Vicks Vapour Rub

Jessica - posted on 04/17/2010 ( 30 moms have responded )

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my baby is just over 1 month old and i think he got a little bit of the cold from his dad, i want to know if it's okay to use vicks on him and if not what could i use to get the cold off his chest?

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Natalie - posted on 04/19/2010

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In the Vick's bottle says: "NOT TO USE ON CHILDREN UNDER TWO YEARS OF AGE" and the reason is that it could make the baby produce more mucosity than necessary, giving him breathing problems afterwards. So better ask you doctor, but if it's not too bad it should go away in a couple of days, breastfeed him a lot (as much as you can as long as he wants it).
If his nose is congested you can try a couple of saline solution (which you can make with drinking water and salt, but don't exagerate on the salt) up his nose to get the mucus loose and the suck it out with the ...well I don't know the name in English but it's the plastic round thing with a fine tip that is used to vacuum the mucus out babies nose). Always ask your doc.

Heather - posted on 04/17/2010

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the jars of vicks say that you can't use it on kinds under age 2, i think (it's because of the menthol). but all stores that sell is also sell a special rub that they make for babies, it's just called "vick's baby rub". i used it with my daughter and it worked great. i know it sounds weird- but people told me to put it on the bottoms of her feet, too, and then put socks on her, and that totally worked! found out later my grandfather even does that to himself. =)

Amberlee - posted on 04/17/2010

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Im not sure if you can use it on a child that young, i would call your ped.

When our little guy was real young i used to put it on myself so when i was holding him he could breath it in but it wasnt oh his skin

Karen - posted on 04/20/2010

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I use Vicks on my little man but put a layer of vaseline on first so that its not straight on his skin, works wonders! And I agree with it on the feet too, he always sleeps way better if I do his feet as well :)

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There is something called 'percussion therapy' where you take a cupped hand and pat the patient's back to help loosen the congestion...maybe this could help?



Quoting: "Percussion, also called cupping or clapping, involves rhythmically striking the chest wall with cupped hands. Mechanical devices can also be used. Percussion results in breaking up thick secretions in the lungs so that they can be more easily removed. Percussion is performed on each lung segment for one to two minutes at a time."

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Jessica - posted on 04/21/2010

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I found a chest rub for babies about two days ago and it seems to be working! thanks everyone.....any other tips are still welcome though.

Caroline - posted on 04/20/2010

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I agree with olbus oil in the water, and have done it on several occasions too, but have dissolved vicks vapour run in a cup of boiling water and left it in the room to vaporise the air, it works a treat, hope ur baby's feeling better soon, havn't heard about vapour rub on the feet but will try that myself in the future, thanks

Dee - posted on 04/20/2010

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also after reading some of the posts, they won't give u a nasal suction anymore. ask to see if u can use saline nasal drops as hes 1 the pharmasist might not give it u yet.

Dee - posted on 04/20/2010

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snuffle babies is what i used and even then i put it on his clothes and never on his skin directly. ask if he can have simple linctus, or if he has to be over 2, for his cough. the snuffle babies can be used for even wee ones.

Jennifer - posted on 04/19/2010

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I used it on my one month old and she never had any problems! it actually worked really well... along with a humidifier!

Mary - posted on 04/19/2010

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hi you can buy something called snuffle babes which is vicks vapour rub for babies. i've used it on a bit of tissue and tucked it in my bra when breastfeeding for my lo.

Tatiana - posted on 04/19/2010

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Even when using a humidifier you should not use the medicated inserts on a baby less than (2?)...just plane water.

Tatiana - posted on 04/19/2010

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no...Vicks Vapor rub is medicated. you shouldn't use anything medicated on a child that young. Vicks has a Baby rub which is un-medicated but has lavender scent to help soothe babies.

Terri - posted on 04/19/2010

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There are some capsules you can buy from the chemist which you cut open and put on a hanky and then tie the hanky near the crib or cradle (anywhere near the baby where they cannot reach it). It emits a eucalyptus/menthol smell which helps the baby breath. I cant remember what they are called but worked wonders for my baby and kids too.

But Im not sure what age the baby has to be.

Dora - posted on 04/19/2010

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I found using a cold mist humidifier worked great on my son when he was congested. Also when I asked my pediatrician about using Vicks she was against it because it can cause skin irritations. Also Vicks sells a plug in version that is NOT medicated. I have used the plug in and it is awesome!

Sarah - posted on 04/19/2010

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I use olbas oil in hot water or in radiator water holder (radiator humidifier, you can get these realy cheap and it does all babies good as modern central heating tends to dry the air out, I have them in all bedrooms as I have asthma to)so that there is more moisture in the air. This seems to work well and isn't so direct as rubing something on your little one. We also use Karvol plug which works in a similar way to the olbas oil in hot water as the plug heats up and releases the vapours I believe that the karvol range is from 3 months but it's worth checking I can't see how the plug would cause any probs it's more to do with the directness of the rubs or putting drops of oil on their clothes. If you want to use a rub there are specific baby ones that arn't as strong as Vicks. Hope this helps, we also used a nasal aspirator where you litteraly suck the yuck out of their noses, and it realy helped our youngest when he got his 1st cold. Good luck!

Julienne - posted on 04/18/2010

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my FIL (a doctor) says no, but there is a baby version. Not sure how old they have to be. You could put it on a cotton ball and put it between his singlet and suit or wrap. But not anywhere near the skin

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You should just use the humidifier. Your baby is a little young to use the vicks vapor rub. If anything call your doctor and see what he/she has to say.

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they make a vick's baby rub that is the regular scent with lavender. if your baby is having a hard time breathing (heavily congested) the doc would tell you what to do and probably prescribe a nebulizer.

Jerrilynn - posted on 04/18/2010

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As many have posted - there is a baby version:
http://www.vicks.com/products/babyrub

A steamy bathroom can help with congestion too (run the shower on hot for a couple of minutes with the door closed and sit in there -- like a sauna). Then bundle baby up and take her out where its a little cooler. That will help break up congestion.

Omovigho - posted on 04/18/2010

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Vicks vapour is not allowed on children less than 3 months old. You could look out for sea water, they come in little plastic bottles or in a big bottle with a spray top. Use often to make sure the baby's nose is free. I also use a product I buy in the pharmacy on my kids. It's called calyptol. I rub it on their chest once or twice a day when they have cold, This works too but always free child's nose.

Sara - posted on 04/18/2010

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I put the vicks baby rub on the side of my breast; so when my son was feeding he could breath it in.
Hope it helps!!

Colleen - posted on 04/18/2010

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hi theres a few baby vicks out there u can get now ones called euky bear rub and another is baby balsam these both worked for my boys and im going to try my 7 month old daughter on it when i give her a bath tomorrow. i hope these help.

Amanda - posted on 04/17/2010

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Try putting vicks baby rub on his feet put socks on this should help, also your husband should try it with the adult vicks and sock!

Camille - posted on 04/17/2010

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Vicks makes a baby rub that is safe to use on infants. The ingredients are different so it makes it okay. I actually just used it on my daughter today as she is all stuffed up and congested.

Beck - posted on 04/17/2010

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I think in Australia the baby rub is still not for under 3 months. I used to put a little on his blanket when he got one cold at 8weeks! its awful!
Like Sammie I do the feet / toes think...have heard from many it works.

Sammie - posted on 04/17/2010

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Yes there is a Vicks Baby Rub. That would be fine to use, and be sure to rub some on the bottom your childs feet and then cover with booties or socks. It works wonders, with congestion, coughing and colds.
I hope your baby is feeling better real soon.

Amanda - posted on 04/17/2010

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use the vicks baby rub. menthol can irritate a baby's lungs and cause more problems especially if there is a family history of allegies or asthma. use it on his chest, back and bottom of his feet. you can also use a vaporizer or stand in the bathroom with the shower running so it steams up.

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I would rub the Vick's on myself and then spend a lot of time cuddling... just like Amberlee says.

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