-2015 13:51 #19
Interesting Renn, thanks. I have thought with the homeopathic bauer's stuff whether it 'works' bc it gives parents a false sense of it succeeding so they become calmer which in turn changes the child's behaviour. We all know when we are in pain and people around us are calm and supportive the pain is easier to manage.
I wonder if the amber is the same?
05-03-2015 14:02 #20
Yeah, quite possibly. There's good evidence for a kind of parental placebo effect, it even applies to dogs! There'd also have to be some element of confirmation bias... you think that it's working, so you pay more attention to anything which supports that belief and less to anything which contradicts it.
Unfortunately, it seems to be really hard to discuss cognitive biases, the placebo effect etc. when people believe that something works, as they tend to get defensive and say "I'm not imagining things"/"I'm not making things up!".
Of course not, but that's how human brains work...we KNOW they don't interpret reality objectively; hence science. I also think it's fascinating to examine how our brains affect our understanding of the world (for example, with that dress! :P).
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