Often, the infant's gums feel better when gentle pressure is placed on the gums. For this reason, many recommend gently rubbing the gums with a clean finger or having the child bite down on a clean wash cloth.
Massaging the jaw line can be comforting.
Cold objects may help reduce the inflammation as well. Many Parents have discovered the usefulness of frozen washcloths and ice cubes for this purpose. Be careful to avoid having prolonged contact of very cold objects on the gums. Also, never put anything into a child's mouth that might cause the child to choke.
There are some over-the-counter medicines can be placed directly on the gums to help relieve pain. They contain medicines that temporarily numb the gum. They may help for brief periods of time, but they have a taste and sensation that many children do not like. It is important not to let the medicine numb the throat because this may interfere with the normal gag reflex and may make it possible for food to be aspirated and get into the lungs. For this reason, many doctors do not recommend the use of these medicines. While some parents endorse topical medications, studies have not consistently shown their benefit.
Some Parents prefer to give medicines that are taken by mouth to help reduce the pain: Medications should be used only for the few times when the other home-care methods do not help. Caution should be taken not to overmedicate for teething. The medicine may mask significant symptoms that could be important to know about. Getting medical advice from your Doctor is important before self prescribing.
A Little History;
Bernstein is a German word and translates to Amber. Amber is a natural fossil resin and comes chiefly from the resins of pine trees that grew in northern Europe millions of years ago. The largest supply of Amber lies in the Baltic Sea area. Experts consider this Amber to be the only true Amber. It is from these deposits that the beads used in our teething necklaces are fashioned. The historic Amber trade, following the famous “Amber Trail” from Northern Poland, east to the Ukraine and ending at Odessa on the Black Sea, shows us what a very valuable asset Amber must have been for the old cultured people of Europe. Several thousand years ago the ancient Greeks observed that Amber attracted bits of lightweight material, such as feathers or straw, after it was rubbed with cloth. Although the Greeks did not know about electrical charge they were actually experimenting with static electricity when they rubbed Amber. It is the electrical charge that gives the healing power to the Amber stone. Interestingly, the Greek word for Amber is Elektron – the English words for electricity and electron come from this word.
Amber for Natural Healing;
So for hundreds of years, the properties of Amber were well known and it has been used through all centuries in the healing process, but, like so many other natural healing remedies was forgotten or ignored with the arrival of modern medicines.
Amber is a Bio-transmitter comparable to aromatherapy and homeopathy. The necklace is worn under the clothing next to the skin. It is best worn all the time removing only to clean or when the child is swimming or bathing. In our experience the child rarely touches or fiddles with the necklace. When the Amber is rubbed against cloth it stores an electro-negative charge; it is this stored loading that produces the healing effect. Similar to that of a copper bracelet worn by an arthritis sufferer.
It used to be traditional in parts of old Europe to hand the Bernstein necklace from one generation to the other just as it was traditional to do so with the christening gown. Today in Europe many children wear the beads from 3 months to around 7 years. We suggest that your child wear the necklace at least until they are approx. 3-4 years when the rear molars have erupted.
General Care of the Necklace;
Please remove the necklace before swimming or bathing. Whilst the necklace will cope with getting wet, we have experienced that the chlorine and other chemicals used in swimming and spa pools and the detergents in bath soaps and shampoos are having a detrimental effect on the silk threading. Once the necklace is wet it is essential that the necklace be removed and completely dried before it is re-worn. For hygiene of your infant the necklace must be removed and cleaned regularly. Using a soft cloth gently wipe clean each individual bead of Amber. The necklace can be rinsed in clean spring water (no chlorine, detergents please!) and left to dry in the sunlight. Keep the storage box with the soft pas for storing the necklace when it is not being used.
Necklace Guarantee;Our necklaces are made from the very best Amber available. They are specifically designed and made for babies and young children only. The Amber beads have been round polished and are threaded onto a silk thread, the necklace is then closed with a childproof gold-plated clasp. The manufacturer of our natural Bernstein necklace gives a lifetime guarantee on the silk threading and gold-plated clasp, but only if the necklace is well cared for. This means it must not go in chlorine, if it gets wet you must dry the necklace.( please see general care of the necklace for more details.) For hygiene reasons it is not possible for us to offer any refunds on worn necklaces.
• With teething, the baby often becomes susceptible to fevers, indigestion or other diseases.
• Breastfeeding and eating should be a happy time when you share laughter, love and warmth. If feeding or eating becomes a problem when teething try a change of environment. For example: Feed your baby outside or sing while you feed so that food becomes an enjoyable and soothing time.
• If the pain seems to be causing feeding problems, sometimes a different-shaped nipple or use of a cup may reduce discomfort and improve feeding.
Chamomile helps with digestion and calming the nervous system.
Signs of Babies who need Chamomile: