As I have mentioned before, Anna has been having the worst time teething. It's been hard on all of us. Our usually happy, smiling, content baby that had fallen into a wonderful sleep pattern has been cranky, irritable, fussy, restless, and generally MAD. She has not gone to sleep before about 11 PM but twice this whole month, and on those two nights she woke up again and kept us up until well past midnight. Both her and I are a bleary-eyed mess.
A nectarine popsickle - yummy, but didn't help.
A dear friend shared some information about amber teething necklaces with me. What I read made me drop whatever I was doing, and drive across town to buy one locally, TODAY. Yes, I was very desperate.
Nothing we had tried so far seemed to have brought any relief for my poor baby. I should throw in here that I am not the type to worry about every little discomfort our children experience. It's a part of life, a part of growing up. A little bit of pain accompanying natural processes such as teething are great teachers of patience, and enduring discomfort. In fact, I have never made any special accommodations for our teething babies, because none of the other ones ever seemed to be bothered much by it.
But Anna - she was IN PAIN.
Skeptical though I was, I must say the necklace worked wonderfully today. It took about 3 hours to take effect. Then I had my happy, smiling baby back - what a difference! Her gums still look really bad today, so I don't think it was just a coincidence.
Her sleep pattern is still off, so she did not fall asleep when I nursed her around bedtime as usual. But at least she was not fussing. She quietly and happily sat and watched from her high chair as I made and canned some pickle relish after the kids were in bed. Next time I turned around, she was snoozing happily in her chair.
Are you wondering how the necklace works? This info is from a website that sells beautiful amber necklaces and other similar products:
Baltic amber is not a stone, but a fossilized tree resin.
Historically, Baltic Amber has been used in Europe as a natural and traditional remedy and curative for many ailments for centuries. Long ago it was considered one of the leading medicines of its time. Baltic Amber is the most esteemed amber in the world, and the healing qualities of Baltic Amber make it unlike any other type of amber found in the world.
When baltic amber is worn on the skin, the skin's warmth releases trace amounts of healing oils from the amber. These oils contain succinic acid and are absorbed into the skin.
Baltic Amber has some of the highest concentrations of Succinic Acid found in nature, and this is what makes it so special. Succinic Acid is a natural component of plant and animal tissues, and it's presence in the human body is beneficial in many ways.
Not wanting to take away from these benefits by removing the necklace from Anna's body, I instead wound it around her little wrist for the night so she wouldn't strangle herself with it in her sleep. So far, so good - she has stayed fast asleep - and we both definitely need all the rest we can get!
Do any of you have any experience with amber necklaces for teething? How about hazel wood necklaces for morning sickness???