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Vicks Vapor Rub On Chest For Congestion
Yes you can: Don't get it in your nose, and do not rub it in your eyes, but you can put some under your nose to relieve congestion. ...Read more
I keep reading to rub vapor rub on the soles of your feet to help relieve congestion. It always says soles of feet, so you shouldn't rub all over ?
Too much is not good: Vicks gets absorbed systemically.Get a more detailed answer ›
My 7 month old son has nasal congestion. Is it OK to use Vick's vapor rub on his soles then put socks on?
I wouldn't: This is an old myth based on adult treatments.Infants have tiny nasal passages the react with swelling and congestion to any irritant; be it smoke, dust or the fumes or fragrance created by Vicks.I never recommend it before school age. I consider it air pollution when used around infants. ...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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
We have a 15 mo old with a cold/cough. We were thinking about using vick vapor rub on his chest before he went to bed. Is that okay?
If you want,but: The vapor rubs are a fall back to rather old practices done at a time when we had little to offer in treatments. Aboriginal cultures still use them, along with cupping or coin rubbing. I consider such rubs as air pollution & as likely to set off a cough as to help it. If the kid enjoys your company the process can be therapeutic, but there is no reproducible evidence that they work. ...Read more
It's not bad...: Any supportive measures that make you feel better while you are suffering through a cold are okay. Vapor rub's primary ingredients are camphor, menthol and eucalyptus oil, staying hydrated and using a preparation like saline irrigations, help to thin mucus and reduce post nasal drip. ...Read more
You could try +: Stuffy nose could a viral infection referred to as a 'cold', an allergic reaction caused by something inhaled from the environment, a bacterial nasal infection called 'purulent rhinitis'. General measures include hot shower water or hot compresses over the nasal/sinus area, saline nasal spray, a mild decongestant. Antibiotic or antihistamine may be appropriate. If persistent nagging prob, c doc. ...Read more
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