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Doctor insights on: Vicks Vapor Humidifier For Infants

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Is it safe to put Vicks vapor rub in mist humidifier for infant?

Is it safe to put Vicks vapor rub in mist humidifier for infant?

Age ??: Early infancy is marked by marked sensitivity to irritants ; dependence on narrow nasal passages for breathing. Later childhood employs mouth breathing to bypass much of the congestion. I hate Vicks steam; consider it air pollution. A lifestyle audit to eliminate any odors/irritants in a kids sleeping area + humidity or steam as long as the measured humidity. ...Read more

Humidifier (Definition)

Increasing the humidity in your home helps eliminate the dry air that can irritate and inflame the passages in the nose and throat. Humidified air can relieve the discomfort of colds and the flu. Using a humidifier in the home can help relieve a stuffy nose and can help break up mucus so you ...Read more


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My baby has a bad cough that won't let her sleep. I put vapor rub on her chest and have a cool mist humidifier on for her. Any suggestions?

My baby has a bad cough that won't let her sleep. I put vapor rub on her chest and have a cool mist humidifier on for her. Any suggestions?

Needs investigation: Chronic cough in a young child that is waking them up needs investigation. If it is not an infection, it could be an inhaled foreign body (i've seen toy parts, foods, etc). Also, high on the list is also environmental irritants such as smoke, dust, molds and then allergens causing the cough. One of the most frequent symptoms of early asthma in tots is that ongoing night cough! ...Read more

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Can I use Vicks vapor rub on any humidifier?

Can I use Vicks vapor rub on any humidifier?

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

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If i melt some Vicks vapor rub and put it inside my daughter's coll mist humidifier will it work effectively?

I avoid it: I avoid any fragrance producing products in vaporizers/humidifiers in infants and toddlers. Although they are popular, i find they often trigger cough and nasal congestion like any other irritant. ...Read more

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Can Vicks vapor humidifier irritate eye?

verymild irritation: Nothing to worry about. Best to close your eyes if you are bothered. ...Read more

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I put Vicks liquid vapor in my 9 month old humidifier now sometimes she has a cough that makes her gasp for air. Or could it be my moms smoking ?

I put Vicks liquid vapor in my 9 month old humidifier now sometimes she has a cough that makes her gasp for air. Or could it be my moms smoking ?

Smoking: This is more likely from the smoke inhalation.
The easy way to find out is to stop the exposure to smoke and see if the cough goes away. ...Read more

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What is something I could put on my infant's shot site to soothe his legs? I've heard milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) and Vicks vapor rub.

What is something I could put on my infant's shot site to soothe his legs?  I've heard milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) and Vicks vapor rub.

Cool compress: Topical applications generally do nothing but make you feel good about doing something. The discomfort is caused by a complex interaction of local and system reactions. Pain relievers help some. A cool compress will decrease the pain messages sent to the brain. I find Vicks is more an air pollutant that can trigger congestion and cough and never use it below school age. ...Read more

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My infant is congested coughing and has RSV should I get a vaporizer or humidifier? What is the difference

My infant is congested coughing and has RSV should I get a vaporizer or humidifier? What is the difference

Vapor vs humidity: A humidifier (fan+filter+water) basically returns moisture to the air after the heating system extracts it. Homes up north have it plumbed into their furnace.In texas, less cold means we may need a separate humidifier.A good humidity range is 35-45% while dry heat can drop it below 20% and aggravate a kids cough. I have humidifiers in my office and home with gauges to monitor the level. ...Read more

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Inhaler vapor sometimes reaches my daughter's eyes when using mask. She's an infant. Also, is the pacifier adapter good for Pulmicort nebulizer?

Inhaler vapor sometimes reaches my daughter's eyes when using mask. She's an infant. Also, is the pacifier adapter good for Pulmicort nebulizer?

Check the fit: Some leaking of mist around the nebilizer mask is normal, and for the most part produces no health risk. Most children will close their eyes as a normal response if the mist is irritating. Consider using a different sized mask to reduce leakage. The pacifier adapter is useful for those who do not tolerate a mask, but does not deliver the medication as effectively. ...Read more

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What are humidifiers? How can be used to treat cold in infants ?

What are humidifiers? How can be used to treat cold  in infants ?

Moisturizes air: Humidifiers are generally a water source with a fan and some sort of wick, often fabric.The fan draws air across the wick which adds water to the air. It's best use is in settings where dry heat has extracted moisture from the air and made it dry enough to dehydrate your nasal passages and airway. It is never needed in a humid setting.It does not treat a cold, but makes dry heat less irritating. ...Read more

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Is it ok to use Vicks vapor rub on a premature baby?

Is it ok to use  Vicks vapor rub on a premature baby?

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

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Is Vicks vapor rub okay to use on my 2 month old baby if i don't have any baby Vicks vapor rub?

Is Vicks vapor rub okay to use on my 2 month old baby if i don't have any baby Vicks vapor rub?

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

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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.

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

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Is it safe to use Vicks vapor rub on a baby?

Is it safe to use Vicks vapor rub on a baby?

Baby vicks: There is a special formulation for babies and kiddos. Try putting it on the bottoms of their feet and then putting on thin socks so they don't get it everywhere. There is also a nice night-light/vaporizer that uses little medicated pads to spread the vapors around the room. ...Read more

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Is it ok to have my AC on if I have a Vicks humidifier on for my sick 7 month baby?

Yes: Room temperature and humidity are two different things. It is e to have your ac on and still use a humidifier. Just don't get the rooms too cool or too hot when baby is sick. Dress in same clothes layers you are comfortable wearing in that temperature. Too many parents overdress their kids wen they are sleeping, and this is not good for them. ...Read more

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Hi docs, do you think it's bad to put Vicks vapor rub on my one month old baby?

Hi docs, do you think it's bad to put Vicks vapor rub on my one month old baby?

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

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My 4 mth. Baby has a cold or allergies. At times he has a coughing spell, how can I control the coughing? I'm using a cool mist humidifier/baby vicks.

My 4 mth. Baby has a cold or allergies. At times he has a coughing spell, how can I control the coughing? I'm using a cool mist humidifier/baby vicks.

No Medicine BUT.....: There are no medicines for cough in a four month old but if your baby has cold symptoms with a persistent cough the possibilities are numerous including pertussis so i think it is very important that you visit with your pediatrician now. ...Read more

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How many feet should u put a cool mist humidifier from a baby for maximum benefit? Thank you

How many feet should u put a cool mist humidifier from a baby for maximum benefit? Thank you

For young infants, : put a cool must humidifier across the room up to a maximum of 50% humidity, because, in theory, you could overload them with water if it's too close. I guess that's probably 7-9 feet in most bedrooms. Keep the humidifier & its cord up where a 6-month-old & older can't pull it over. Run it with a 10% Clorox solution to clean it when baby's not in the room, followed by a cycle of fresh water. ...Read more