Why does my baby constantly wake up crying, grumpy and mad at the world? If your little one wakes up crying in the middle of the night, or wakes up from nap time in hysteria, research shows there is probably a reason for this. I have four kids. Three of them loved bedtime, naps, all of it. My 4th... oh the struggles!! Nights were unbelievably frustrating. I never relaxed during naps, knowing it was just a matter of time before the beast awakened. I played Jaws theme music in my head as soon as I heard any movement.
At 7 months, babies are meant to sleep 12 to 16 hours per day which includes a 9 to 12 hour stretch in the night. For many parents, this is far from reality. There are three reasons your days and nights may be filled with exhaustion from a non-rested baby. These are sleep inertia, anxiety, discomfort or a combination of these.
As an adult, you know that sometimes you wake up in the middle of the night feeling wide awake, but other times you feel groggy, disoriented, and out of sorts. When you wake up groggy, you are experiencing sleep inertia. Sleep inertia happens when you suddenly wake up during REM sleep. During REM sleep, your melatonin level is high.
When melatonin levels are low upon waking, you will feel sharp and well-rested. It is a process for your melatonin levels to drop. You need to get to the stage of non-REM sleep to wake up properly. HERE is more extensive information on melatonin and how it works.
Sleep inertia happens to infants as well. If your baby wakes up during REM sleep in the middle of the night, this is extra upsetting. Then it can make it even harder to get them back to sleep. During nap time, if they wake up during REM, then they can cry for 30 minutes or longer while melatonin returns to a lower level.
The effects of sleep inertia in infants presents itself when babies are constantly yawning, rubbing their eyes and staring blankly during their awake time. They will be quite irritable as well. The best thing that can help babies that don't get a good night's sleep is for them to get a good nap. But don't allow them to nap too long or else they will have even a lesser chance of sleeping through the night again. Then the cycle may happen all over again.
One of the biggest causes for infants ages 8 to 12 months not sleeping through the night is due to anxiety. Especially separation anxiety. This was the culprit for my 4th child. Babies are more aware of their surroundings and become very uncertain when their parents or caregivers are out of their sight. They have no concept of time. They have a hard time understanding that when parents leave, they will come back. A lot of parents find reduction in anxiety when swaddling at infant age and sleep sacs when they outgrow swaddles. Also, being consistent and not "rescuing them" when they wake up crying. This can create a bad habit that is hard to break. A lot of pediatricians recommend waiting for a few minutes to see if the baby will soothe themselves. If not, then go to the crib and give a few pats for reassurance and then leave. Repeat as needed. Do not take your baby out of the crib. This really is SO HARD for some parents. Just ask my husband haha.
When babies wake up and don’t see their parents, they can become very anxious. This will not happen to co-sleeping because they see that parents are right there. However, parents who co-sleep with their babies and make the switch to a toddler bed in a separate room, will probably have an extra hard time.
There are many reasons why infants wake up from being uncomfortable. One of the biggest reasons is teething. Teething pain can wake up your baby and prevent them from going back to sleep. Try a natural approach to teething pain while they sleep. Use an amber teething anklet or wrap a teething necklace twice around their ankles and then put them in footy pajamas to keep it in place and prevent them from messing with it. Amber contains succinic acid. Succinic acid is used in many medications to reduce inflammation and reduce pain. Medication is not needed to get them benefits from succinic acid. When amber is worn against the skin, the succinic acid is absorbed into the bloodstream, reducing teething symptoms naturally. HERE are some my favorite teething anklets/bracelets.
Another common cause for infants to be up in the night is when they are sick. Try diffusing essential oils for common ailments like congestion. Make sure to do proper research on which oils to use and the amounts.
Eventually your baby will get to a point where they will sleep through the night more often than they don't. This means YOU will finally get more sleep as well. Understanding the 3 main causes for your baby’s nighttime and nap-time tears can help you either find a solution, or at least be aware of the science behind what is going on. Sometimes just knowing why things are happening helps you be able to get through tough times!
Losing your Mind? You Kind of Are.
Have you ever poured your leftover coffee in the washing machine? Mixed up crazy hair and ugly Christmas sweater day? Turned around in a complete panic to count heads in your car to make sure you had your kids? Dumped breast milk down the sink accidentally (double gasp at this one). I consider myself an organized, calendar keeping, have it mostly together kind of mama. But all of these happened to me, and I know I am not alone. Before kids, these types of mishaps simply were not a thing. Of course, I had the once in awhile oops moment, but nothing compares to now… enter mom brain.
After school activities, homework, meal planning, outfits to pick out… it’s a lot. But no matter how much there is to keep straight, the volume of “extra” in your life is not the only reason for mom brain. Super emotional after having kids? Some of that uncontrollable boo hooing is attributed to fatigue, new mom anxiety, being overwhelmed, the strong desire for perfection, etc., but it’s actually more scientific than that.
Researchers have found that pregnancy changes the structure of the brain, including its size, which regulates emotions and empathy. So 'mom brain' starts out as 'pregnancy brain' and it does not automatically change back after giving birth. The brain is changed for a minimum of two years afterwards, and sometimes much longer. Then what happens when you have pregnancy, then baby, then repeat? Oh man... ever feel like you are losing your mind? Well, you kind of are!
Women without kids volunteered to have an MRI of their brain. And then the same women went back to have the scan done after they had their first child. The results were loss of grey matter in different regions of the brain which is responsible for cognition, memory and how things are perceived.
But it’s not all bad. They also found an increase in activity in the area of the brain responsible for empathy and nurturing. This change signals the brain to put your baby's needs first, also known as the mother instinct. Which is awesome right? Yes, however, now that your brain is telling you to put your needs on the back-burner all of the time, you can be in danger of negatively impacting your brain further. Studies show that if you do not take care of your own needs, get adequate sleep, and fuel your body properly, your brain suffers even more. Being aware of these changes are important for you and your spouse to understand. Overcoming mom brain is not impossible. Research shows that taking these steps drastically improves your brain function.
1. Eat Foods to Improve Brain Power
Yes, the grey matter has been disappearing which means some of your brain cells have died. However, you can still keep the rest of your brain powerful. Your gut health is tied to how you function cognitively. This means you will want to allow the good bacteria to grow in your gut. Yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, tempeh, miso, kombucha, and pickles are all foods rich in probiotics. You can also take a probiotic and a prebiotic supplement. (Do extensive research before just grabbing one off the shelf. A phone call to your doctor’s office for recommendations is a free, credible resource.)
Eat foods that are high in antioxidants and good fats. Blueberries, green leafy vegetables, and many other fruits are high in antioxidants. Avocados, salmon, nuts and eggs are also great sources of fat that will help strengthen brain power. If you are unable to consume all of the necessary nutrients, then supplements are recommended.
2. Exercise Your Body
It may be cliche, exercising on a daily basis is needed for your brain to stay strong and functional. Exercise keeps the circulation going and delivers oxygen to all of the cells in your body which includes your brain. This one is extra personal for me. After the birth of my second child, I joined a spin class at the gym. I was way overweight, completely out of shape, and SO beyond scared to walk into the spin room. But I did, and magic happened. I felt alive, invigorated, joyful, uncoordinated and like I was going to die all at the same time. But I did it! And it hurt so good! I noticed a big difference in my mental health compared to when I had my first child. I lost weight, I felt amazing, and I was inspired to want to help other moms find passion in exercise. I got my certifications to teach, and 16 years later I’m still teaching! Hate spin? No problem. There is literally an exercise form for every preference. Zumba, water aerobics, walking, the list is endless. Bottom line is, you need to exercise not only for your body, but for your brain health.
Ahhhh yes. “Get more sleep”, they say. Insert eye roll. I know, I have four kiddos. I get it! Did you know that even if you do not fall asleep, your brain and body are resting and restoring more than if you were up and active? Even if you cannot fall asleep while your baby is napping, force yourself to at least lie down and close your eyes.
4. Me Time
My friend has a prayer closet. She has three kids, one is a baby. When her little girl Amelia wakes up around 6:30 AM, there is no such thing as “me time” for the rest of her day. At 5:30 AM her alarm goes off. She makes a cup of tea, goes in her closet, prays, journals, and has time for herself. She has never considered herself a morning person, so this has been quite the change. She tells me her mental and emotional health has improved drastically since starting this practice.
Journaling, yoga, prayer, sitting in silence, deep breathing, a bubble bath... they all impact your brain. These activities help rewire the brain so you can become more efficient in problem-solving and improve your memory skills. Make it part of your daily routine. Experts agree that even 15 minutes will be beneficial. Moms, it is NOT selfish to tell your husbands you need 15 minutes with no interruptions. The payoff for 15 minutes of me time is huge for you and your family.
Mom brain is real, but you can combat the effects. It is imperative for your spouse, your mom, and whoever else is in your squad to know all the facts. Have them read this blog post and start an open conversation with them. In order for you to be successful with your eating habits, exercise, resting, and time for yourself, they need to be on board too. You, your baby, and everyone around you will all benefit by YOU taking action to be the best possible version of yourself.
Me and my kid crew
My teenage daughter walked by me while getting ready to go to school. She was in a rush. Her hair looked a little rough. She definitely wore her pants to bed the night before. She didn’t look like a disaster, but had that, “I really didn’t try” look. I was faced with three options. Choose, lose or snooze. I can say something to her (choose), decide it’s not worth it (lose), or make a mental note that it is not important now, but maybe I will address it later (snooze).
Often in parenting, you have to make lightning fast decisions. I created the choose, lose, or snooze method when my two oldest children became teenagers. Because I am a perfectionist, I wanted the most perfectly groomed children at church. I grounded my son for anything less than a C on a test (despite his learning struggles). I fixed my daughter’s hair after she already had done it. And I was wearing myself out. I was wearing my kids out, my husband out, and creating many tense moments at home. When situations arise with my children, I assess. Is this a battle I choose, lose, or snooze?
Battles to Choose (Worth It)
Teach your children what it means to live a financially responsible life. It is imperative to learn this at an early age so they can thrive independently as an adult. Giving simple chores and a small allowance from toddler-hood such as separating socks (even if you have to redo it) is the first step in shaping their financial future. As business owners, our kids have been “working the business” since they were 3. They have to earn money for anything they want or need (except for the very rare, just because gift). My children NEVER ask for money, toys, video games, etc. We have changed the narrative in our home, even for our 5 year old. If my teenager wants to buy a class shirt, she knows she needs to ask like this. “I need $15 for a class shirt. Can I work to earn money for it?” If they do not want to work, then they really do not want it badly enough.
Our teens have jobs outside the home. As I mentioned, we own a business, and we really could employ them fully. But we feel that giving them work anytime they want something doesn’t teach them about real life. And sometimes we have family work nights where no one gets paid. It’s just everyone pitching in to fill orders. These nights are some of my favorite family memories. Dance music, hot chocolate, silliness, and working together for a common goal.
Doing Their Best In School
Insist your kids do their best in school. My 5 year old has a brain for numbers. She begs me to print off math sheets to do before school. My 7 year old struggles. Math, reading, spelling, all of it. I can already see things are going to look very differently for them throughout their school career. One may be an A student, and one a C student, but I will insist they put forth maximum effort. This is real life practice for real life! Teaching them to do their best at the hard things (my 7 year old), and teaching them if things aren’t hard, push yourself beyond your comfort level (my 5 year old).
Nutrition And Fitness Affects Their Future
You develop all your fat cells you are going to have in life by the time you hit puberty. From there, your fat cell size can shrink and grow, but the number of actual cells remain the same. Your body needs a certain number of calories to function. When you eat more than your body needs, it is stored as fat. We all know that, but what actually happens is you expand the size of your cells. You do not gain cells. So what happens to an overweight child that reaches puberty and then becomes an adult? Let me explain.
Suzie was overweight as a child. She is now 30, still overweight and wants to lose 50 pounds. Amanda was not overweight as a child. She is now 30, overweight, and also wants to lose 50 pounds. Amanda has less fat cells than Suzie. It will be relatively easier for Amanda to lose the weight and keep it off. When you lose weight, you do not lose fat cells. You simply shrink those cells. Someone who has 25 billion fat cells (normal), has it a lot easier than someone with 75 billion.
A child who is overweight at puberty has an uphill battle their entire lives. I spent many years in the health field. I was a personal trainer, college nutrition instructor, and I still teach fitness classes. I have seen this type of thing first hand so many times. This is a battle you must CHOOSE with your children. Insist on healthy eating and physical activity. I know it’s hard. Three of my kids love healthy foods, and one would live on only cheese and sausage if given the choice. I hand fed her blueberries this morning. One at a time. Praising her for each one she ate without tears. (Who doesn’t like blueberries?!). Choose to battle. It is vital. With that being said, I let my kids have ice cream on special occasions. I let them have soda at nana’s on holidays. I even let them have whatever soccer snack is given after the game. But these are treats. Not the normal. Teach them the difference between treats and lifestyle, and lead by example. Their future depends on it.
Note: If your teenager is overweight, don’t lose heart after reading this. I know this is a sensitive subject for teens, but they need to know the truth. Teaching them to change their lifestyle while under your roof is the best thing you can do for them!
Battles to Lose (Not Worth It)
I believe that perfect motherhood is when a mom desires to be the best version of themselves. But no mother is perfect. Stop battling for perfection. It is impossible. Forget about keeping the house perfectly clean. Forget about making elaborate and organic meals for your kids, even though nutrition is ideal. Forget about overly hyping up the holidays, birthdays, or anything that adds extra stress. Strive to be the best version of yourself in all areas of your life, and cut yourself slack when you don’t reach your goals. Reading this parenting blog already shows your desire to grow and learn, so pat yourself on the back and give yourself a gold star!
Hair and Clothes Battle
I shut my constantly on this one. It is SO hard! I have two littles and two bigs. Luckily my two littles wear all the frilly and foofy things I want them to, for the most part. One child has to wear socks inside out and the other is apparently “allergic to jeans” so it’s leggings every single day. Mild in comparison to the teenage years. My son’s clothes rarely match. Stripes with plaids, yellow and orange, all the fashion horrors. I inwardly cringe all the time. His favorite pair of Converse looks like they have been a chew toy for our dog. His school has a program that gives shoes to underprivileged kids. Awesome program! They sent new shoes home with him this year. I sent them back, thanking them wholeheartedly, but explained he wants to wear the ones he had (even though he has plenty) and to please give them to a child that actually needed them. I have had calm conversations with him about his style. It is my job to give him the information about fashion and style and have offered to teach him what looks good together (because let’s face it, sometimes guys just don’t even see it). I have been met with a very strong no. He thinks he looks great. He does not want to hear it. Conversation done. Trust me, keeping my mouth shut is NOT easy. One Sunday at church my daughter said, “Mom, he came to church looking homeless.” Someone overheard her. This very wise person said, “Yes, but your brother came to church.” What perspective! Yes, my 18 year old son was at church! I will be thankful for that! However, family picture day, funerals, and weddings are all mine. I will pick out their clothes and even give them a few choices. Because I lay off of them the rest of the time, they totally just go along with it.
The Honor Roll Obsession
As mentioned before, you want your kids to do their best in school. However, their best may not be what you pictured for them when they were a baby. I have a child with a learning disability. We celebrate “C” level work when it is apparent they are giving their best. Focus on your child’s successes and not their failures. Otherwise you will stress out both you and your child and you can damage their self-esteem.
Battles to Snooze (Maybe Worth It)
A LOT falls into this category. These are battles you let go in the moment, and maybe address at a later time. This takes out some of the emotion. In the heat of the moment, conversations can be felt as attacks (especially in the mind of a teen). You may find when you are out of the situation for a few minutes, hours, or days, that it really is not that important anyway. Or you may need time to talk it over with your husband or to pray about it.
Snooze when in the middle of celebrating a big win for your child. My teenage daughter gets mostly gets As and I never have to check on her. She is is a self-driven, motivated student. She texted that she got an A on a math test. I sent all the congrats emojis back. A few minutes later, I noticed she had forgotten to put away the dishes the night before. This was not the time to battle. This was the time to snooze. First of all, she had studied hard for the math test. Do not take away from that celebration. Second, she was at school. Never send battle texts while at school. Ever. Kids have enough distractions to get through the day. Getting a “disappointed mom” text does no good. As hard as it is, hit snooze, and wait until an appropriate time when they get home.
Parenting is tough. We all blow it, make mistakes, and wish for redos. Applying this technique increased my parenting wins, and I am sure it will for you too. You got this. Take a deep breath. Assess the situation. Then ask, is this battle a choose, lose, or snooze?
Don't Over-complicate it
Many people wear amber jewelry because it is beautiful. But some wear amber for the health benefits, made possible by the succinic acid it contains. It is vital that your amber is real, so that you or your child can see the results from the healing properties it contains.
Some people get caught up in ALL the at home testing and they over-complicate things. Most of the authenticity tests you will find online should be done by an amber expert, plus a lot of the results are left to interpretation (like the smell test). Plus some of the tests will ruin your jewelry (like the burn test). Stop over-complicating it, and use these tests.
The Visual Test
The visual test is one of the simplest and quickest tests you can do, and a lot of amber experts agree that it’s the only test that needs to be done.
Get out your reading glasses and look closely. Super close. Real amber beads are unique in its appearance. Look for imperfections like small air bubbles, tiny cracks, pivots, indentations, lines, debris, etc. Each amber bead is as unique as a snowflake. If your piece is polished or black, the imperfections are a little harder to see, but hold it up to a light and look closely. If your amber has these imperfect qualities, then it is more than likely real. It would cost someone a lot of money to create all these imperfections in the beads, just as much or more as it would be to get the real deal.
The Salt Water Test
IMPORTANT NOTE: If your jewelry contains any other stone, quartz, pearls, etc., these dense materials will sink, so it will pull your jewelry down to the bottom with it. This test will not work. Remember though, the visual test really is enough to put your mind at ease. If your piece does not contain extra stones, you can try the following.
Take 3 tablespoons of salt and stir it into 8 oz of warm water until dissolved. Place your amber into the bowl, and it will float towards the top. The side with the clasp will try dragging the piece down a little. This is normal because the clasp weighs more than amber.
Keep it simple, trust your eyes, and if in doubt, ask to see a copy of the amber authenticity report from the company you are buying from. This report will be for their amber in general, not for each individual piece. To get each amber jewelry piece certified (like you get with a certified diamond) would at minimum quadruple the price of jewelry for the customer. This is why each piece does not have its own certificate number.
Lastly, purchase from a reputable company. An established company will not jeopardize their entire business by selling fakes. And do not always believe product reviews. If you have read some negative reviews by past customers, a lot can go wrong with the test they performed, and your decision to buy should not be made solely on a customer’s opinion.
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There is not a specific month for your baby's teeth to make their grand entrance. Teething usually occurs between 3 and 12 months old. Let's face it, that's a wide range, and parents can be kept guessing... is my baby teething? It can be really hard to tell, especially with babies who suffer from colic, or are generally more fussy. While some babies experience teething pain for months, others have virtually no symptoms. Think your baby may be teething? Check for these signs.
Teething stimulates drooling. If you notice regular drooling amounts suddenly turning into a pouring faucet, this is a big sign teething has begun. Throw on a bib to keep your baby dry and more comfortable (some babies go through several bibs a day). You should wipe your baby's chin gently throughout the day to help prevent rashes.
During teething, it is normal that babies try to put everything in their mouths. This acts as a reliever for the pain. Try a teething ring or chewy toy. A lot of parents love ones that you can put in the fridge. The cold ring can help reduce swollen gums. Some babies do not like the feel of the cold ring in their hands, so don't buy a ton of them until you get to know your baby's preference.
3) Rashes Around The Mouth And Chin
If your baby is drooling, this may lead to redness, chapping, chafing, and rashes around his mouth and chin. When the drooling is severe, you may also find these on his neck. The best thing you can do here is to pat it away to prevent neck rash. You can also try to use a nursing cream to create a moisture barrier.
While it varies from baby to baby, some babies tend to cry a lot more during this stage. After all, they are in pain, and that is their natural reaction. A lot of parents agree that the first teeth coming in tend to hurt the most. So, if your baby is getting his first tooth and he is crying a lot, this doesn't necessarily mean that it will happen with all his teeth.
Since your baby may be drooling more than usual, he may not be able to handle all the saliva in his mouth. This can lead to coughing.
6) Refusing To Eat
It's normal that babies refuse to eat when they are teething, even if they are already eating solid foods. The truth is that solid foods, bottle or even breast, can make them feel worse. So, they will tend to cry not only because of their gums hurt but also because they are hungry.
Irritability is normal. The little tooth that is about to appear is pressing your baby's gums and can put your little one in a grumpy mood.This affects some babies for just a couple of hours, but others can be irritated for days or even weeks until the tooth pushes through.
8) Cheek Rubbing And Ear Pulling
When your baby is teething, you may notice that he is rubbing his cheek or pulling his ear. This is normal since the cheek, ear, and gums share the same nerves. This is a natural reaction, and your baby is just trying to get some relief from the pain.
If your baby is like most, then fussiness, crying and irritability is at the top of the symptom list. This makes for long days and nights for both babies and parents. Consider trying the natural route and use an amber teething necklace. Keep in mind it is not a guarantee to work, as everyone absorbs the natural succinic acid from the amber differently in their bodies. However, the success rate is really high and is definitely worth the try!
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By the time your baby turns 6 months, you will probably have an arsenal of swaddle blankets. Parents quickly realize it is a warm and cozy way to keep their baby close and calm. Ever wonder swaddling really does work?
Swaddling is the technique of wrapping your baby in a blanket for warmth and security. The tightness of the blanket makes sure your baby can’t hurt themselves and settles them down when overstimulated. Ever watch your baby punch themselves in the eye, and then look at you like you did it? Ha!
Because your baby can’t move their arms, it helps to calm them down rather than being over stimulated by every movement and sound. Their startle reflex is lessened since they can’t get startled from their own movements. This also helps your baby sleep longer and deeper, something every parents can say amen about!
The baby will feel like they’re being held and also feels similar to when your baby was still growing inside your womb. This calms your baby and may even help them to stop crying quickly. Only swaddle your baby after having fed them and changed their diapers. Otherwise they will be fussy nonetheless. Having a wet booty will trump even the best swaddle.
How to swaddle your baby
First, it’s important to know not to wrap your baby too tightly. This can cause stunted growth or hip dysplasia. Here is a short guide to wrap your baby safely and correctly.
Step 1: Lay the blanket on a flat surface with one of the 4 corners at the top, creating a diamond shape. Fold down the top corner about 15cm/6 inches until you have a straight edge.
Step 2: Place your baby with their shoulders against the edge you have just made, the rest of their body should be on the blanket.
Step 3: If you baby is fussy, bring their left arm down and fold the left corner over their arms and body and tuck it underneath their back.
Step 4: Bring down their right arm and fold the right corner over their arm and body and tuck it underneath their left side.
Step 5: Fold the bottom of the blanket but leave enough space for your baby to kick their legs and move their hips naturally. Tuck it loosely underneath them.
Lolly Llama Swaddles
Our swaddles are made from 100% bamboo without the use of toxic ingredients. Bamboo has naturally thick fibres and therefore creates a soft and warm blanket which is perfect for babies. The blankets are 47 inches by 47 inches and can be used for multiple purposes too, like burping cloths, nursing blanket and as a stroller cover. It’s also machine washable, getting softer with every wash!
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Is Amber Guaranteed to Work for Everyone?
No, and beware of companies that claim that amber works for everyone, 100% of the time. Think about it. There are a multitude of over the counter and prescription pain relievers. Why? Because not everyone reacts the same way to every medicine. This is true whether you use natural or synthetic methods. My friend Joey and his wife are both allergic to pollen. Every morning, he wakes up and takes two antihistamine pills, and it works great for him. Antihistamine makes his wife want to crawl back in bed and her head feel like its a floating balloon.
Given the fact that every human body is different, claiming the succinic acid (the substance found in amber to provide pain relief) will work for everyone is not responsible advertising. More often than not though, it does work. We do get emails from time to time stating that it did not work for them or their child. In this case, I make sure they have tried it for at least two weeks. If so, I ask if they want to hold onto it and try it again. If the answer is no, then a full refund is given without any issues. Customer satisfaction is always guaranteed.
Should you Try Amber, Knowing it is not Guaranteed to Work?
I tell customers that if it does not work for them or their child, bravo for at least trying a safe and natural method. And in the very least, they still end up with an adorable accessory at an affordable price. For babies, if it does not help at 6 mo, it does not mean it will not help at 12 mo. So it is always good to hold onto it and try at different teething stages.
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You're Not Alone Momma
Drooling, gnawing, crying, irritability... teething can be the worst! It certainly is exciting when our little ones get their first tooth, but let's be real, sometimes the symptoms can make you feel like you're losing your mind. One mom wrote me an email and said, "HELP! I can't believe I was ever excited for Micah to get his first tooth. Neither of us have slept for two days. The struggle is real"! Yes momma, yes it is.
Oral Teething Gel Recall
When my first two children were babies, grabbing the oral gel was the most popular go to for teething relief. But then the recalls from the FDA started rolling in. You can read the full article from the FDA website HERE. The last several years have also seen a big shift in parents committing to raising their children as chemical free as possible. The combination of these two things have increased the popularity of using amber as a natural teething remedy.
Amber Used for 1000's of Years
In the United States, we think of the use of amber as alternative treatment, but it is used in normal medical practices in many parts of the world still today. Amber has stood the test of time and is noted in countless historical documents as a natural healer. The father of medicine himself, Hippocrates (460-377 BC) wrote a lot about the different medical uses for amber. These applications have been passed across civilizations and down through generations.
Why does Amber have the Power to Heal?
Amber contains a property called, succinic acid. Robert Koch, Nobel Prize winner and pioneer of bacteriology, spent years studying succinic acid, proving it to enhance immunity, relieve pain, and reduce inflammation. Succinic acid is nothing new in the pharmacological world. It is an ingredient found in many over the counter and prescription medications. Read more on the science of succinic acid from the U.S. National Library of Medicine HERE.
Using Amber Necklaces for Teething Relief
When worn against the skin, small amounts of succinic acid are absorbed into the blood stream. For babies, amber can relieve teething pain, reduce swollen gums, and sometimes even reduce drooling. Some moms prefer bracelets or anklets, and that works too. Some moms report that necklaces work better, and some report they work equally. We would love to hear what works best for your little one!
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Hello! My husband Matthew and I own Lolly Llama. One of my favorite things is being able to create and design products for your family. The purpose of this blog is to write about the topics my customers ask me most! Contact me to ask your question. The answer to your question may be my next blog post!