I've gotten a lot of questions about the jewelry that Penny has been wearing for the last couple months and I thought I'd finally clear the air!
Penny wears an Amber Teething Necklace. I first heard about it awhile ago and then forgot until a friend suggested it as a possible remedy for all her teething pain. I thought that it couldn't hurt, right? I started reading reviews on Amazon and was sold!
I got mine from the Amazon seller The Art of Cure. We actually ended up with two because I thought I had messed up the first one. In any case, here's their description of what an amber teething necklace is:
A Baltic amber teething necklace is made for wearing (not chewing) when a baby is teething. This can be worn alone or paired with a Baltic Amber Teething bracelet. The warmth from the skin releases the active ingredient in the Baltic amber, succinic acid. Recent scientific research has proved that succinic acid has a very positive influence on the human body. It improves immunity and the balance of acids when absorbed into the bloodstream; it stimulates the thyroid glands to help reduce drooling and soothes red inflamed cheeks. Amber's anti-inflammatory and therapeutic properties are recognized by allopathic medicine as a natural analgesic, which will help to relieve teething pain and calm a baby without resorting to drugs. The skin's warmth releases healing oils from the amber, a resin, which is absorbed into the bloodstream.
Hippie stuff again ;). But I swear, it works. Not too long after she started wearing it I noticed she drooled much less and seemed happier overall. It has helped us through the worse teething times, for sure.
Now why does she wear it as a bracelet and not a necklace? Convenience and safety. Safety because we don't want her to fall asleep wear it around her neck and possibly strangle herself. Convenience because I don't feel like taking it off her neck for every nap and also because it's fairly easy to slip on her arm.
So there you have it, the amber teething necklace. It is jewelry, but it's practical!
(And as I write this, she isn't even wearing it! I've been bad the last few days. I better put it back on tomorrow!)