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Can I Use Vicks Vapor Rub While Pregnant
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I don't advise it: This product is marketed with the idea that stinky medicine smell is therapeutic. It replicates the aroma therapy indian tribes uses in sweat lodges with pine pitch. I don't recommend it for kids under 2 as the smell often aggravates congestion. ...Read more
My 4 month old baby is congested can I use Vicks vapor rub I use the Vicks vaporizer it helps sometimes
Probably.: My mother was a huge Vicks fan; anytime my nose was close to running, i would get dipped in a huge vat of vicks, and then she would slide me into bed like a salami. And i'm still here, so i suppose it's okay. Whether or not it actually helped, or just made my mom feel better, is another question. I think the menthol probably does help, at least a little. ...Read more
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I don't advise it : Although a common part of many parents medicine chest, I do not advise the use of vapor rub or similar products on any infant under six months(especially premi's). Any fume or fragrance producing product can lead to excessive internal nasal swelling & congestion of the young infant & increased breathing difficulty. The older infant & child can mouth breathe & bypass this effect. ...Read more
I'd avoid it: Vicks is an aromatic rub that some find pleasing during respiratory illness.I finf that the aroma causes increasing nasal congestion in infants and don't recommend it under the age of 3 years. ...Read more
Yes: No problem with Vicks vapor rub. Congratulations! ...Read more
Don't eat it:
Vicks vapor rub (camphor, menthol, eucalyptus) used as directed has not been associated with poor pregnancy outcomes. Almost no medicines are known to be definitely safe in pregnancy because no clinical trials can ethically involve pregnant women, but this one is widely considered to be of acceptable risk in pregnancy when needed.
Neti pot or steaming up the bathroom/shower is safe. ...Read more
Soap & warm water: Best not to use Vicks near your eyes. ...Read more
No, it would not:
Lymph node enlargement is very common in children, particularly with a viral infection. If your child has very tender node with or without fever, it may be a bacterial infection of the node. In that case, antibiotics would help. Take your child to his (her) doctor.
If the node is small (less than 1/2 inch x 1/2 inch), and if it is not bothering the child, i would suggest to simply watch. ...Read more
I'd avoid it: Vicks is an aromatic rub that some find pleasing during respiratory illness.I find that the aroma causes increasing nasal congestion in infants and don't recommend it under the age of 3 years. ...Read more
Not on skin: I wouldn't advise putting full strength Vicks on the baby's skin, but it would be ok to use it on the clothing. You might do better to use the tablets that dissolve in the shower, and sit with your baby in the steamy bathroom with the shower running and do a 'sauna treatment' if the baby is congested. You can also use any way to increase humidity in the home, like a humidifier. Clean daily! ...Read more
I used Vicks baby vapor rub on my 2 month old chest, then realized the box said 3 months! Will he be okay? I used a very little.
Safe but worthless: The primary reason for congestion in infants is small nasal passages that swell in response to irritants, like the fumes put off by Vicks/hairspray/smoke/dust/perfume/etc. I never advise it below school age. It may be safe but I find it aggravates the problem in young infants.A good nasal wash out with saline and removing airborne irritants works better. ...Read more
But why?: Interesting question. According to poison control, no. But the ingredients are camphor and menthol both of which have been used in cooking for centuries. It appears that doses of 50 mg camphor are safe ( way more than would be fond in cooking) 2000 mg will likely produce serious symptoms and 4000 mg is possibly fatal. I don't really see any benefit to eating vicks. ...Read more