Thursday, January 15, 2009

Vicks Vapor Rub Danger

OOOOOOOOh I wondered about this and never looked into it. I do not tend to use Vicks on my kids because of the strong smell, but some people swear by it. I have always heard any chemical with a strong smell is a bad idea to be around for prolonged periods of time.

FROM ABC: When four-year-old Kiera and two-year-old Finn get a cold, their grandmother Melon Regis follows the same advice she has for years. She's especially heeding that warning now that there's new research out about the popular menthol compound Vicks and Vicks Vapor Rub.

Dr. David Nelson, the chair for the Department of Pediatrics at Georgetown University Hospital says it may do more harm than good. According to the research, the ingredients in Vicks can be irritants. The study found that Vicks Vapor Rub may actually stimulate mucus production and cause airway inflammation. That could lead to detrimental side effects in infants and small children.

The label suggests consulting a doctor before using it on children under the age of two years. For Melon Regis and her two grandchildren, that's exactly what she plans to do.

Have you ever used Vick's Vapor Rub on your kids?

-NewsAnchorMom Jen

9 comments:

Maria said...

Someone gave me a tub of the baby stuff (different composition than the regular vapor rub). I used it once, it didn't work, so I never used it again. I also wasn't happy with the ingredients, specifically petrolatum and fragrance, so leaving it behind was no skin off my back.

Anonymous said...

I've heard putting it on your feet can do wonders, but the strong smell has kept me from trying it. I do, however, remember from my childhood that my mom used it a lot.

Shannon said...

Hi, saw your blog on Google. I love the name!

About Vicks, I got an email suggesting that it should be applied on the soles of the foot, not on the chest or back as the underside of the foot is porous and has good absorption capabilities. The instruction said to apply Vicks then put on socks to get rid of night time coughs both for children and adults.

I have also seen products like foot patches and my dad's doctor also recommends it. My dad is a diabetic and his legs are swollen due to retention of liquids. He uses the patches and I swear it works so I'm thinking there might be some truth to this Vicks thing I got in the email?

Any thoughts on this?

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Anonymous said...

I used to use it on my kids for colds,til i realized they could get it in their eyes and that would burn.So i stopped using it.

septboy said...

I used it all the time under my nose as a kid and still use it occasionally as an adult. We have put it on our children's feet then covering with socks & it seems to work well.

Ana said...

does this article include the baby vicks formula?

Amy said...

I am also wondering if the baby formula is included in the study...

Knight in Dragonland said...

One of the respiratory therapists at Cardinal Glennon in St. Louis (where I did my peds training) was sure that Vicks was actually triggering some of the asthmatics who came in. I always told the parents of my patients about his theory when they asked about Vicks. Looks like he was right!

newsanchormom.com said...

My mom works at Glennon-Small world!

 
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