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Teething and Necklaces???

Karis has two teeth now, and we knew that they were coming before we actually saw them…she is not a good teether.  Throughout the teething process she still had a good disposition, but we could tell that she was in quite a bit of discomfort, and needed a lot of cuddling (which we happily gave to her). But, in the middle of the night we would prefer to be sleeping. So, what do we do about this? We like Hyland’s homeopathic teething gel when she’s having a tough night. We can put a pea sized amount into her mouth when she’s really fussy and it seems to alleviate her symptoms so that she can get back to sleep.  But lately we’ve been hearing a lot about amber teething necklaces too. My sister in law was the first one to tell us about them (thanks Katie!) and she’s had great success using one with our nephew. Since she told us about them we’ve been hearing about them quite a bit – it turns out that they are a very common remedy for teething in some European countries!

How do they work? Apparently the warmth from baby’s skin releases succinic acid from the Baltic amber which is then absorbed into the bloodstream. This improves immunity and the balance of acids in the body. It is said to relieve teething pain without resorting to any type of drugs – homeopathic or otherwise. Sounds good to me! I am continually amazed at all of the natural remedies out there that are so uncommon in our culture. Will it work? I don’t know, but I’m sure willing to give it a try – we picked one up for her today so we’ll see if her symptoms are milder with the next teeth that come in.  And, if it doesn’t help Karis feel better, it sure is a cute accessory!

What other natural remedies for baby do you know of that work for you? I’d love to hear about them.

Thanks for reading,

Karen