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Do amber teething beads really work? Lock Rss

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Real amber gemstones can be expensive. Small pieces can cost around $15. The teething beads you have may not be amber.

Amber's mystical properties probably stem from history as it was used to make electricity.

From Wikipedia:
"As reported by the ancient Greek mathematician Thales of Miletus around 600 BC, charge (or electricity) could be accumulated by rubbing fur on various substances, such as amber. The Greeks noted that the charged amber buttons could attract light objects such as hair. They also noted that if they rubbed the amber for long enough, they could even get an electric spark to jump. This property derives from the triboelectric effect.

In 1600, the English scientist William Gilbert returned to the subject in De Magnete, and coined the New Latin word electricus from ???????? (?lektron), the Greek word for amber, which soon gave rise to the English words "electric" and "electricity."

This is what might happen
From Wikipedia
"Sometimes macroscopic objects contain ions distributed throughout the material, rigidly bound in place, giving an overall net positive or negative charge to the object. Also, macroscopic objects made of conductive elements, can more or less easily (depending on the element) take on or give off electrons, and then maintain a net negative or positive charge indefinitely. When the net electric charge of an object is non-zero and motionless, the phenomenon is known as static electricity. This can easily be produced by rubbing two dissimilar materials together, such as rubbing amber with fur or glass with silk. In this way non-conductive materials can be charged to a significant degree, either positively or negatively. Charge taken from one material is moved to the other material, leaving an opposite charge of the same magnitude behind. The law of conservation of charge always applies, giving the object from which a negative charge has been taken a positive charge of the same magnitude, and vice versa."

If you think static electricity can stop the pain (perhaps it somehow blocks the neurological / nerve from delivering a pain signal). I have no idea.

I'm sure biting on the beads might help block the pain for a bit. Although that can be dangerous too. Carrot sticks are another option.

Teething occurs over a long period of time and it is difficult to tell when the tooth is actually coming through. The risk of wearing beads can be greater than the risks associated with a baby crying. Listening to your body's pain signals and learning your baby's cries is an option.

Baby crying is their way of communicating with you. Baby communication is an option i.e. talking calming to then while they are crying and reassuring them that they will be ok. Don't be upset if you can't always stop a baby from crying. Just speak calmly.
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