Many parents look back and wish they made different choices with their children or babies. For me, I reflect quite often at the amount of Infant Tylenol I gave my twin daughters. I’m sure it became almost a placebo – where I believed if they had Tylenol in their systems we would all sleep better and I was always told by my family Dr. to give Tylenol for pain. Well fast forward a few years later and I realize that infant Tylenol (along with a lot of recall scares) is filled with a chemical in the preservative that I now avoid – parabens. Two parabens in the Dye-Free Tylenol are called butylparaben and propylparaben. In addition to these chemicals, the other infant Tylenol liquid drops contain red dye, blue dye, high fructose corn syrup, and sorbitol solution, to name a few. So we’ve clarified that Infant Tylenol is not to be taken lightly, which I didn’t fully understand with my girls. A product that I’ve seen gain momentum with parents wanting holistic methods to treat their children are called Baltic Amber Teething Necklaces. Amber is a natural painkiller and has been used for centuries to treat and soothe teething babies. I know I would have tried this product for my children if I had been aware of it so I want to share. The beads caught my eye with my sponsor My Little Green Shop and my only reservation about putting a necklace on a sleeping baby was also eliminated because they have a bracelet/anklet version of Amber beads that can be placed on a sleeping baby. This was my toughest hour with cranky, teething twins, so the anklet design would have been an amazing investment.
How do they work? As mentioned, amber is a natural pain reliever and is a resin fossilized from prehistoric pine trees. When amber beads are worn against the skin, the warmth from the skin releases healing oils through the resin, which gets absorbed into the bloodstream. The anti-inflammatory properties are greatly recognized in homeopathic medicine and are a wonderful solution for moms looking for natural solutions for teething. Of course we know a wash cloth in the freezer or frozen banana is a great tip for fussy teething infants, but you can’t do that at night. These are the hours I found most difficult with my twins because I knew they would wake up very unhappy, with only breast milk to help sooth them. A natural remedy in my arsenal for helping ease teething pain would have been wonderful.
I don’t have babies anymore, so I passed testing of the Baltic Baby Amber Teething Anklet for this review to my friend Tannis and her little boy who has been showing signs of irritability and discomfort from teething. Tannis is a regular mom, rates herself a 7 on the ‘green meter’, and is trying to make healthier choices with her family. She was a perfect candidate to try these beads from My Little Green Shop and the review has been positive. Here are Tannis’ thoughts on the bracelet:
When the beads first arrived he had the red cheeks, chewing on everything and we had a bad few nights of waking every hour. His first tooth finally popped thru 10 days ago so obviously that was what it was. It was just a few days after that we started the bracelet. He’s had no teething symptoms other than drooling and red cheeks. Today I felt and his 2nd tooth has broken thru the skin! He hasn’t woken at night or anything!! Seeing as he had such discomfort with the first tooth I can only assume that this bracelet works!! Evan has had a few fussy moments here and there but no waking at night crying or anything… I’m usually so skeptical about these types of remedies but I think the bracelet really works.
Thank you Tannis for helping review this product! I know when I used Tylenol to ease teething discomfort for my kids, there was never a night I was convinced it worked. It was the only product I knew about and recommended from my Doctor. I now know there are options and they don’t always come in the form of a bottle or pill – they come from years of tested remedies that are slowly finding their way into families across North America. I hope you learn from my journey and question many of the traditional ideas we are given from family, Doctors, and friends and find chemical-free alternatives that can help our children.