Arlo has been teething since two and a half months. Well, that’s when the excessive dribbling and hand gnawing started. At a week shy of six months, he still has no teeth, but I don’t think it will be long now as I can see the white bumps where his top and bottom front teeth are due to pop through.

A couple of weeks ago his urge to gnaw everything in sight really stepped up. When I hold him he looks for anything he can grab (hair, clothes, zips) to chew. He rubs his teething toys ferociously against his gums. He pulls his t-shirts up to his mouth to chew. The excessive dribble is still present, hold him up for five minutes and his top and vest will be soaking wet. He’s become more whingey than usual, and I can only think this is due to his sore gums.


Mr Dribble:

I’ve heard a lot of good things about the natural healing qualities of amber, and found that a lot of forum mums rave that amber teething jewelry saved their lives. The theory behind it centres around the succinic acid contained in Baltic amber – an analgesic said to boost the immune system, reduce inflammation and aid the healing of wounds. The succinic acid is released into the bloodstream when the amber is worn close to the skin and warmed by body heat. Mums have told me wonderful stories of teething jewelry being better than any teething remedy they had tried, and that it even stopped the dribbling. That was the point that had me sold. It is a constant battle to keep Arlo dry, resulting in hourly bib casualties. All this dribbling really aggravates his eczema. So anything that might tame the dribble monster has got to be worth a try.

Although further from the site of pain, I decided to opt for an anklet rather than a necklace. Not because I didn’t want my boy wearing a girly item (I’ve had enough comments about this regardless), but I felt it would be safer for him to wear an anklet at night, and I knew he would grab and pull at anything placed around his neck. It arrived a week ago and he’s been wearing it ever since so I think enough time has passed for me to give it a fair assessment. It has done bugger all.

He is still in pain, a gnawing, dribbling, whingeing menace. But it looks pretty, so I’ll leave it on.


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    The lack of actual research into the purported benefits only increase my scepticism. This is about as close as I can get and it is also totally unsubstantiated:

    ‘ they work by releasing trace amounts of a natural pain reliever, when the amber is warmed on the baby’s skin.
    Chemistry professor at Otago University, Alan Blackman says that is nonsense.
    “You have to heat amber to over 200degC in order to be able to get any volatiles out of it, so I find that quite unlikely”


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