Imagine the worst tooth ache you ever had, then imagine your first tooth breaking through your gumline…. Ouch! We have all gone through teething as infants and now as adults we take care of our own little mini-mes as they reach the life milestone of teething. Being a mammy to three gorgeous children means I have met this milestone myself (thank god I can’t remember it) and I have met it head on three times with my little ones when they were babies.
I tried every lotion and potion on the market, every Teether, every gadget, I tried them all. Some worked brilliantly, some not so much, it all depends on the child, their needs and what works for them. But the one thing the Teethers all had in common in my house at least is that they got thrown some where into the unknown when my teething baba could not handle the pain for a moment more and I would end up buying a new gadget to help sooth my little baba.
Luckily for me all of my children are all but out of the teething stages. From time to time Jack (almost 2) goes through what I feel is teething but again as he has special needs it could be a sensory issue.
A lot of children with special needs have various sensory issues raging from mild to the severe. Sensory issues can exist anywhere in the body but if you are unable to speak you will no doubt have oral sensory issues at some level. When you are unable to physically speak, you can imagine that there are a whole host of muscles around the mouth that are not being used.
Muscles when not used can cease/constrict/have low tone, add to this your child may also have Oral sensory issues and you can then begin to imagine why many children with special needs require various special needs “Chewys”. But what if you do not have a “Chewy” (Plastic chewable (non-edible) objects for children with Sensory Processing Disorder) or your child with special needs will not use or may not like to use a chewy?
MikaB Teething Jewellery
I was very lucky recently to find out through a friend about an Irish company that provided Teething Jewellery for babies. Dominika owner of MikaB Teething Jewellery very kindly sent me on some of her products for Conor and Jack to try out.
Mika B Teething Jewellery is an Irish Company set up by Dominika and her husband Szymon. They created the Teething Jewellery ‘for mums with babies in mind’. I remember Jack and especially Conor would chew away on my necklaces when they were babies if given half a chance but of course as it was too dangerous the necklaces, bracelets and bangles would all be put away until the boys were older.
Mika B Teething Jewellery puts a stop to this problem. The jewellery is designed for moms primarily but with babies in mind, meaning it is BPA free, safe and suitable for teething babies to chew on when their mums are wearing them.
The Jewellery is available in a host of vibrant colors, there are 3 types of jewellery you can choose from a Pendant, Necklace or Bangle. The Jewelley is BPA free and is made from non-toxic, food grade silicone; the same as most bottle teats and soothers.
The necklace and pendants have a breakaway clasp for safety and this complies with the legal and very rigorous EN71 toys safety standard.
Dominika recommends that you throw away any of the pieces if you notice any signs of wear and tear and to note also that despite the jewellery being suitable for teething babies, the pieces are not toys and should be used by babies only under parental supervision.
All of the jewellery can be washed with warm soapy water.
Conor is 5 years old, has Autism and Sensory Processing Disorder and has not spoken yet. He chews a lot on ‘Chewys’ and they give him a lot of relief but recently it has been a huge struggle to get him to use his. He usually throws it somewhere when I am not looking so when Dominika sent the boys her MikaB Teething Jewellery to try out I was delighted.
I would normally have to coax Conor into trying out new sensory equipment but straight away he took to the teething necklace as it has a similar texture to the Chewy he would normally use but the beads on the Teething Necklace are smaller and more easy for him to chew on and to physically fit in to his mouth. He spent ages chewing, very relaxed and carried it with him at dinner time. Normally when he needed to chew for sensory relief he would have either thrown away his “Chewy” or I would find him chewing on hard plastic toys belonging to Jack.
I was very impressed with how at ease he was using it and I didn’t have to keep reminding him to use it as he was so happy to chill out playing with his Ipad and having a chew. Of the three products Dominika sent on for the boys to try out Conor’s favorite was hands down the necklace. He has been using it in the days since he first got it and it is a huge hit.
I would recommend it to every Special Needs Mammy who is finding it hard for her child to use their Chewys, As it is a necklace you can wear yourself you will always have an alternative with you to a special needs “Chewy” when you are out and about. A great resource available in a variety of colors.
Conor liked the Pink Pendant as well but was most taken with the necklace I think primarily because of it’s size and how easily he could chew on it.
Jack is almost 2 years old and also has Autism/Sensory Processing Disorder. He chews constantly on his toys and mouths a lot of objects as well. He was most taken with the Teething Bracelet. He has poor fine motor skills so the thickness of the Bracelet and it’s smooth texture meant it was very easy for him to hold. As expected he had the bracelet in his mouth within seconds of getting his little hands on it. He really enjoyed having a good chew. He likes to always hold his favorite toys/objects (a trait of Autism) and you can guess one of the objects he has held constantly since was his Teething Bracelet.
As Jack is unable to speak we observe his behaviors to help us understand what he is trying to communicate to us. His new bracelet is a favorite for sure, it’s design means he can use it himself with ease and also when out and about I can have it on my wrist, giving the bracelet to him when he needs it.
The Teething Jewellery is very easy to clean which is a plus when you have two little men who do not have great fine motor skills and drop a lot of objects they hold as a result.
Having watched my two little men this week using MikaB Teething Jewellery I would recommend them for children with special needs who have Sensory Processing Disorder. As noted by Dominika, Mika B Teething Jewellery are not toys and as such should be used under adult supervision.
Disclaimer- I received the MikaB Teething Jewellery to review and have not received any payment whatsoever. The views expressed above are honest and my own.
Thanks again to Dominika from MikaB Teething Jewellery you have made two little boys very happy. x