Review: Amber Bracelet
Teething is a hot topic in the first year of your babies life. If its not keeping you up all night, it will be messing with your daily routine and generally causing hell. From swollen gums and diarrhoea, to snotty noses and excessive drooling. Teething pushes every mum to Google 'My babies teething, help!' at 4 in the morning and after hours of scrolling through the same advice on Mumsnet, of Calpol and freezing a teething toy, realising there is no magic cure and resorting back to blasting out white noise while you both crash out in the rocking chair. Repeating this until they are 18.
The thing about teething is; its not a phase, it comes and goes when it likes over the space of a couple of years, normally when you have a holiday or event planned that you need a happy baby for. Lets just say if there was an option in one of my midwife appointments to opt out of the baby ever having teeth, I probably would of checked it. ..My nan seems to manage fine?
I think it was my mum that first mentioned Amber Teething Bracelets. I was slightly optimistic on how fossilised sap from prehistoric trees could sooth my screaming baby but at this point I would of rubbed it on my eyeballs and then fed it to them with a spoon if there was a small chance it would help. So I did some more googling to see if there was any reviews, and amongst the thousands that branded them as choking hazards there was the odd one that believed these Amber Bracelets worked. That was enough for me. At £2.99 from Amazon they are worth a go.
Amber has been used for centuries, and still is as a natural pain relief and immune system boost. It host analgesic and anti inflammatory properties, ideal for teething and works by rubbing on to the skin. I bought the bracelets instead of the necklaces after reading the threads of risks and both children wore them around their ankles, this way they didn't really notice the anklets were even on and if they slipped off they would be contained in their baby grows and no chance of eating them, although some people do remove them during the evenings for safety reasons, to me this defeated the object as they both struggled the most at night. They also look really cute as anklets and we got so many compliments on holiday.
Its hard to tell how successful the anklets are without experiencing the same months without them, but I did notice some changes. With both of my children being considerable dribbles, (obviously inherited by their father) to the point when teething, the dribbling would get so bad it would go straight through fresh bibs and ruin an outfit in seconds, like someone had just poured a glass of water under their chins. This alone being frustrating, never mind the night calls. I noticed after a week of wearing the anklets that the dribbling had massively reduced, this being the main sign the anklets were working. We also experienced less night wakings and uncontrollable screaming, all in all a happier baby. I believe the Amber worked.