Vicks Baby Vapor Rub

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    is it safe to rub vicks vapor rub directly on your nose especially when pregnant?
    my wife is pregnant and rubs vicks vapor rub on her nose is that safe?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, it is safe. I am 33 weeks pregnant and I have done this a couple of times. In fact if she has a bad enough cold, tell her to rub it behind her ears, on her forehead, and on her throat too. This always helps me and I get rid of my cold quite quickly. Vicks is just menthol and won't hurt her or your baby.

  2. QUESTION:
    Vicks vapor rub on my congested one year old?
    My 1 year old is very congested...I don't have any baby vapor rub. Is it okay to rub a little regular strength on her feet to help her sleep tonight. I am NOT going to put it on her chest; but thought just a little tiny dab on her feet would be okay. Please advice. Thanks!

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  3. QUESTION:
    My 3 month old has a terrible cough right now, and he seems to have a lot of fluid in is chest area.?
    I've tried rubbing vicks baby vapor rub on his chest, and also using a vaporizer at night, what else can i do? He just seems like he has a bad cold, he just doesn't feel good. I've also given him infants tylenol as well b/c he seems to have a fever.

    • ANSWER:
      Bring him to the doctor. At his age anything should be taken seriously.

      If he has a fever more than 1 day, thats ALWAYS a cause for concern.

      I asked my doc on wednesday, at her 6 month appt, if I should take her in for a cold. He said if she just has as runny nose/cough, but no fever, its a cold and not too big of a deal, as long as she doesnt seem really uncomfortable and it doesnt last a long time or get worse.

      however if its a flu, with a fever of more than a day, its important to get her checked out. I'm not sure how you know if he has fluid in his chest, but that can progress to penumonia.... very bad.

  4. QUESTION:
    Where can I get a baby vapor rub?
    My 1-year-old has a bad cold and can't sleep through the night. I've heard a lot about using vapor rubs. Can I use an adult brand on him? Or is there a baby vapor rub out there? If there is, where on earth can I get it?? I've looked but my search has only ended in failure.

    Many thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Vicks is the brand VapoRub is the name and they make one specifically for kids. They also make drops that you can put in the humidifier that put the menthol vapors into the air so they breathe them in. I think it's called VapoSteam. Any drug store such as Walgreens should carry.

  5. QUESTION:
    does putting Baby vicks vapor rub on babys feet help with congestion?
    i heard that putting vicks vapor rub on a babys feet will help when they are sick. is my 4 month old , old enough to use the baby vicks? and does this really work?
    LOL i just tried it on her, so we will see.

    • ANSWER:
      YES, YES, YES!!! and full strength works well on adults, too! i learned of this in an email... and have had much easier times w colds ever since. the best time to do it is at night before she goes to bed. slather it on well and then slap some socks on :) good luck!

  6. QUESTION:
    15 Month old coughing due to runny nose from slight cold or allergy, what can I giver her?
    Pedi suggested toddler Dimmetap but it really doesn't help and it keeps her from sleeping and makes her really cranky. She's coughing because of the draining in her throat. Humidifier also seemed to make her cough more. Any suggestions on a decongestant that works and doesn't cause excitability irritability? Has anyone tried the baby Vick's vapor rub?

    • ANSWER:
      This may be a bit early, and it doesn't exactly answer your question, but if it's an allergy. NAET might help her. I had numerous allergies that made me suffer through the same things your baby's going through and now I only get those symptoms when I have the flu. She may be too young, but it's never too early to start thinking about it:
      www.naet.com

  7. QUESTION:
    my 5and a half month old daughter has a cough can i give her anything?
    My daughter is 5 and a half months old, she has had a cough for about a week and in the past two days it seems to have gotten worse. It seems to start during the night and it wakes her up. She also sound quite wheezy. Should i try Vick's baby vapor rub? I read that its really good for coughs but i also read that its not good for baby's skin. will my GP prescribe anything for her?

    some suggestions would be great

    • ANSWER:
      You can try a bit of the Baby rub on her back or a Vicks Pediatric vaporizer in her room they are about 12.00 at stores.

  8. QUESTION:
    How do you get out oil tyoe stains on sheets?
    My husband put a ton of Vicks vapor rub on my son last night because he has a nasty cough and cold. But this morning his pillowcase has all these oil type stains. I washed it and put baby powder on the stains to soak up the oil residue. But it still didn't come out! Do you know of any other ways to get rid of them?

    • ANSWER:
      Many years ago, I worked at an upscale hotel. We used cheap shampoo for oily hair as a pre-treatment for oily stains. Make sure to launder in hot water (necessary for oily stains, but other stains should be laundered in cool water to prevent setting the stain). A friend uses dish detergent as a pre-treatment on oily stains with much sucess.

  9. QUESTION:
    Does Viks Vapor Rub on the bottoms of feet really work?
    I have heard- from several people- that rubbing Viks Vapor Rub on the bottoms of one's feet before bed (including babies) can temporarily stop coughing, at least for the night. I know what causes coughing, and I know not to give babies cough medicine- I'm not even going there. My question is, has anyone else heard of this technique, used it, and does it work?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes I have heard and have done it. Yes it works or for me it does at least. I do it to myself and all my kids if we get a cough.

      I don't do humidifiers anymore. My daughter several years back got really bad pneumonia, and was in the hospital for 3 days. I asked the doctor if cool mist or warm mist vaporizers were better, and he said " it all depends on who you ask" one source will tell you cool mist will make things worse, and another source will tell you a warm mist will make matters worse. So based on that wonderful insight I don't use either.

      EDIT: the reason it goes on the feet is because the vapors are strong. With the vapor rub on the feet, the smell isn't as strong so it's gentler to use. You are also supposed to put socks over it.

      If you worry about the strong smell you can get baby vicks.

  10. QUESTION:
    How long does it usually take a toddler to get over a cold?
    My son is 15 months old, he got a bad cold from me a couple day ago. He's also got an infection now in which he is being treated for. I cannot get him to sleep, he kept me up all night last night, I felt bad because he is so tired, but, he won't sleep. I tried everything from elevating his head to giving him a vapor bath and putting vicks baby rub on his chest, it didn't work. Any suggestions on that to help him sleep better so he can get better? I have also tried to vicks vaporizer and it doesn't really do anything either.
    I have also used saline spray for babies, it doesn't do the job for his bad cold. I just want to help him sleep better.
    By the way, when I said he had an infection, I meant he has an ear infection.

    • ANSWER:
      I've generally read a lot of good information from parentcenter.com. They provide a ton of good information. Go to that site and register and you'll get emails from them offering great info you can use. It's been very helpful to me as a new father.

  11. QUESTION:
    My 3 1/2 month old is really congested in her chest. What can I give her?
    I have a warm mist humidifier that can have Vicks added but I'm not sure if she is still too young for that. I also heard there is a Vicks baby vapor rub that may help. Any suggestions will help, I just feel so bad for her because you can really hear all the stuff in her chest. Thanks for the help!

    • ANSWER:
      rub baby vicks (they sell it at walgreens) on her chest after a warm bath and also rub some vicks in her nostrils. the baby vicks is not as stron as the regular vicks so dont worry. try ir!!
      i did it to my baby also and it worked

  12. QUESTION:
    what kind of mosquito repellent can in give to my baby who has g6pd?
    Can i give him Vick's vapor rub?

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  13. QUESTION:
    Is it safe to use cough drops and vicks vapor rub while13 Weeks pregnant?
    I got hit with allergies and a cold. I go see my midwife on the 12th of June and for some reason my allergies have been so bad at night that I cant sleep a good night sleep. Ive been using the vicks before and works wonders,just want to know is it safe to use.

    • ANSWER:
      Read the prescription, but I think you can take it without any risk for your baby.
      If in doubt call your gynecologist, he should know it, it's better for your health if you're not coughing all the time..

  14. QUESTION:
    What medicine can I give my 1 year and 4 months old?
    My 1 year and 4 months old has allergy. He has a stuffy running nose, coughs, and sneezes. I am currently using Vick's vapor rub to help him breath. I looked for over the counter meds but everything is for 2+. What allergy med can I give to my boy?

    • ANSWER:
      my pediatrician told us not to use Vick's directily on the skin. you can use it in a room humidifier with the vick's liquid to help ease stuffiness. but ultimately your baby will have to be prescribed a medicine specifically for him. my son also has terrible allergies. he's 13 months old.

  15. QUESTION:
    Question about vapor humidifier in babys room?
    I bought a regular humidifer for her room, for when she is sick. I've used it once before, and am using it now because she's been sneezing and coughing, and has a stuffy nose and congested. But i've been thinking about trading out the regular humidifer for one that has vicks vapor rub in it. But I have heard that those are not good for babies, is this true?

    • ANSWER:
      The steam vaporizers are better because they kill germs in the air, unlike the cool mist ones that just push the germs around. You would need to ask your doctor about adding Vick's.

  16. QUESTION:
    Why can't i use vicks vapour rub on a baby under 2 years?
    Prehaps i should e-mail poisons info or Vicks themselves to ask, but is it general knowledge and i am not in the loop? What's wrong with Vicks on a baby?

    • ANSWER:
      Infant have extremely sensitive skin and more importantly very very sensitive airways.

  17. QUESTION:
    Can I pass my cold back to my 5 month old baby?
    My baby caught a cold and I was told by his pediatrician to give saline drops, infant tylenol, vick's vapor rub on the bottoms of his feet, lots of breast milk, and lots of loving. But now his cold has passed onto me and my family. How can we avoid passing the cold back to my 5 month old son?
    I'm also curious to what medications can I take for a sore throat along with the tylenol cold & flu medicine?

    • ANSWER:
      Baby can't get it back if he is where you got it for sure. Once you have a particular strain of a cold virus, you are immune to it. We just feel like we are always getting the same cold because there are so many variations out there.

      In general - good handwashing is the best prevention!

  18. QUESTION:
    my 5 month old is sick maybe a cold, but he has a fever and wont sleep, what can i do?
    I've gave him infant Tylenol and I've rubbed some baby vicks vapor on his chest, he's very congested, stopped up nose, and has a fever of 99.7. He wont sleep hardly. Also what temp should it be to take him to hospital since pediatrician office is closed on weekends?

    • ANSWER:
      What will the doctor do?
      If your baby is under 3 months old, your doctor will probably ask you to bring him in so he can be examined. She may tell you not to give your baby any fever-reducing medicine until after she has taken an accurate temperature reading.

      If your baby is 3 months or older and has no other symptoms that suggest a serious illness, your doctor may advise giving him children's acetaminophen (or ibuprofen, if your baby is at least 6 months old) to bring down the fever. If his temperature isn't lower within an hour, ask your doctor whether you should switch to a different medication — ibuprofen if you've been giving acetaminophen, for example.

      Unless your baby is less than 3 months old, your doctor will probably tell you that if your baby is reasonably alert, taking fluids, and has a temperature that you've been able to keep below 102 degrees F (38.9 degrees C) with the recommended dosage of acetaminophen or ibuprofen, you can wait 24 hours before bringing him in. Because fever is often the first symptom of an illness, a doctor may not find anything significant if your baby is examined too early.

      No matter how old your baby is, if he has symptoms that suggest a serious illness or infection, the doctor will instruct you to bring him in to be evaluated, either to her office (if you call during working hours) or to an emergency room.

      If fever is a defense against infection, is it really a good idea to try to bring it down?
      Since fever is part of the body's defense against bacteria and viruses, some researchers suggest that the body may fight infections more effectively when its temperature is elevated. (Bacteria and viruses prefer an environment that's around 98.6 degrees F, or 37 degrees C.) A fever also tells the body to make more white blood cells and antibodies to fight the infection.

      On the other hand, if your baby's temperature is too high, he'll be too uncomfortable to eat, drink, or sleep, and that will make it harder for him to get better.

      If your little one's fever isn't affecting his behavior, you don't need to give him anything to lower it. Offer him plenty of breast milk or formula to prevent dehydration, and don't overdress him or bundle him up when he's sleeping.

      If your baby's body temperature is higher than normal because of extra clothes or a scorching day, help him cool down by taking off a few of his layers and letting him rest or play quietly in a cool spot.

  19. QUESTION:
    Will vicks baby rub help my 6 month olds stuffy nose?
    My son is almost 6 months old. He sounds a little hoarse and his nose is stuffy. Will vicks baby rub help this? I ask because it says its non medicated. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      This might sound weird. But put wicks vapor rub on his feet and put socks on his feet!!! I swear to god it works!

  20. QUESTION:
    What are the common medicine given to a baby with mucus in his airway and blocked nose?
    my baby is 3.5 months old
    elevating matress? would letting him sleep on his side helps?

    • ANSWER:
      I'm not sure elevating his matress would help. You elevate the matress to allow the mucus to drain to his tummy. Putting him on his side wouldn't do that. I cosleep, so elevating the matress wasn't an option for us. Thankfully we had a crib insert that was elevated and I just put him on that in our bed. I've heard of people just putting books at one side under the crib.

      My son got a cold at 11 wks and this is what his pediatrican told me. At even 11 wks, their cough isn't strong enough to cough out the phlem. That is why the strange breathing (it sounds quite scary to me) is present. The phlem gets stuck in the back of their little throats. I thought about buying a new aspirator (for cleanliness) to try and suck what I could from his throat. I'd ask the pediatrican if that's ok. My son had his cold less than a week. This is what I did based on the advice of his pediatrican:
      run a vaporizer (use only water, he's not old enough for the vapors)
      use the saline spray and aspirator
      baby vapor rub
      baths with vapor bath
      prop him up during sleep (car seat, baby wedge, bouncy seat)
      I ran the bath, door shut, with the vapor bath and had the hottest water. I held him above to breath in the vapors. After that, since it loosens the phlem, I used the saline spray and aspirator. I kept the vapor rub on his chest and back. When you put him to sleep upright, this causes the phlem to drain down to his tummy. This may cause his tummy to get upset so don't be alarmed if he does throw up and it looks slimey. As long as he isn't throwing up all his food, it'll actually make him feel a little better and get rid of that phlem in the back of his throat temporarly. I didn't see whether or not anyone suggested you use those shower vapor things, but I wouldn't use them as they aren't sold for babies. The vapor bath does the same thing and, since it is sold for babies, I feel that it'd be much safer. The aspirator does work tons better if you either do the run the bath thing I suggested or run the shower with the door shut. I'd do it before every nursing session and or bottle. They can eat a lot easier when they can breathe. I hope he feels better soon.

      I just wanted to add, I read another question and read that you shouldn't use the baby vicks on babies under six months. I didn't look, as my sons pediatrican said to use it, but that is what it says on the label (six months and up). You may want to ask your sons pediatrican.

  21. QUESTION:
    How do I put a baby to sleep that has a stuffy nose?
    My 1 year old nephew isn't sleeping due to his stuffy nose and I got him in his cradle now with the some baby music playing.

    He's just crying now. How do I put him to sleep? He looks tired.

    • ANSWER:
      He will of course eventually fall asleep from exhaustion. But tomorrow put a towel or a small blanket flattened under the mattress on the head end of his crib. This will elevate his head slightly, which helps to drain his stuffy nose. Also buy one of those plug in "vapor diffusers" you know, the ones that smell like Vick's vapor rub, but it's just put in the air, instead of on his chest. It will help him breath easier.
      Johnson &Johnson makes a baby bath for colds, too. Bath him in that, which should give some relieve and relax him, too.

      Good Luck. He'll be better soon.

  22. QUESTION:
    What's the best thing for a baby with a chesty cough?
    My baby girl is 7 months old and she has just had her 1st week in childcare & unfortunately has caught a cold with a bad chesty cough & runny nose. What is the best thing to give her? I have already given her Panadol (paracetamol) for her fever. Should I get her some cough syrup? Thanks in advance for your anserws!

    • ANSWER:
      I know this is going to sound crazy, but trust me it works. Buy mentholatum or vicks vapor rub and apply is liberally to her feet, top and bottoms. Then cover the feet with socks. It will help ease her cough throughout the night. I swear, it works so great. Good luck. By the way, don't give her any over the counter meds without talking to your doctor first.

  23. QUESTION:
    How do I get my Adult female Guinea Pig to not be mean to my baby female Guinea Pig?!!!?
    The baby female gets soooo scared around her and doesnt move. While they are on neutral territory my adult female will be ok maybe for a minute but then randomly will start chattering her teeth at the baby and stand on her and even bite her (although has not made her bleed or really even hurt her). But she really scares her and I cannot put them in the same cage! Does this mean they will never get along??

    • ANSWER:
      guinea pigs have different personlities like us some are more domintant then others I have 4 females all living in the same cage smuckers is definataly the leader she gets the pick of the hide boxes and is first to the treats what you can do because guinea pigs actually do prefer friends is get a cage neither pig has lived in bathe them and put a small a mount of vicks vapor rub under thier noses this will block the smell and make them smell the same to each other give them there own hide boxes and two food bowls supervise but see if this helps i always had spats when adding a new pig but all 4 get along now keep trying but seperate if they start to fight

  24. QUESTION:
    How long does a stuffy/runny nose last on a baby?
    My baby had a cold 2 weeks ago and he has had a stuffy/runny nose since then, I'm trying everything, but how long wil it last? Is that normal or should I call the ped.?

    • ANSWER:
      The first thing that comes to mind - and it will be the first thing that the pediatrician will ask you - is what color is the snotty nose? What color is the drainage? Is it clear? Is it yellow or green? If it's yellow or green in color that indicates some sort of an infection and you will want to call the doctor and take the baby in for an appointment. If the drainage is clear, he simply has a runny nose and there is nothing to worry about. It's just the cold running it's course. Colds can last a bit longer than two weeks and they can last a bit less than two weeks depending on the child and how many colds the baby has had in the past. When you say you have tried everything, what sort of things have you tried? Some things will simply do nothing for the common cold, others will make it hang on much longer. If your baby is having trouble breathing in any way (like if he is congested; if you can hear anything in his chest or gurgling in his chest or throat when he breathes or even see bubbles in his nose / snot when he breathes) I would suggest a menthol vapor like Vick's. There are the plug in versions you can buy so you don't have to rub anything on his chest and take a chance of allergic reaction. I would give it just a few more days and if you see no improvement, call your pediatrician.

      One more note of concern - how old is your baby? Is he old enough to be teething? If he is at the right age to be getting teeth or even showing teeth buds, that might be the reason for the runny nose (if the drainage is clear).

      Hope he gets to feeling better soon! Best of luck to you ...

  25. QUESTION:
    what is the best vaporizer when baby is having a flu?
    my baby , 7 months old,is having a flu, he is not able 2 sleep at night from nasal congestion, so did the vaporizer really worked when ur baby had a flu, did u see difference in his sleep? which brand is the best, any other recommendations for better sleep, other tahn giving him tylenol?
    his temperature is 99.4.
    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      When my son was an infant, I was recommended by other experienced mothers and a pediatrician to just use a simple humifier and an optional air filter. This would help the baby breathe better without any harmful or strong chemicals and you can rub Baby Vicks Vapor Rub on his chest and this may help out a bit. The humidifier should release nothing but plain water, no chemicals or additives. I had to avoid Tylenol during his early stages as well because I found that he didn't react too well, he'd be completely emotional and cranky during dosage and feel so unhappy during the effects. I hope your baby gets well soon.

  26. QUESTION:
    What can I do for my babys stuffy nose?
    My son has a head cold and I know you're not supposed to give babies any medicine now. What can I do to help clear his head and also clear his little nose from boogers? I feel so bad for him, he's all stuffed up. Ive tried sitting in the bathroom with him while running a hot shower, but it seems to only work while we're in there. Is there any other remedy or medicine I can give?

    • ANSWER:
      You can try putting a humidifier in your house so the air is more moist and might loosen up those boogers. And they also have vicks vapor rub.. It might help when you have to go out and about..
      And lastly, there's always the booger bulb. You know those blue turkey baster looking bulbs. It's used to gently suck the boogers out when they're too young to know how to blow their nose..
      Good luck!!

  27. QUESTION:
    Vicks Vapor Rub for babies/toddlers, is it still a no-no or ok to use?
    I can't remember if it's still a no-no to use it or not. The kids have runny noses alternating with congested noses. I have used the saline spray and get them to blow their noses as often as I can. Just wondering if this will help or not. They need a bath and I have the bubble bath kind.

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      i use the vicks for babies on my daughter. i normally have some but when im out i mix the regular with alot of vasaline so its noit as strong

  28. QUESTION:
    How to take care of my infant that has a cold?
    My 3 month old baby was coughing and sneezing this morning. I'm taking him to the Doctor at 3. Will they prescribe anything? I feel so bad everytime he coughs. I don't even know where he got the cold from. He is not running fever.

    • ANSWER:
      Not much you can prescribe for a cold for a 3 month old. If they feel it is bacterial they might prescribe an antibiotic. Here is was what can do for the cold part. First, a cool mist Humidifier. Then get theses products, Vapor bath wash, Baby Vicks vapor rub, and a Vapor plug for the wall. When my son has a cold, I give him a bath in the vapor bath, put some vicks on his chest, and plug the plug in. Helps him breath very well. Hope your little one gets better!! Its so easy to catch a cold!

  29. QUESTION:
    How to relieve my newborns stuffy nose?
    My baby girl is 2 weeks old and the dry air and the cold is causing her to have a stuffy nose. How can I help relieve it? I've tried the sucker thing and it didn't do much just relieves it for a few minutes.

    • ANSWER:
      Get a humidifier for the room she sleeps in. That'll help ease the dryness. Other than that you might find som vicks vapor rub, put it on a tissue (not directly on your daughter) and put it near her when she's sleeping. My daughter went through the same thing when she was born, the vicks worked wonders!

  30. QUESTION:
    Is Vicks vapor rub bad for the pregnancy?
    When I get sick or i feel like i am about to get sick. i smell some vicks vapor rub and it makes me feel so much better.

    is that bad? is it bad for the baby?

    • ANSWER:
      No, its perfectly fine during pregnancy.

  31. QUESTION:
    What can my pregnant wife take for a cold?
    She has a very nasty sinus cold, what drugs are 'safe' for her to take that is safe for the baby? She is almost 6 weeks!

    Her symptoms are: runny nose, achy, and dizzyness.

    • ANSWER:
      to be on the safe side take nothing when your baby is involved i don't think you should take anything i took the vitamin c candy its in the packet like halls i mixed halls and the vitamin c losingins in some hot tea stir let it melt and drink while warm or as hot as u can take it then get under the covers and sleep repeat till u real better ps. rub with vicks vapor rub and get under covers

  32. QUESTION:
    HELP, My 1 wk 4 day oldinfant sounds sick and congested. What can i do besides medicine and hospital ?
    I know that all babies cough and sneeze, but hers sounds more wheezy and nasal. She even had a little mucus in her nose. Should I take her to the emergency room. Her breathing sounds hoarse as well.

    • ANSWER:
      I agree with the person who said take your baby into the bathroom and run the shower-the hotter the better! Also, see if anyone that you know has a vaporizer-or even take a large pot of water and boil it on the stove-you CAN add some Vick's vapor rub into that-I used to do that all the time with my boys and very rarely had to take them to the hospital unless their symptoms got worse-so just be on the lookout.

      Use that nasal sucking syringe that you may have gotten from the hospital, just make sure that she can breathe through her nose because babies really aren't 'built' to breathe out of their noses.

      Try giving her some warm water, forget the honey because she is too young(allergies to honey are common), if she doesn't clear up in a few hours, then I would take her to the ER.

      Good luck and Happy Holiday all! ~*.*~ mama lisa

  33. QUESTION:
    Any tips for easing toddlers cough at night?
    My 17 month old toddler is on antibiotics for tonsillitis. Last night she started to cough quite a lot and it sounded like she had trouble breathing. I've rubbed her chest and back with baby Vicks and have raised the head end of her cot but that's not really helping. She's to go back to the doctor on Wednesday but it sounds like the cough is on her chest now. Any ideas what might help her sleep easier?

    • ANSWER:
      this worked and continues to work for my son. its unusual, but try rubbing the vicks on the bottom of her feet, and then putting socks on, i swear this works, its an old wives tale that has some truth in it. some of those wives knew what they were talking about. also you can make a home-made vaporizer using vicks. boil a pot of water with a lid on it. then take it off the burner and take it to her room as quickly as possible, with the lid still on it. as soon as you take the lid off, put a big dollop of vicks in it, and it will steam up the room and get the actual vapors going thru the air. this works wonders. just make sure its not near enuff to the crib where she could possibly reach the pot, of course. a lot cheaper and quicker than a store bought vaporizer, i assure you. this should bring her some relief until she gets to the doctor. hope she feels better!

  34. QUESTION:
    Is it safe to put a bit of vicks vapor rub on your babys feet?I?
    I have been told that adults can use vicks this way and i know not to put it on her chest or face but a bit on the feet would that be alright?She has a stuffy nose and she is 9 months old.
    soles of her feet is what I was thinking of doing,ty.

    • ANSWER:
      Some babies like to put their foot in their mouth and so your idea is not a good one. Why don't you put some Vicks on a Kleenex and put it beside her pillow

  35. QUESTION:
    How can I keep my 18 month old comfortable?
    My baby girl is in a new daycare & keeps getting colds. How can I keep her comfortable?
    I did take her to the Dr. but She flew out of the room before I could ask any questions! ...Yes Im shopping for a new one.
    Also should I stop giving her her milk while She is sick?
    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Put a humidifier in her room at night. Rub baby vicks on her chest before bed. Give her a bath with the Johnson's vapor bath. Give her baby motrin if she has a fever. Put a vick's vapor plug in her room (be careful though, these can get kind of strong smelling). sit in the bathroom with her while you run a hot shower and just let her breath in the steam for a few minutes. Use the bulb syringe to suck out any boogies and snot in her nose, you can also use the saline drops to loosen up any dried stuff in the nose. And, my last tip is a very controversial one, so you may want to call the pediatrician about this one or not even consider it at all, but if your baby has a very runny nose and is very mucusy, you could give her a small dose of children's benedryl to dry her up a bit and help her sleep better at night. I have never done this, but I know people who have and it does help. You just need to be very sure to talk to a health professional about the proper dosage, and if you child has any other underlying health conditions I wouldn't go that route at all. Also, be aware that while it does help most kids sleep it can cause excitability in other kids. Give her lots of liquids to help flush the cold out of her and make sure she is eating lots of fruits and veggies to build up her immune system. Of course be sure to wash her hands constantly and insist that the daycare workers do the same, for both your baby and their own hands. Good luck, hope your little one feels better soon!

  36. QUESTION:
    My one year old daughter has a dry cough, How can i help it?
    It just started and is not too bad, but if it gets any worst at all i am going to take her to the doctor.
    There aren't many meds for a baby her age, so what are some home remedies that i can try to make her feel better, before i take her to the doctor.

    • ANSWER:
      Humidifiers are very good for this.Leave the windows closed & the bedroom door,and leave it running all night(this is also good for dry throat and Mommys skin)You can buy them anywhere nowadays and in cute designs.They usually have a place where you pour a menthol solution which also helps loosen up dry cough congestion.With my kids I'd rub Vicks Vapor on their chest and I'd sit in the bathroom w the shower running steaming hot for as long as we could stand it

  37. QUESTION:
    5 month old baby girl stuffy nose and squealing?
    my baby girl is 5 months and for the past 3 days she has a bad cough and a stuffy nose and i just noticed her squealing. seems like shes having trouble breathing. i been having her near the humidifier and been giving her infant tynenol. she has a drs apt tommorrow. do u know what they gonna give her for it? will the dr send us to the hospital? also i been rubbing some baby vicks vapor rub on her chest, but was wondering is there anything else i can do to make her feel better? her baptism is on jan 20 and really hope she isnt sick. please help.

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds just like a regular cold.
      Baby Tylenol will only help with a fever. It does not help with a cold, so do not give this if she doesn't have a fever.
      Where I live (New Zealand) you can get these decongestant capsules for babies, ages 3 months up. They're called karvol and you can get them from any store.
      Go into your local store and see if there are any baby decongestants available, for a 5 month old. Try some saline drops from pharmacy. My doctor recommended 1/2 teaspoon Benadryl every six hours for my 10 month old, and it made her so "out of it" never use it on your baby, it's horrible.
      Have you tried elevating the head of her crib to allow her airways to open better while sleeping? Continue with the Vicks rub. Put some of he Vicks rub on her feet and cover with socks. Put a little under her nose also (be very careful not to get it in her eyes).
      Try a warm bath with that Vicks bath stuff if that's available where you live. Try steaming the bathroom up with a very hot shower, open the shower door to get the bathroom steamy, and then step into the bathroom with your baby. The steam will help to loosen her sinuses a little.
      If she's having trouble sleeping at night, let her sleep in her rocker/swing or another safe, elevated position.
      Your doctor probably won't reccommend much. Colds are normal and he will probably say just to let it rub its course.
      Try a little warm camomile tea too (no added sugar or honey etc, just the tea)

      God bless, and best wishes for you and your little one.

  38. QUESTION:
    Does anybody know any natural remedies for a cold?
    Hey everyone im having a really bad cold and im starting to feel like i can hardly breath. Everyone keep telling me it ain't much I can take because Im nursing my baby. Does anyone know any natural remedies that would help this terrible cold?

    • ANSWER:
      *Garlic is amazing for the lungs. This is a great way to fight bacterial infections. It also enhances your immune system and fights viruses at the same time! I love this garlic remedy.

      *Vicks vabor rub or you can buy the ingredients seperatly as a pure essential oil and put it in a vaporizer or essential oil diffuser it would work even better but for a quick fix vicks vapor rub would do the trick as well... this is what you would need and what is already in vicks vapor rub:
      Camphor 4.8% (Cough suppressant and topical analgesic)
      Eucalyptus oil 1.2% (Cough suppressant)
      Menthol 2.6% (Cough suppressant and topical analgesic)

      * If you have a sore throat gargle warm salt water... it helps with the pain and drawing out the infection...

      The reason that salt is used as a natural preservative is because it has the ability to draw water out of other substances and cause them to dehydrate. The best example of this is a jar of pickles. Without the salt the jarred pickles would be soft and mushy. The pickles wouldn't take long before they went completely bad. The salt keeps the pickles dryer and more crisp, and for longer periods of time. Understanding how salt works is an important part of understanding how it can cure a sore throat.

      If you are suffering from a sore throat and you want to try and cure it the old fashioned way, you should use a warm salt water rinse. Fill your cup 1/3 of the way full with warm water. Add two tablespoons of salt and mix well. Gargle with the water that is in the cup. The longer you gargle the better. If you are suffering from a sore throat you will want to gargle at least four times per day. Every other hour is best for severe sore throats. You should also always check with your doctor to make sure you don't have strep throat.

      A strong immune system is the best defense against cold and flu. Build up your immune system with plenty fresh fruits and vegetables that are rich in vitamin C if you are prone to catching a cold or flu.

      However, if you are unfortunate enough to get infected, the best way to stop a cold or a flu is to nip them in the bud when you feel them coming on. Once the virus establish a firm foothold, it will take a much longer time and suffering before you can be rid of it completely. See below for a very effective recipe that helps prevent that cold or flu.

      When you have the cold, as the name suggests, your internal body is "cold" so you need to keep warm, and take food that heats up your body. During a cold, try to avoid fruit juice. Yes, that's right. I don't recommend fruit juice when you have a cold and flu, except for a handful allowable items that are listed below.

      Although oranges are often recommended for its vitamin C, I believe this should also be avoided as it may irritate the throat and cause more mucus. Another thing you definitely must avoid when you have the cold is milk and milk products.

      During a cold or a flu, drown yourself with plenty clear liquids. Drink lots of warm water with a pinch of sea salt. The water should be as warm as possible yet not too hot that it burn your lips. The warm water helps to relieve the soreness in the throat and the sea salt (not table salt) helps break up the accumulating mucus and congestion in the chest.

      The old wife's advice to drink chicken soup for a cold is actually very therapeutically potent. Chicken contains a natural amino acid called cysteine, which is released when you make the soup. Cysteine works to thin out and help move the lung's secretions so they do not clog air passages and can be coughed up to be expelled.

  39. QUESTION:
    How can I help my baby stop coughing at night?
    My 8.5 month old son seems to always have a cold. He does go to a nursery during the day. He is a light sleeper normally, but it's worse when he wakes up congested and coughing at night. We do the humidifier and his mattress is tilted. Any other things we can try? I know they can't really take any medicine at this point. But ever since birth, it seems like congestion keeps him up at night.

    • ANSWER:
      Vick vapor rub baby is a life savor! And you can use it on your 8month old. also run a hot shower and steam up the bathroom then hold your child in the room while its steamy.

  40. QUESTION:
    What cold medicine is SAFE to take while pregnant?
    I am 6 weeks pregnant and just got sick a day or two ago. It's nothing serious, just a minor cold. I don't have insurance or a doctor and I've held off on taking care of it because I don't want to do anything to damage my baby. Does anybody know of anything I can do or take to get rid of my cold? Also if anybody has any information about getting medical coverage it would be greatly appreciated. I don't have a job. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      im pretty sure for medical they have medicaid in every state. its for low income people, so i would look into that. and for colds you can take sudafed, one tablet every four hours. you can use vicks vapor rub. or plain robitussin.

  41. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to get rid of a cold in a day?
    Okay well me(17) and my boyfriend(18) live together with a 1 year old boy. I have work tomorrow and i don't want to leave the baby here with his dad to get sick, is there anything else i can do to help My boyfriend get better? I already gave him medicine.

    P.S. we have been dating since 9th grade and we both finished high school for those out there who judge us for having a kid without being married..

    • ANSWER:
      First of all my dear there is nothing wrong with having kids and not being married, you are not the first and most certainly will not be the last. My mom always said ''A good living home is better than a bad marriage.'' (remember that). Now as per your question i hope this helps, all the best!

      Although the common cold is easily treated, manifestations of its early symptoms can really be discomforting--a clogged nose with constant sneezing,an itchy throat with dry or productive cough, headache, fever and a general feeling of being ill. Colds usually last for about 3 to 5 days but you can make yourself feel better with in a day by simply attending to your symptoms right away.

      INSTRUCTIONS:
      1. Treat your symptoms immediately. When symptoms of cold sets in, it is actually your body's way of taking the virus off your system, such as coughing to expectorate mucus, or fever to fight the existing cold virus. However, if you really need to feel well for the sake of your work or school, then treat your symptoms immediately. For nasal congestion you can treat it by either taking an oral decongestants or nasal spray. You can take cough suppressants if you have dry cough or cough expectorants if you have a productive cough (cough with phlegm). If you have fever associated with body aches, taking acetaminophen (such as Tylenol) will help ease your discomfort. Take lozenges to ease your throat (those that contain zinc are highly recommended).

      2. Keep yourself warm and be properly rested. Bed rest under a warm blanket is the best way to assist your body while it's battling against the cold viruses in your system. It is normal for you to feel weak and drowsy when you're ill, so just stay relax and allow your body to recover. The more you rest, the faster you heal. Take it easy if you want to get well sooner.

      3. Drink lots of fluid. Flush those cold viruses away by constantly drinking plenty of water. You can also go for flavored liquids such as warm lemon juice with honey, orange juice and other fruit juices. Chicken broth is very effective in reducing the activity of white blood cells (neutrophils) that can induce an increase in mucus production.

      4 . Clear off that runny mucus. Blowing your nose more often is advisable than sniffing it back to your nose. The more you blow it out, the more you take a part of the virus out of your system, but this has to be done in a correct way. Blow one side of your nose at a time. Press one nostril and gradually blow on the other side and then vice versa. Do not blow both your nostrils at once, for it may only create pressure that can lead to ear ache.

      5 . Unclog that stuffy nose. You can do this by simply rubbing Vicks VapoRub on your back, chest, above your nose, and the space between your nostrils and upper lip. You can also massage the bridge of your nose with an up and down stroke using your index finger and thumb. The vapor of the menthol rub and the nose bridge massage, will loosen up your obstructed nose and will help you breathe more easily.

      6. Eradicate that cold virus with steam inhalation. Boil 3 cups of water in a kettle. Prepare a bath towel, a medium-sized basin, and Vicks VapoRub. Position the basin into a chair and table where you can easily sit and do the steam inhalation process. Pour the boiled water into the basin, add a teaspoon of Vicks on it and mix. Then sit down and position your head above the basin, and cloak or surround the basin with your towel, allowing no steam to escape. Breathe in on the steam to relieve your stuffy nose and also to eliminate the existing cold virus (these type of viruses do not have the ability to survive at elevated temperatures).

      7. Soothe that scratchy throat. Mix a teaspoon full of salt in a mug of warm water and gargle. This will help ease your irritated throat. Do this gargling procedure 4 times a day. You can also relieve your cold-infected throat by sipping hot liquid. This is quite a challenging method because here, you are to sip the hottest water temperature you can handle. You can either use plain water or tea mixed with lemon. After sipping one mug of hot liquid, drink a small glass of pure water at room temperature. This hot water method will not only help ease your irritated throat but will also help in eliminating your cold virus quickly

      Tips & Warnings- Don't force yourself to eat solid foods if you don't feel like it. You can go for a very simple diet such as soups, raw fruits, and steamed vegetables, or you can just eat when you feel hungry, but make sure to drink lots of liquid to assist for your faster healing process.

      Antibiotics do not work when it comes to treating colds. These type of medications are only effective in fighting infections caused by bacteria. So taking antibiotics for your cold is no help at all.

  42. QUESTION:
    Is there anything I can give my 18 month old for congestion?
    She is 18 months old and weighs 22 lbs. I know I can do the vicks vapor rub on the chest and feet...but is there anything else she is able to take besides tylenol? She does not have a fever..just a deep cough, runny nose, and sounds very congested. I steamed the bathroom up and let her sit in there for a bit..but that only seemed to help VERY temporarily. Any suggestions? Thanks. She has a doc apt tomorrow! =)

    • ANSWER:
      Regular vicks vapor rub is only for two and up, buy the baby rub. A vaporizer should help her too

  43. QUESTION:
    Has anyone tried Johnson & Johnson soothing vapor baby bath?
    Noah has a bit of a cold and we're trying to do everything we can to make him comfortable. So far we've purchased a travel humidifier(we're at my parents'), used saline drops and the nasal aspirator, propped the crib mattress up by his head, and applied Vicks baby rub.

    I was wondering about the soothing baby wash, too. Has anyone tried this and liked it? Did it seem to help your baby at all? Oh, and any other tips/tricks are welcomed too! Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Yeah we love it. Just dilute it well and keep it away from their eyes. We also put vicks vapo rub on our baby's bib- just a tiny dab (not on the baby's s skin) and that worked even longer than the baby wash did. Just use a bib you don't care to get a little spot of grease.

  44. QUESTION:
    where can I get vicks baby rub In Uk?
    where can i get Vick's baby rub UK LONDON,i went to the local pharmacy they sid they don't do it anymore...please help.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm sorry but I don't know exactly where you can get vicks baby rub. At the same time... I don't know that you can't make your own. And of course you can put vicks baby rub on a baby's skin, it doesn't have menthol which is the ingredient that causes the 'cooling' or 'burning' sensation on purpose, so that you can use it on babies.

      So according to the website, the active ingredients in vicks baby rub is aloe vera and fragrances of eucalyptus, rosemary, and lavender. You may be able to find these things at your local stores. I know something that helped my daughter was to have a vicks vapor pad, it has a lot of eucalyptus in it and dissipates it in the room without touching your child, and that can help break up things. Rosemary is a long-known herb connected with helping with colds, and you should be able to find it easy enough at your local herb-market.

      I hope some of these links can help you. If you can't find vicks baby rub in London you should be able to find the ingredients and help your little one that way. Remember, vicks relies mostly on aromatherapy at this age so you don't have to put it on your little one. Vicks just puts it in a petroleum jelly so it stays on them longer, but if you put it in a little bowl near their bed or in the room then that can do the same good. (Which is why the Vicks vapor pads work well for infants as well. My humidifier has a spot for the vicks vapor pads and I love that. I just turn up the humidifier, put in the little pad, and the room is helping her breathe.)

  45. 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!

  46. QUESTION:
    what kind of Rx can i take while pregnant?
    I am 7 months pregnant and have a cold,is there any kind of decongestant Rx I can take without it affecting the baby? I have already tried Vicks,drinking hot tea,taking hot showers and breathe right strips.

    • ANSWER:
      Ahh, try Vicks Vapor rub, dough drops and get a humidifier ( they are like .00-.00 at Mall*Mart and you can sit it in babies room to hum them to sleep at times) also you can take children Dimetap but ask yoru doctor first. Take plain Theraflu, nothing that makes you sleepy or for flu, just plain old Theraflu.

      Feel better.

  47. QUESTION:
    How do you help post-nasal drip in babies?
    I have a eleven month old that has a hard time sleeping at night and she won't stop coughing up mucus, it almost chokes her. Her doctor says let it take its course but there has to be something I can do to help her sleep and be comfortable.
    She does have a cold, It isn't a all the time thing. I am already looking for another doctor for her. I wasen't happy at all with his "wait and see" attitude

    • ANSWER:
      I would get a different doctor. Sorry but that answer from a doctor is unacceptable. Do you know what has caused the pnd? is it from an illness or is it just there? If it is from an illness you may try a vaporizor, vick vapor rub and saline nasal drops. If it is just there then the cause needs to be found, asthma, gerd, allergies, etc and treated.

  48. QUESTION:
    How do I treat red marks on my baby"s (9mth) neck from Vick's Vapour rub? It rubbed off her collar, onto skin
    I used it when she had a cold, about 2 weeks ago now, and the red marks are not going away, I've tried sorbylene lotion, with no result. Can any one help me with some suggestions? (Other than using baby vicks next time instead of adult stuff!) the marks dont seem to be bothering her at all, they just wont go away.

    • ANSWER:
      You should talk to your pediatrician about it, because marks like that still shouldn't be there.

  49. QUESTION:
    How do I know if its a cold or if she needs to be seen by a doctor?
    My daughter is 13 months and currently not insured. Her insurance starts on 4/1.
    She has been having runny nose and I hear some chest congestion. She has had fever on and off temp 101.
    Is this something that I should take her to the MD for? Or do you think OTC things will work .

    • ANSWER:
      No, that's not bad at all. I've rushed my daughter to the hospital for a fever of 103 and she had chest congestion, runny nose, she was sleepy, etc. All they gave her was an antibiotic to soothe my worries. She didn't even need it because it was viral so it didn't help.

      Just give your baby a little but of Tylenol for the fever, keep her in light clothing to allow her body to breathe. Put a pillow under on side of her mattress to help with her sleep at night. Buy some J&J Vapor bath and bathe her in it and get a humidifier/vaporizer for her room. You could also get some baby Vicks vapor rub for her chest and back to help with congestion. Let her rest as much as possible as long as she is still eating properly. It is normal to have a decreased appetite when you are sick, so understand that she may be eating a little less.

      All in all, time is the only way she will truly get over what she has. Everything else is just for the symptoms. Disinfect her toys and things around the house to help kill the germs. If she gets any worse, instead of better, then thats the time you would need to take her to the doctor.

      Good luck and i hope she feels better soon.

  50. QUESTION:
    Natural ways to get rid of a fungal infection?
    I have a fungal infection and i've been to the doctor multiple times for it. I am pregnant so I guess that limits the meds they can give me. I need to know some natural ways that I can kick this stuff. I have been taking galic tablets and vit. C for my immune system. What else can I do?

    • ANSWER:
      look into tea tree oil ? you would have to check on line and see if it is safe for you and the baby. I also read in the newspaper, that some man used vicks vapor rub...no kidding, in that Dr.Gotts section of the paper.


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