vicks vapo rub on toddler

Amanda - posted on 02/18/2009 ( 20 moms have responded )

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MY 2 year old has a nasty cold...I'm wondering what other's opinions are on the use of Vick's Vapo rub...he has a very productive cough and a terrible runny nose, poor little guy. His little nose is running and he screams everytime I wipe it(even with puffs plus with aloe).

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Ann - posted on 02/18/2009

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I was going to say the bottom of the feet also!  I havent tried it because none of us have been sick since we heard of this remedy but people swear by it!

Anet - posted on 02/18/2009

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I often use Puma ointment - not Vicks as it burns the skin. The Puma I mix with Camphor oil - Puma loosens the flem and the Camphor oil dries the flem up. A good trick is to put the mixture under the feet too - the nose stays open that way. Then I dissolve a teaspoon of Vicks in boiling hot water about half an hour before bedtime in the room...Literally just before bedtime, I reboil the kettle and place a new mixture in the room.

Then of course - salt water(normal table salt dissolved in cooled boiled water) sprayed into the nose.

If you do not have Puma available - a friend of ours used the Vicks mixed with Vaseline.

Good luck!

Rose - posted on 02/18/2009

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I use an organic rub called Nature's Baby Ah-Choo! Chest Rub. I like it

Desiree - posted on 02/18/2009

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Johnsons makes a baby vapor cream... works great! Also the vapor plugs help a lot too!

Shannon - posted on 02/18/2009

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They make a baby vicks. It is less strong and made with chamomile and lavender. Still smells a bit like vicks but nothing like the adult stuff. We used it on our baby at 6months and it seemed to help. Also have you thought about a vaporizer? You can put the baby vicks in that and it steams the air in his room. They also make ones you can pulg into an outlet now. Howe this helps.

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Cecilia - posted on 02/18/2009

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Quoting Tansy:



there is a childrens vicks, more like a cream. its in a tube. not so strong. also i saw an article about putting vicks on the bottoms of their feet at bedtime and putting socks on them. havent tried it myself but a friend did and said it worked wonderfully






Yes. It's true, putting vicks on the bottom of the feet at bedtime and putting socks on them really helped my daughter a lot and put her to put to sleep without coughing at all.

Sarah - posted on 02/18/2009

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my aunt always told me to put vicks on my daughter's feet (9 months)... that way the smell and everything isn't as strong... and put socks over the cream...i did NOT know about the baby vicks or the johnson's vapor cream however.

Hannah - posted on 02/18/2009

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I'm also a fan of the plug in! It worked great for my son and he still uses the night light, which lets off a cool blue glow instead of the brighter yellow glow! We also use petroleum jelly in between nose wipes and especially at night ( don't use good sheets thought ). I hope your little guy starts feeling better!

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Hello!



I have used Vics on my toddler, but he hates it on his chest.  I know that this sounds funny but for some reason it works!  I put it on his feet at night when he has a bad cold.  Rub it on his feet, put socks over top, and amazing enough it clears him right up enough to sleep through the night!



They do sell the "toddler" verson of vics too, but I use the regular, you should check with your Dr on which one they prefer?   Hope it works wonders like it has for us!



 

Erica - posted on 02/18/2009

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They make a Baby Vicks Rub - it's in a small round and flat light blue container.  Only adding that b/c if you don't know what you're looking for you might not find it.  It has always worked well when my little ones are that conjested.  You could also try proping the bed or mattress up with a rolled up towel or blanket so they are sleeping at an angle

Barbara - posted on 02/18/2009

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vicks is no good for toddlers they say it can even effect their breathing unfortunately for toddlers there isn't any medicine you can use except children's tylenol and childrens motrin its good that his cough is productive as long as he doesnt sound like he has a whistle in his chest when he is coughing thats when you need to call the peditrician as for the runny nose its better out than in try putting a lil bacitracin or even a lil vaseline under his nose so his skin doesnt get so irritated good luck i hate seeing lil ones sick it breaks my heart

Heather - posted on 02/18/2009

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agreed...Vicks gentle care plug ins...LIFE SAVER! I put them in both of my girls' rooms when they get a cold and it's the only way any of us get any sleep. they work wonders.

Harmony - posted on 02/18/2009

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Have you ever looked in to using some kind of natural oil?  There are quite of few essential oil brands to choose from.  Someone at a local health food store can help you or google it.  The easiest thing, I think, to do with oils is put them in a humidifier.  That way the oils are in the air and they can just breathe it in.  Hope that helps!  Sick babies are never fun:(



 



 

Tansy - posted on 02/18/2009

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oh yes there is also a vicks vapor plug, this i LOVE. you put in the little smelly pad and plug it into the wall. put out scent for up to 8 hours! this is a great solution if you dont want to put the ointment on.

Tansy - posted on 02/18/2009

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there is a childrens vicks, more like a cream. its in a tube. not so strong. also i saw an article about putting vicks on the bottoms of their feet at bedtime and putting socks on them. havent tried it myself but a friend did and said it worked wonderfully

Hande - posted on 02/18/2009

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Those little noses:D ....you may use cold vapor (with scent of lavender & menthol) and salty water for the nose ..but its better to get in touch with his dr...I hope he gets well soon

Tanya - posted on 02/18/2009

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Hi



My son has a lot of problems and the pharmacist told me not to use Vicks Vapor rub as it can cause them to have trouble breathing due to it being so strong/containing something that causes them to catch their breath. I use Tixylix and have never had any trouble and it is not so strong but it still helps him to breath and clear his nose.

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