Can You Put Vicks In Humidifier

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    If you put Vicks in the humidifier water is your humidifier ruined?
    I just bought a humidifier for my 3 month old son yesterday who has bronchiolitis. I told my nanny not to do this and now my humidifier is full of oil and water. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      yes -use WATER only in the humidifier. if not using a humidifier that send out heated air, wash thoroughlly with a bleach solution each day to avoid mold spores.

  2. QUESTION:
    Are there any home remedies to make a room less dry?
    Im snowed in and my bedroom is very dry, it hurts to breath it's so dry and i dont have a humidifier and cant get one. Is there anything I can do to make my room less dry. Or would putting vicks vapor rub on my chest help?

    • ANSWER:
      Try boiling a pot of water and let the steam loose in your room

  3. QUESTION:
    Does vicks on the bottom of feet work for babies cough at night?
    My baby has a horrible cough I was told to put vicks on the bottom of his feet!! Does this really work? I know atty this point it wouldn't hurt to try but I don't want to rub him down with it if it's not going to do anything

    • ANSWER:
      If your baby is under 2 years old then it's not safe. Even on the bottom of the feet. The fumes can sometimes irritate the lungs which can cause an increase of fluids and can lead to pneumonia.

      Vicks makes a baby-rub though for babies under 2 years old, and that's good stuff. Also there are vicks vapor pads which are available in the baby-formula as well. Another thing that helps is a good humidifier, making the room more humid so that the boogers don't dry out and cause more nasal irritation. Saline solution helps when cleaning out the boogers, boogie wipes are wipes dipped in saline so that it's helpful in getting boogers out (and are very gentle.) A nose sucker thing can help, but I've found that as long as I keep the humidity up and saline solution then that is enough to keep the nose clear. A steam shower can help if he starts really coughing.

      If he seems to have trouble breathing then take him to the ER.

  4. QUESTION:
    Can you put VICKS vaporub in the medicinal cup of VICKS humidifier?
    It says eucalyptus etc, but can the vaporub also be put into the medicinal cup?

    • ANSWER:
      You can but this is very difficult to clean back out and the surface of the Vicks gets dry and then you don't get any more eucalyptus smell coming out. Put a small amount in there for now then as soon as you can, go to the drugstore or any big box store and get some eucalyptus oil. Clean the vicks out with a kleenex/paper towel because it is petroleum based and will not wash out with soap and water easily.

  5. QUESTION:
    How can I tell if my mister is working?
    I needed a humidifier and I borrowed one from a friend, but I think it's one of those cool misters, I can't tell if it's working, are you suppost to see mist coming out of it? Cause, I don't. And I don't know where to put the vick's liqiud stuff.
    It's a Sunbeam cool mist humidifier.

    • ANSWER:
      Well, sweet lady, I can tell you where to put the Vick's....forget the mister, I'll just rub it on your chest for you! (well, it's the least a friend can do, right)

  6. QUESTION:
    What to do for my 6 month old who has a cold?
    My daughter has a cold, she is really congested, coughing, and CRANKY! She does not want to drink her bottles because she is so stuffed up its hard for her to do so. I've been giving her tyenol, I have the vicks humidifier running in her room when she sleeps at night, and I also have tried putting the vicks baby rub on her chest. Is there any thing else I should try? She is 6 months old.

    • ANSWER:
      Just hold her a lot. This will interrupt your life a bit but that's okay, she'll feel your love and just knowing someone cares for you can make you feel so much better.
      Also, if you're worried that she's not getting enough to drink, try giving her a little pedialyte to keep her from being dehydrated. (She should wetting 6 to 10 diapers a day)

      Also you could try suctioning her nose and using saline drops in her nose, then waiting a minute or two, and try feeding. Try this before she sleeps as well.

  7. QUESTION:
    How to clean out a frog humidifier?
    We put regular vicks in it, and cant get it out. haha. dumb dumb dumb... should have just broke down and bout the liquid stuff that is for humidifiers... anyway i put bleach in it and shook it up real good but it still wont come out... any ideaS?

    • ANSWER:
      If you mean the Vicks with petroleum jelly in it, you'll never get that out. Petroleum jelly can actually melt plastic and meld right into it.

      You might just buy a new humidifier. It's the only way to solve the problem.

      Good luck.

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  8. QUESTION:
    How to clean out a frog humidifier?
    We put regular vicks in it, and cant get it out. haha. dumb dumb dumb... should have just broke down and bout the liquid stuff that is for humidifiers... anyway i put bleach in it and shook it up real good but it still wont come out... any ideaS?

    • ANSWER:
      Can't help you on that but I must remind you to change and disinfect the water often.

  9. QUESTION:
    How many drops of eucalyptus oil do I need in my child's warm air humidifier?
    My 10 week old has a little cough and some congestion. The pediatrician is not worried, but I would like to provide some relief to my child. I would like to add some eucalyptus oil to our Vicks Warm Air humidifier. Our model has a liquid medicine chamber just for this purpose. How many drops of oil should I add per night and do I need to mix the drops with another substance like olive oil? Are there other essential oils that are beneficial to babies to encourage relaxation during sleep?

    • ANSWER:
      I always use a few - two or three. drop them right into the water

      Olba's Oil works really well. it's kinda like eucalyptus oil - it has that refreshing minty sort of smell. I'll put it behind my kid's ears and on their chest - great stuff

  10. QUESTION:
    Can a humidifier be used all year?
    I had a cold last week and was told that if I bought a humidifier it would help. I did get one and I think it helped because I put some vicks in it. Can the humidifier be used all year? The weather is getting warmer and I don't know if it's best to use it even in the summer. I also have really bad allergies in the summer and not sure if the humidifier will help. Thanks in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, it's fine to use it all year if it helps you. It will make your house a bit warmer, so as long it doesn't make you uncomfortably hot in the summer then go for it. It will definitely help with your summer allergies. I use one beside my bed in the summer. Humidity helps to break up mucous so you can breathe better.

  11. QUESTION:
    I bought a vicks starry night cool mist humidifier and i have a 4 week old im wondering if its ok to use the?
    Vicks baby sleep scented pads it comes with? (They are little filters that put a vicks scent in the air to breathe with the mist) she has a chesty cough and I'm hoping the humidifier will help it.

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  12. QUESTION:
    What's the best way to fight off a cold/sore throat/cough?
    Basically, I should have seen it coming. It started with coughing and yesterday my nose was runny big time. I started coughing and last night put some Vick's vapor rub on my chest but woke up today and could barely breath. Nose is still running, my throat burns and I feel miserable.

    I am traveling home tomorrow for the holidays and don't want to have to struggle in the airport/on the airplane. What's the best way to get better fast?

    Thanks in advance

    • ANSWER:
      Eat healthy, drink plenty of fluids, take a daily vitamin, take ibuprofen for discomfort and get plenty of rest. If you are really miserable, see a doctor and get an injection of Celestone or Solumedrol and scripts for cough syrup, etc. A vaporizer/humidifier in your room might also help. Most colds run their course in 2 weeks. Good luck.

  13. QUESTION:
    5 month old has a cough what can I do?
    My 5 month old caught her first cold and she seem as miserable as I am. Is there any thing I can do for her or give her to help with the cough and runny nose. I already put a vick's humidifier by her crib.

    • ANSWER:
      Good you put a humidifier, you can also put Vicks vapor rub for babies on her. Saline drops for babies and a nasal suction bulb to help with her nose. As for the cough theres not much you can do, just try to feed her and usually cold just needs to run its course. If she has fever give tylenol. She should be fine without taking her to doctor, but if a fever pertists or her symptoms get worse than take her to the doctor. And of course, tons and tons of TLC for the poor little one! I hope she feels better. First colds are always such a heartbreak, don't worry, more cold will come and it will get easier in time, just be strong for you and your little one. They will have so many colds their 1st year or 2 of life and its actually better to get sick earlier than when they are older so that they are more immune to viruses. Oh and if you bathe her there is also Johnson and Johnsons vapor wash. Its a menthol smelling wash so that it helps with colds. I hope she gets bettter! And you too, hang in there, she'll be fine!!

  14. QUESTION:
    What is the purpose of salt in a humidifier.?
    I've heard that some people put salt in their humidifiers and I just bought a new vicks warm air humidifier to ease my sons coughs at night. It states on the paperwork included that salt can be added if desired. What does the salt do?
    I suppose I should mention that my son has a COLD and I'm using the humidifier to help loosen it up. And in the event that there is no improvement after a week or so, we will be paying a visit to our doctor. I promise, sheesh!!!

    • ANSWER:
      The salt is for vaporizers.

      Vaporizers heat the water and output steam. Humidifiers break up the water into a mist or evaporate water. Both humidify the air. Vaporizers, since they put out steam, warm the room. Humidifiers are "cool mist" and don't warm the room.

      In a vaporizer, two electrodes in the water heat the water to create the steam. Since the water must conduct the electricity to do this, you cannot use distilled water. Minerals (electrolytes) dissolved in the water are necessary. The more minerals in the water, the more electricity is conducted and the more steam is produced. So if your vaporizer is not putting out much steam, add salt to the water.

      Your "warm air humidifier" is technically a vaporizer. Just like "cool mist vaporizers" are technically humidifiers.

      The salt is not "therapeutic" and is not contained in the steam.

  15. QUESTION:
    What are your thoughts on leaving a couple of gallons of water in the bathtub for moister vs a humidifier?
    Someone recently suggested doing so as an alternative to using a humidifier and draining the excess every morning before leaving the house.

    Your thoughts?
    Angel (below) You are correct but allow me to add some detyails.

    I am considering this just for my master bedroom, not the entire house. I can close the door to my bedroom which has an attached master bathroom.

    Please add more to your response with this in mind and thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      While adding moisture to the house is usually a good idea, I'm not sure you want to start with the bathroom. Bathrooms usually have enough moisture problems without adding to it. You can take a hot shower at night, then leave the bathroom door open but i don't think i would want to leave standing water in the bathroom. besides i don't know how much this would help, i mean you have standing water in your toilet and it doesn't exactly humidify your house right? Putting a decorative bowl in your living room with some rocks or something in it might be a better idea, you'll want to make sure to change the water frequently to make sure it doesn't get nasty, but being in a more open part of the house it will prolly do alot more good. Another thing you could do is invest in one of those little water fountains you can find them for less than and they come in all sorta of themes and stuff. and the moving water will humidify your house alot better then still water, it will also help pull some dust and stuff out of the air.

      Edit - i still think just having water in the tub wouldn't help very much.. Taking a hot shower before bed and letting the bathroom get all steamed up, and then leaving the bathroom door open would do more than just having water in the tub. If you really only need this in one room than you can get a cheap vicks vaporizer from walmart or a drug store for around http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/444404/how_to_humidify_your_home_cheaply.html?cat=5

  16. QUESTION:
    My cat has a cold if i keep her in a room with a vicks vaporizer humidifier will it help her breathe easier ?
    //// is it okay around cats period / i cleaned it the whole humidifier out and cleaned all the old vicks out of the little part for it so now there's no medicen just a plain humidifier !! if i put new vicks cold medicen in the one part will it be okay around my cat/help her

    • ANSWER:
      Humidifier is great. Vicks is not. Add eucalyptus oil and use little noses saline spray to the nose to help clear up the mucus.
      Of course, a vet is the best option

  17. QUESTION:
    Is it safe for my dog to sleep in my room while I have a humidifier on during the night?
    Also, I have the Vicks Vapo Steam liquid to put in my humidifier, and I wonder if she could sleep in my room with me.

    And if it helps my room is about 11' by 12' and she is a large 85 lbs dog.
    My first instinct is to keep her out of my room, but then she will scratch at my door, and whine.

    • ANSWER:
      No, cause I have done the same thing.. Vicks Vapo, steam, cool water humidifier.. The dogs don't seem to be bothered in the least.. If anything the moisture in the air helps to keep down the dust and dander and it would probably be even better for them.

  18. QUESTION:
    what is the difference between humidifiers, steam inhalers and vaporizers?
    i want to get one of the vicks products but im not sure which one is the best to get.
    i mainly need it for sinus congestion, i have it VERY badly... all the time. i live in the las vegas desert where theres not much moisture in the air.. i just want to breathe better
    so which one do i need and what is the best product from vicks to get.

    • ANSWER:
      Okay, I read the other answers, and I don't think it's as complicated as all of that. Where I live (midwest US) vaporizer, steam inhaler and humidifier are all the same thing. It's just a machine that puts moisture into the air. The inhaler probably offers some way for you to get the steam into your nose, the others are just to put moisture into the room.

      Anything that puts moisture into the air will help a dry nose. But if you're clogged, moisture by itself might not help. (At least it doesn't help me.) I like menthol cough drops for that. You can also get vicks menthol rub. WHich I don't like becaue it's messy, but I have used it under my nose and it helps.

  19. QUESTION:
    Is there a difference between a warm mist vaporizer and a warm mist humidifier?
    I just bought a vaporizer. Can you use it without the recommended inhalent medication? Would that make it just like a warm mist humidifier? I am looking to help clear my daughter's congestion from her sinus infection during her bedtime.

    • ANSWER:
      Humidifiers and vaporizers add moisture to the air, making it less drying to your mouth, throat, and nose. A humidifier produces a cool mist, and a vaporizer puts out hot steam.

      Cool mist from a humidifier may be more comfortable to breathe than hot steam. However, humidifiers are noisy, produce particles that may be irritating to some people, and need to be cleaned and disinfected regularly. This is especially important for people who have mold allergies.

      A vaporizer's hot steam does not contain any irritating particles, and you can add medications such as Vicks VapoRub to ease breathing. Steam may feel good when you have a cold, but the hot water can burn anyone who overturns or gets too close to the vaporizer.

      You probably should use a hot steam vaporizer.

  20. QUESTION:
    How can I prevent my nasal passages from collapsing at night?
    I try to keep them moist with saline nasal gel and solution, which helps prevent colds and I use a humidifier. Neither do the trick; as soon as I have to turn on the heat, that stuffy air adds to my narrow nasal cavity and deviated septum to disturb my sleep. The ENT specialist just looked at me stupid when I asked him about it.

    Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      My sister has a deviated septum and she puts Vick's under her nose every night before she goes to bed. I don't know if that is the reason why but it makes sense that it would help with something like that.

  21. QUESTION:
    What is the best humidifier out there?
    I am looking for a humidifier for my son's small bedroom. I don't want filters. I don't mind noise a long as it white noise and not a drip, drip sound. My other criteria is that I would like it to be pretty easy to clean. So many of the non-filter humidifiers are very hard to clean. Anyone have any suggestions. I don't mind spending money but nothing too crazy.

    • ANSWER:
      Vicks Cool-Mist Ultrasonic Humidifier - you can put the tank in the dishwasher for cleaning, it can be set to automatically detect the humidity in the air so you never walk in and have the room just feel too damp, it is quiet - white noise hum, no dripping sounds and it has a spot where you can add the vapo-rub pads to add that menthol scent to the air to help clear nasal passages when you are really congested.

      We have had ours for about 2 years - I think we spent about for it - no issues and worth every penny.

  22. QUESTION:
    Do I absolutely need a humidifier for this winter cold we're experiencing?
    I noticed my 3 month ol daughter doesn't have a cold or anything, but at night her breathing sounds 'dry'. It is like her nasal passages are dry and not moist. And I am kind of experiencing the same thing, and it leads to a sore throat in the morning.

    Does anyone here use a humidifier?

    • ANSWER:
      A humidifier is a great way to put a bit more moisture in the air during the cold, dry months of winter. You can get a cold one (it doesn't use steam to put moisture in the air) which is safer if there are little ones around - no scalding if the unit was pulled down or something. I personally prefer the steam or warm ones, but you need to be careful about placement of the unit. I like the Vicks one with the spot for the vapor.
      You can also get saline drops for your daughter for her dry nose. Babies can't get rid of the buildup in there like we can - the drops give her a bit more moisture so it's easier to sneeze the junk out.
      Good luck!!

  23. QUESTION:
    What humidifier do you recommend for baby's room?
    My 4 month old keeps waking himself with this dry cough and will only be soothed with nursing. I think the air is too dry so I want to get a humidifier. We live near Philadelphia and the winter air is cold and dry.

    Which would you recommend? What did you pay?

    • ANSWER:
      We have a Vicks Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier. It was one of the more expensive ones - we spent about at CVS . . . . but it had features that we wanted including an automatic climate control that would shut it down when the room reached a certain humidity and it took the vapo-pads if we wanted to add menthol to the air to help with congestion.

      We can also put the tank in the dishwasher to keep it clean.

      We had a cheap Vicks one prior to that - it worked great and did what it was supposed to do . . . but it did not have the climate control so we would go in the room and it would feel too damp.

      Best wishes!

  24. QUESTION:
    Is it ok to put visk on a 1 year old because she coughed ?
    Is it okay to puts visk on our 1 year old almost every night before putting her to sleep because she coughed few times. Or give baby tyonal for preventing fever which she doesn't have yet. Can someone tell us if this is good or not.

    • ANSWER:
      don't give Tylenol or any meds.unless there is a reason,you can buy baby Vick's cream for her over the counter name brand is Johnson&johnson works great and yes you can put it on her every night while she has this cold...but remember never give any meds.. that arent needed you could cause problems for her....you can also buy a humidifier and there is some med. that goes in there called kaz inhalent and that will help also hook it up every night also untill this cold or bud is gone....you can also go in the bathroom and turn on your shower or tub [hot] water only and let her sit in there on your lap for as long as the hot runs hot the steam is just the same as the humidifier..

  25. QUESTION:
    Is having a humidifier on during a cold helpful?
    I have a bad cold (or maybe a small upper respiratory infection) which is causing me some great congestion. I can't breathe out of my nose at all, and I'm literally blowing my nose every 5 minutes.

    I left my humidifier on (which blows out steams of water into the air) last night but it seemed to make it worse. I've always heard that putting moisture into the air when you have congestion is beneficial; is that true? Should I give it another try tonight?

    • ANSWER:
      I would try some Vick's VapoRub instead! It works wonders for me. I rub it on the top of my nose and nostrils, on the front of my nose surrounding my nostrils, and on my throat and top of my chest. I also just keep the bottle around and sniff it every once in a while. Hope it helps!

  26. QUESTION:
    Anyone have sugesstions for what to do for my childs bronchitis??
    Yes, she has been to the doctor, on Monday actually. She has strep throat and bronchitis. She is on an antibiotic, which doesn't seem to be helping alot. She is having a really difficult time breathing at night. I am running a cool mist humidifier, i put some vicks on her and all that. I am looking for something else that might help.

    • ANSWER:
      Chicken soup and hot drinks help, if she's old enough to cooperate. In selected cases, albuterol has been shown to offer some symptomatic relief, but that's a prescription drug that can also turn your little girl into an irritable, vomiting mess, and I imagine your doctor considered and discarded the idea. Overall, it's a difficult situation, because the right thing goes against the grain of the American psyche: Don't just do something, sit there! In a couple of weeks, it'll be better. Oh, and the antibiotic is to prevent complications of strep. They don't do a thing for the bronchitis.

  27. QUESTION:
    Is it safe to put medication in a humidifier tank?
    I just purchased a COOL-MIST (not a warm mist) humidifier but it has no place to pour any of the Vicks medicated oil. The box on the Vicks says that you can add it to the water, however, the instructions for the humidifier say not to add anything to the water. Does anybody know if I should or should not do this? My little girl is sick :-(

    • ANSWER:
      Usually Vicks is added to a Vaporizer and not a humidifier. The difference is in the temperature of the water. A vaporizer heats the water up to boiling and allows the medication to get absorbed into the steam. That works great. I have used a vaporizer many times and make a little tent to sit in. Just be careful that the vaporizer can't tip over. If the humidifier says not to add anything, I would definitely not add the Vicks. It usually needs the heat to be really effective.

  28. QUESTION:
    I was wondering if anyone had a home remedy to sooth a cough and sore throat? My mom has an upper respiratory?
    inefection and has been put on antibiotics, and was told to take an over the counter medicine to relieve the coughing, but it doesn't do much good, so without having to worry about different medicines interacting, what would be some good home remedies that might help her cough and coat her throat?
    Besides drinking warm tea...

    • ANSWER:
      An awesome thing to do is for her to steam herself over a bowl of hot water.
      Get a big glass bowl, fill with boiling water about half full - sit her at the kitchen table, she bends over the bowl with a big towel over her head and the bowl and breathes deeply. It sounds stupid to do, but works really well!
      I have chronic bronchitis so when I get it, the above steaming works great.
      Another good thing for her to have is a cool mist humidifier in the bedroom while she sleeps.
      Taking as hot a shower as she can stand and just breathing in all that hot steam in the bathroom.
      Vick's rub on the chest really, really works.
      Sucking on hard candies - not cough drops, but lemon sour candy, peppermints, etc.
      If her coughing is really horrid, she could ask the pharmacist for a cough medicine with codeine - to be used really carefully, but it will at least let her sleep.
      Hope she's feeling better soon - lucky her to have you to look after her :)

  29. QUESTION:
    What to do about nasal congestion in my two month old?
    My two month old has had nasal congestion for about a week now. She doesn't have any mucus running out of her nose and I don't get much to come out when I use a bulb syringe. I have tried putting saline drops in her nose, but doesn't seem to help much either. Should I be concerned that it isn't going away. Does anyone know why she might be having this problem for so long.

    • ANSWER:
      Your little one may have seasonal allergies. Would you happen to have a real Christmas tree up right now? The nasal aspirators are nice. Running a humidifier in the room at night with some Vick's designed for use with one.
      You shouldn't be concerned unless the mucus you are getting from the nose is greenish in color.
      It should be clear. If it doesn't clear up contact your Pediatrician.

  30. QUESTION:
    What is a healthy good range for humidity?
    Just bought a humidifier to hopefully not get really dry skin this winter. Also got a humidity/temp reader and after humidifier ran for a few hours getting around 45% humidity. Is this decent, or should I get another? I didn't think about checking the humidity before humidifier so I don't know what it was before.
    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      You probably have one of those cool humidifiers, I got rid of mine because it didn't get humid enough for me. I use a Vicks warm air and it will get the air up to 65 percent (high setting) which is what I want in the winter in the midwest with the heat running all the time. Also the "cool air" limed up really fast here in limestone country, very hard water. When I have a cold I set it on high but usually just on low will put a gallon of water in the air in a twelve hour period.
      Some say the correct humidity for people and computers is 50%, I prefer the humidity of a fine cigar about 60 %. Unless you live in the desert you have no need of a humidifier in the summer in the US. Experiment a little and you will be surprise how much difference it makes on chapped skin, dry hair and irritated winter sinus problems. Oh and wood floors like it too.
      If you have and old house you may need to run it all the time on low, give it a couple of days to settle. In a new "sealed" house you may need to turn it on and off every other day so you don't get too damp.

  31. QUESTION:
    What can i do to help my baby breathe easier?
    He is 12 months old and has a terrible cold. He is sleeping now but i can hear that he is very disturbed and blocked up. What can i do now that he's sleeping? Should i get a humidifier?

    • ANSWER:
      Awwww... the poor little guy. My 7 month old daughter had a cold a couple months back and I felt so bad for her because there is so little you can do for them. Definitely use the bulb syringe - even though he hates it. Use your finger to squeeze one of his nostrils shut and squirt a couple squirts of a saline solution (like "little noses" or "Ayr") right up his little nose - he's gonna scream - then wait about 30 to 60 seconds and use the bulb syringe to suck the goo out. You may have to suck it several times until you actually get anything. Just be careful not to hit the lining of his nose and be as gentle as possible because I have heard of people damaging a baby's sinuses or the lining of the nose before. One trick I learned when my daughter had her cold was to not only suck the goo out of the nose but to also suck the back of the mouth, as clost to the throat as you can get without gagging him. ANd do it really quickly. He'll probably be crying from the bulb syringe already. With all the extra mucus dripping down his throat, he'll probably cough a few times when he's crying (like he's choking on the mucus). My daughter did this and when she did I could hear and actually see some of the mucus in the back of her throat so I quickly squeezed the bulb and sucked a ton of mucus out really quickly and easily. It worked a lot better than through the nose. I know it sounds like torture but we gotta do what we gotta do to make them feel better, right?
      Also, elevate his head a bit so things can drain better. Some people let their baby sleep in the carseat because the position helps a lot. I co sleep so I set up an incline in te bed under the sheet in a way that wasn't a SIDS risk but did the trick. I've also heard of people putting wooden blocks or a couple books under one end of the crib feet to elevate it and create an incline. Be creative, I'm sure you can figure something out.
      Another thing that help is steam. SInce you have a cool mist humidifier, it won't produce steam like the warm mist ones do. You can set your little guy up somewhere in the bathroom and let the hot water run for a while - that helped my daughter too.
      Another thing is baby Vicks Vapo-Rub. You can use it on babies over 3 months of age and it helps soothe. You just rub a little bit on their chest, neck and back and the vapors soothe congestion.
      And lastly, pile on the hugs and kisses and anything else you can do to make him feel super loved and snuggly warm. Other than that I'm out of tricks. I hope this helps you to help your little guy and make him feel better. Good luck hun!

  32. QUESTION:
    What do you do for a newborns congestion?
    I have a newborn 1 month and he is very congested. He makes noises as if hes trying to clear his throat. i also breastfeed him and he seems to choke and start to cough while hes nursing. I have saline spray that ive used to clear his nose and sucked out his buggers but it seem much more than that. i have a Humidifier and it hasn't helped either. New mom i need some advise.

    • ANSWER:
      I found Eucalyptus oil to be a godsend, it is one of the effective ingredients in Vicks but you can't use that on a newborn. What I did was to put a couple of drops of eucalyptus oil on the collar of my shirts. It was far enough away from my son that it wouldn't irritate his skin and close enough that the vapours were able to work to clear up his congestion.

      quite frankly, I'm opposed to saline spray and suction bulbs, I've heard horror stories of them being used incorrectly and killing infants (I don't know if those stories were true or not but I'm not risking it!). I stick with eucalyptus oil and humidifiers, if congestion is bad enough that those don't relieve it your child should really be in hospital.

  33. QUESTION:
    does a warm mist humidifier use a lot of energy?
    i have a vicks model where you can put vapor rub stuff in it. it heats up the mist.

    this must use less energy than a space heater, right?

    • ANSWER:
      Anything that uses a heating element uses a lot of energy. The space heater uses more, though, since it has a bigger element. The hotter it gets, the more energy it uses.

  34. QUESTION:
    are there any safe OTC meds for a 6 week old?
    my 6 week old son has a cold and is congested. the doctors keep saying to let him sit in the room under the humidifier but that's not working. I've even put Vick's rub on his chest, under his nose, and bottom of his feet, no help.
    He's congested, has a runny nose, and coughing.
    I feel so sorry for the little guy!

    • ANSWER:
      NO do not give Cold med to a 6 week old. The Vick's won't help either.It is best to let it run it course. Cold medicines actually make it worse some times and cause them to not rest.

      If he has a fever.... ONLY a little infants Tylenol or Ibuprofen with Dr.s instructions.. There is something called Ocean Spray it's basically Saline ( salt water ) drops. It will help with stuffiness and help open his little nose. The cough is probably from drainage. If he has a fever and cough is not clearing up in a day or so go back to the Dr.

      Hope he feels better soon..

  35. QUESTION:
    Any one use a vapor machine with there babies?
    I have a 13 day old newborn. I was wondering if it is safe to use a Vicks Vapor Mist Machine? Did you ever use one. I posted this a little while ago and she said the mist might hurt his lungs? Could that happen? Just some info would be nice!

    • ANSWER:
      humidifiers are good, they remove pollutants from the air, just don't point it straight at baby's face, or put it too close.
      http://www.toysrus.ca/product/index.jsp?productId=2774069&isProductCrossSell=true

  36. QUESTION:
    How can I help my 13 month old with bad congestion sleep?
    I have tried Vicks Baby Rub, saline drops and a bulb, a humidifier, and lots of juice and water. She is so miserable, when trying to sleep, she wakes up choking and coughing from all of the mucus. I feel so bad for her. What else can I do?

    • ANSWER:
      Have you raised the mattress for her? If she is in a crib...I put a pillow or two under the head of the mattress...this makes a bit of an incline to keep mucus from settling in her throat..(also keeps mucus from settling in her ears) - I know when I get like that, it is much easier to sleep/breathe when my pillows are at more of an incline. Keeps the coughing down, at least. Did the doctor or pharmacist recommend any childrens over the counter medicine to help dry it up or no? You are doing all of the right things...if you are really concerned don't hesitate to call the dr even if after hours!! That's what they are there for!

  37. QUESTION:
    OK linked to my last allergy Q, If I have those radiator covers over my gas central heating radiators?
    Where do I put the dish of water to make the room less dry and stop my dust allergy?

    • ANSWER:
      Barbie: I hate to be the one to break it to you, but increasing the humidity levels will not stop dust allergy. If you need additional moisture, use a personal steam inhaler. The reason is that dust mites increase in population as the humidity level rises. That is why one step in controlling dust and dust mites is to DECREASE relative humidity. By rigging up some humidifier, you are going to make things worse. If you need the moisture to soothe your nasal passages, try a saline nasal spray, or stand next to a hot shower and breathe the steam. Another old trick is to heat a pot of water, take it off the heat and then cover the pot and your head with a towel and breathe the steam. But, the Vick's company makes a small steam inhaler that you can find at any CVS pharmacy or Target. If you really want to control the dust, follow the first link to creating a dust proof room. I also wash my sheets with this anti-dust mite stuff, and I will give you a link there. But, whatever you do, don't go increasing the relative humidity in your home or you are just going to encourage those dust mites to have wild uninhibited dust mite sex...and make more dust.

  38. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know a natural remedy to break down phlegm in a 15month old?
    she has had 2 courses of antibiotics over the last 3 months but it hasn't seemed to help with her phlegm. We have her mattress elevated, rub baby Vick's on her chest, put the humidifier on for her and give her plenty of warm drinks but nothing seems to be working. Any suggestions would be fantastic :-)

    • ANSWER:
      you need to find the cause. All the home remedies in the world won't help if you cannot stop it from happening.
      You need a second opinion for this little one.
      She could be asthmatic or even have cystic fibrosis.
      If she is asthmatic, the Vicks and humidifier can make that worse. so can dust in her bedroom, a pet in the house. the summer pollens.

  39. QUESTION:
    Can you put vapor steam in warm mist humidifier?
    I have a CVS warm humidifier. I am wondering if vapor steam can go in this or if I need a separate vaporizor? There is a spot that says pour inhalant here. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Vapor steam results by pouring water into the unit. You can coat the steam vent with the inhalant, commonly Vick's Vapor Rub.

  40. QUESTION:
    How harmful is it to use nose spray every night?
    My apartment has a really old heating system that has vents on the floors. The heat is really dry, so when I wake up each morning, my nose is all stuffy and I feel really gross. A couple of weeks ago, I noticed that if I use a no-drip nose spray with a little Vick's vapor rub under my nose, when I wake up, I am clear! So, for about 2 weeks now, it is my nightly routine. I only put about a half-squirt in each side. It says on the bottle not to use more than a few days, but you know how it is, they are required to give certain warnings whether or not it is really harmful. What do you think?

    • ANSWER:
      Stop using the nose spray - it will stop being effective for you and you'll need to use more and more, and it will eventually damage the membranes in your nose. Nasal sprays are decongestants, and work by reducing the swelling. They should only be used temporarily, when you have a cold.

      Instead, use a saline spray (I like Simply Saline - the container is easy to use) - it works by adding moisture to your sinus and nasal passages. You can also add moisture to the air through a humidifier. Even easier (and cheaper and quieter), just put an open container of water (something heavy with a wide base so it won't tip easily) in your room. Evaporation will do the rest. Be sure to refill it frequently. In addition to helping with the nose problem, it's good for your furniture and the house - dry heat sucks the moisture out of everything, including wood and plaster or sheetrock. That's why furniture starts to pull apart and you get cracks in walls.

      (And by the way, if they're required to post these warnings, it's because there really IS a danger. Same goes for excessive use of Tylenol (acetaminophen) and Advil (ibuprofen), among many other over the counter drugs. If there's a warning, there's a reason for it.)

  41. QUESTION:
    should I put the Vick's vapor rub on my chest or in a humidifier and breath in the vapors under a towel?
    I when two Wal-Marts and got two different answers on how to use it.
    I have a mustache and beard so the chest and nose thing is more messy. But one of the pharmacist said it would only work if I put it on my chest and face and the other way would hurt (the eyes) so bad I wouldn't be able to stand it.

    • ANSWER:
      well it's different for everyone if your nose is really stuffy the humidiffier is better but it may irritate your eyes, i like to put on my chest the scent calms me down as well as opens up my nose, but it gets smeared on my clothes and furniture they both have pros and cons

  42. QUESTION:
    How can I sleep with my mouth closed?
    I have tried breathe right strips and stuff.........it sucks so bad I had to get a super humidifier cause I wake up with a ridiculously dry throat and mouth.

    • ANSWER:
      Red Max may be on to something there with the nose, so if it is always stuffed up, you should ask your doctor about allergies or sinus trouble.

      Once in a while I have the same problem you do, and I don't think you can just practice keeping your mouth shut--nor should you tape it up, because if your nose gets stuffed up, you need to be able to breathe through your mouth.

      I do two things to try to counteract this problem: I drink more water, even drinking some at bedtime, in spite of having to get up to the bathroom in the night, and I sleep on my side and try to arrange the pillow so that it presses a bit on my jaw, or else I might have my hand against my jaw. Of course, once I fall asleep, my hand or the pillow sometimes moves, but using them seems to help.

      Not sure if this will work, but you might also put a bit of Vicks vaporub around your nostrils and just inside your nose. It might help to keep the area moist and keep your nose open. I use it when I have a cold and my nose gets stuffed up.

      Keep some water at the bedside so you can get quick relief when you wake up with a dry throat and mouth.

  43. QUESTION:
    Can i apply vicks vaporub to 2 months old baby?
    My baby is quite chesty and i find him sleep well after applying the vicks vaporub, is it alright thati apply it at his back and at his chest? Read online that its not good to apply vicks, if thats the case, how to clear the chestyness in my baby? He have a lot of phlegm down his throat which is hard to clear off !!

    • ANSWER:
      I did use it, but not on them directly but nearby. I would put a little on their clothes or a washcloth. Never directly on their skin. There is a baby Vics. I just saw it at the pharmacy yesterday, it was cherry scented. Neat. Saline drops will help a stuffy nose, too. If you are using a warm air humidifier, remember to keep it well clear of baby and buy the liquid menthol that is used in the dispenser. I forget the name of the product, sorry, but you can ask the pharmacist. I hope this helps your stuffy little one.

  44. QUESTION:
    What is the difference between a vaporizer and a humidifier, and which one can u add the vicks oil to?
    I got a humidifier as a gift, and I also got a bottle of some vicks oil, but Im not sure if that oil can be used in the humidifier, I got the cool mist humidifier made by vicks. (link from target)

    http://www.target.com/Vicks-1-gal-Cool-Mist-Humidifier/dp/B000ILJQ10/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&searchView=grid5&pf_rd_r=1KAWSV6W7815NSXCZKK5&pf_rd_s=center-3&field_browse=1038576&searchSize=30&pf_rd_t=301&field_availability=-2&refinementHistory=subjectbin%2Ctarget_com_age%2Ctarget_com_gender-bin%2Ctarget_com_character-bin%2Cprice%2Ctarget_com_primary_color-bin%2Ctarget_com_size-bin%2Ctarget_com_brand-bin&searchKeywords=vaporizer&pf_rd_p=490276211&searchNodeID=1038576&pf_rd_i=0&field_launch-date=-1y&searchRank=relevancerank&searchPage=1&field_keywords=vaporizer&pf_rd_m=A1VC38T7YXB528

    I never had one of those but I want to put the oil in the humidifier, but I think that oil is for the vaporizer, I am not sure.

    • ANSWER:
      A vaporizer heats the water to boiling and steam is released. The same thing happens with most warm mist humidifiers, but the humidifiers have a cooling chamber above the mist so you can't get burned by the steam. Cool mist humidifiers don't heat the water before it is released, so it wouldn't work for the vicks oil as there is no heat to help disperse the vapors. You would need a vaporizer or warm mist humidifier. A good cheap humidifier for using the oil with is the Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier. It has a little place for the oil to go and is released from the heat of the warm steam. There is a full review of it on the link below. http://www.air-purifiers-humidifiers.com/vicks-warm-mist-humidifier.html

  45. QUESTION:
    How do you calm a coughing tickle in your little one's throat?
    They can't have cough drops, or over the counter "cough" medicine anymore. I try and coax him to drink water, but that doesn't even really work. Can I use Vicks vapor rub on his nose/throat?
    This is even hard because I can't always find a solution to stop by coughing tickle, so I'm really struggling to find a method that works for my son.
    We already have a humidifier going in his room... I'm sure its helping, but not stopping the cough!

    • ANSWER:
      Vicks is perfectly safe for little ones. Use some on his chest/neck, and back, and then cover the soles of his feet with it, and put socks on him. It works wonders (even on adults)! Also, try Triaminic thin strips (they dissolve on the tongue) and work pretty well for my kids. The Vicks on the feet, though, works better than anything I've ever tried.

  46. QUESTION:
    what can I give my baby that has vitamin c in it?
    hes really sick and is up all night coughing. ive put vicks for babies on his feet, back and chest and it doesnt help. I put a vick vapor thing in the outlet which didnt work and tried a humidifier. I also elevated his mattress. nothing helps. I cant find cough medicine for babies (hes 7 months) and he cant have orange food (so oranges are a no go..) is there anything with vitamin c that I can give him to help him get better?? or what did you do with your sick infant? he doesnt have a fever just a stuffy nose and a horrible cough. :( he made himself throw up from coughing so bad last night it was terrible.

    • ANSWER:
      Aww :( I would ask your doctor that though

  47. QUESTION:
    Do you know any natural cold remedies?
    I'm 17 weeks pregnant and I'm sick. =( My son brings home every germ he possibly can from preschool and I caught a bad one! My doc put me on an antibiotic and an inhaler. I still feel crummy though. If anyone knows any natural remedies for cough or congestion or sore throat I would love to hear about them. (I'm really trying to avoid taking a lot of over the counter meds). Thanks!

    ps. I'm putting this is the Pregnancy section vs. the Health section because I want to know what other moms have done before. Not just the average Joe.

    • ANSWER:
      Take a hot shower. Drink an herbal tea such as mint, chamomile, or warm lemon water. Run a humidifier, if you don't have one you will want one when baby arrives! For bad congestion, Vicks makes an herbal rub for infants (works just as well for adults with less stink!). Suck on hard candy or vit. C drops for your sore throat. Saline nose drops will help clear your nose. Hope you feel better soon!

  48. QUESTION:
    How do I make my cough go away?
    I'm scheduled for heart surgery on January 14, but I have a cough and if my lungs are congested on Monday when I go to the doctor, they are going to have to put off the surgery, and I do NOT want that to happen.
    I've taken Vitamin C and I've been drinking lots of water and I'm using a humidifier and I've taken Robitussin. What else can I do to make sure this cough is gone and my lungs are clear by Monday?
    PLEASE help!

    • ANSWER:
      Jaymie, an old folk remedy, put Vick salve on the bottom of your feet, put soaks on, go to bed. Heat will build up in your feet and you will soon taste the Vick vapors, that means they are now in your lungs. The coughing goes away.

      How or why it works but I have tried it with many of my friends, it worked for all of us.

      Good luck.

  49. QUESTION:
    If I put Vicks Ointment Into my Vicks humidifier medicine cup instead of the Vapo steam will it work as good ?
    has any one done this ? .... cuase i might

    • ANSWER:
      My mom used to do that and never had any problems.

      I wish i could help more but i use a cool mist vaporizer instead.... sorry!

  50. QUESTION:
    My 8 month old baby has a really bad cough but no fever is there some thing I can give him?
    I have taken him to the doctors before and all they said was to use a humidifier and suction his nose as much as possible. I went away for like 2 days then he's had it for about almost a week now...I just want him to feel better.

    • ANSWER:
      No meds for babies under age two (and some not until age four). Except for infant Tylenol if he's in pain, you will have to go by doctor's orders.

      Humidifiers are great, and they make some where you can put liquid Vick's in them. Also, you can use Vick's Vap-o-rub on his chest if he's wearing tight enough pajamas that he can't touch it and put fingers in his mouth after.


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