Teething babies usually discharge a lot of salivae. But what if the saliva comes out too much so that it disrupts the baby’s activity. Teething children usually like to bite anything into their mouths. To get around this feeling of ‘itching’, some mothers rely on amber necklaces to reduce pain when children are teething. Amber necklaces can be obtained at shopping centers or online shopping sites for 19.99$.
A number of celebrities who have babies in the teething phase also wrap Baltic Amber teething necklace on their necks of their babies. Call it young mother Gisella Anastasia, Zaskia Adya Mecca, Jessica Iskandar, Sabai Morscheck, and Chelsea Olivia. Last September 12, Chelsea, 25, wrote that one of the properties of amber necklaces was to reduce the effects of pain. He put on his daughter Nastusha, when he began to grow teeth.
Amber is derived from fossil sap of pine succinifera which formed 40 million years ago. The fossil contains succinic acid, a substance that can reduce inflammation. The Baltic Wonder, one of the amber accessory sellers from Florida, on its website, mentions only amber from the Baltic region that contains high levels of succinic acid, which functions to relieve inflammation naturally, pain relief, and an immune system booster. When babies use accessories from amber, their body heat will trigger the release of succinic acid which is then absorbed through their skin, thereby reducing the discomfort of teething.
Some of the claims were doubted by Armasastra Bahar. The professor of dentistry at the University of Indonesia Faculty of Dentistry said, since hundreds of years ago, European society believed amber was useful to help heal wounds and increase endurance. The succinic acid content will come out by heating at a temperature of 180 degrees Celsius.
The problem is, according to Arma, there is no such high temperature in daily use of amber. Baby’s body heat is only 36 degrees Celsius. Can rise slightly during fever. “But it’s still too far to be able to remove succinic acid,” he said. Even there is no research that proves the use of amber can relieve teething pain.
Many say, even if the amber content comes out, it is not necessarily good for the body. However, according to Melanie, succinic acid is a chemical, which, if used continuously, can accumulate inside the body. “If you are overweight, you can experience kidney and liver disorders,” he said. Melanie reminded, the use of necklaces, especially during sleep, was also feared to make the baby suffocate.
Saliva floods that many parents complain about is actually a natural mechanism to look after the baby. “Saliva sweeps the germs out,” experts said. So, instead of using amber necklaces, the two professors of dentistry advised parents to pay more attention to the oral hygiene of their children from birth. For example, after each feeding, the baby’s oral cavity must be wiped with gauze soaked in warm water. “If the mouth is clean, you don’t need to use stones, the pain disappears quickly,” the experts said.
experts say the use of teether also stimulates tooth growth through friction which helps open the gums and muscle stimulation around the jaw. Fuss when teething, according to him, can also be suppressed by increasing the supply of breast milk, in accordance with its function to build child endurance. With enough dose, the child’s body can fight infection so that the wound in the gums heals faster.