Is your baby suffering from a stuffy nose?
Have you heard about people applying Vicks on baby’s feet to help take care of a stuffy nose?
Are you looking for more information to know whether or not you too can do this safely for your baby?
If these are the questions running through your mind and if this is the information you need, you can take a look at the article shared here. We will try and take a look at whether or not this is really an effective and safe way of treating your baby’s stuffy nose, and also where and when this belief originated. We also take a look at the age around which you can try this out for your baby or whether you need to avoid it completely.
Yes, a lot of parents believe that if you rub Vicks on your baby’s feet and put on a pair of socks, it can help to relieve baby’s nasal congestion and also help to open up the blocked nose.
It is not clear where this belief has originated from, but a lot of parents think about trying out Vicks for their children if they are suffering from a stuffy chest or nasal congestion.
If you are really trying to use Vicks to take clear of the stuffy nose and want to apply it on your baby’s feet, you can try doing it in the following way:
Apparently, one of the spokesperson for Vicks VapoRub had mentioned that even though parents feel it is okay to do so, you should not apply it only as per the instructions mentioned on the package. According to the package instructions, you should only apply the Vicks in a thick layer on your baby’s feet or chest, but do remember that the package clearly says that you should not do it for children who are less than 2 years old.
There is no science backed theory that says that rubbing Vicks on your baby’s feet will help to take care of the congestion. In fact, you should refrain from using this on your young baby, and definitely not if your baby is less than 6 years of age, even though some sites say you can use it once your baby is 3 months old.
If your baby has a stuffy nose, you can alternatively try using these safer methods that are effective and will not cause any side effects:
If you are specifically going to use Vicks for using on your infant, newborn or young baby, please refrain from doing so, or at least first check this with your baby’s paediatrician. If you are an adult or want to use this for an adult, you can go ahead and apply it on the soles of the feet or on the chest to help take care of any congestion.