Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Amber Teething Necklaces: Do They Work?

Amber Teething Necklaces: Do They Work? It probably looks like this post is going to answer that question, but sadly, it's not.  I'm a big fan of evidence based research and conclusions and facts that have resulted from properly executed bias-free and double blind studies, but I can't seem to find one on Amber Teething Necklaces.  In fact, this link is pretty much the best thing I've found to explain "how" they work:

At best, that article basically states that there are no studies that prove they work.  At the same time, there are tons of people that swear they do. We happened to have been given a free necklace several months ago, and upon receiving it we asked ourselves two questions:

1. Where is the evidence that the necklace is going to work?
2.  Is this necklace going to choke our child?

So the teething has hit an all time horrible high, and I've desperately resorted to putting the Amber Teething Necklace on Aias despite my concern about it strangling him.  I guess I'll just have to keep an extra close eye on him while he's wearing it.  I'm looking for some sort of evidence as to "why" the amber necklace supposedly works, and can find nothing.  At the same time, we swore those homeopathic teething tablets worked even though the explanations of homeopathy we read left much to be desired (the water remembers, what what?!).   I'll try anything at this point I guess, Advil and Tylenol have left us dissatisfied and we certainly aren't going to give him any stronger pharmaceutical.  Homemade yogurt popsicles do the trick during the day, and constant (ugh ugh ugh) nursing all night seems to do it too, granted, it keeps me awake the whole time. 

I'm curious if any of you adults have used amber to help with your own injuries or ailments. If so, do you feel like it helped at all? Obviously I can't ask a toddler if they've noticed any difference, but I'd be interested in hearing some adult opinions.  Maybe even perspectives on any changes you've noticed in your toddlers after wearing their necklace for teething?

Grouchy little strawberry face doesn't even seem to notice he's wearing that necklace.  It's hard to tell if the toys are distracting him or if the necklace is working it's voodoo magic on his teething pain.   At the very least, the thing looks kind of cute, right?

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