Raw amber teething necklace popularity is growing, with many parents looking for a natural way to help soothe teething pain for babies and toddlers.
We’ll help you separate fact from fiction and discuss the science and safety issues involved with using an amber teething necklace.
All of the raw amber teething necklaces we sell use genine high-quality raw Baltic amber and are designed and hand-crafted with safety first and foremost.
We’re parents, just like you. We worry, we care, just like you. That smiling kid in the swing wearing one of our necklaces is our own little boy Sawyer.
It’s very important to us that you not only understand the pros and cons of amber teething necklaces but that you buy the safest, highest-quality necklaces on the market.
Raw Amber Teething Necklace Science
Baltic amber contains a relatively high amount of succinic acid, ranging from about 3% to 10%. Succinic acid occurs naturally in the body, is FDA-approved, and may act as an anti-inflammatory and relieve teething and joint pain.
Many believe that placing raw Baltic amber in contact with the skin boosts the body’s natural levels of succinic acid.
Body heat and contact may be enough to absorb sufficient succinic acid to eliminate or reduce teething pain, especially when used with other pain relievers.
Raw amber necklaces and bracelets are the most popular way to try to boost succinic acid levels.
Like any natural remedies, there’s a large leap of faith required and a complete lack of clinical trials into many of the mechanisms of succinic acid and amber as a natural pain remedy.
On the one hand, raw amber has been used for thousands of years to relieve pain and countless parents swear to its effectiveness in relieving teething pain in their children.
Amber Teething Necklace Safety
Children should always be closely supervised when wearing an amber teething necklace.
Safety is obviously a huge concern when placing any beaded necklace or bracelet on your child. Choking or strangulation concerns are valid fears and must be addressed in any necklace.
While any beaded necklace is a potential choking hazard, amber teething necklaces made with double loops are designed so that only one bead will come loose if the necklace is broken.
A single bead that is typically the size of a pea or smaller could result in choking, as could any small object your child puts in their mouth on a daily basis.
Strangulation from a necklace is very, very rare. The risk of strangulation from window blind cords and purse straps is far higher, plus quality amber necklaces are designed to break at the screw clasp when under enough pressure for strangulation to be an issue.
Raw Amber versus Polished Amber
The general consensus is that succinic acid is more easily absorbed through the skin when raw amber is used. Polished amber is heat treated and pressure treated to strip off the outer amber layers.
The outer layers, however, contain the most succinic acid. This means that raw amber will have the highest levels of succinic acid.
Polished amber does contain succinic acid and still could relieve some pain but raw amber is the untreated and unprocessed form of amber that is highest in succinic acid
Some believe that lighter colored Baltic amber contains more succinic acid than darker colored amber but there’s no science to back that up. All colors of raw Baltic amber should have roughly the same levels of succinic acid.
You’ll be able to see the difference easily between raw amber and polished amber; just click on the image to the right to see what raw amber beads should look like.
Why Baltic Amber is Best
Amber from the Dominican Republic and other regions often has no succinic amber, making them useless when it comes to helping with teething pain.
Our necklaces come from Palanga, Lithuania, a traditional source of raw amber from the Baltic Sea. Palanga is also home to the Palanga Amber Museum, which holds one of the world’s largest collections of amber jewelry and other pieces.
When shopping for an amber teething necklace, stick to merchants who clearly state the source of their amber and select a raw Baltic amber teething necklace in order to maximize potential pain relief.
Click here to browse the raw amber teething necklaces we currently have in stock.