Is it safe to use Vicks on babies?

If your baby is under the age of 2, you should never apply Vicks to their chest, nose, feet, or elsewhere. You could try the special nonmedicated version of its famous vapor rub for babies 3 months and older. Use these to release the scent of menthol to soothe and ease congestion for your baby.
A.

How do you help a baby with a stuffy nose?

A few home treatments can make your little one comfortable again.
  1. Try Saline (Saltwater) Drops. You can buy this at the store.
  2. Remove the Sticky Stuff. Sometimes mucus hardens into a crusty or sticky mess around your baby's nose.
  3. Vaporize.
  4. Give Love Pats.
  5. Know When to Wait It Out.
  • How do you clean an infant's nose?

    Follow these steps to clean baby nose using a nasal aspirator:
    1. Add saline drops into the baby's nose and see if it clears the congestion.
    2. If you still find a stuffy nose, place the nozzle tip into the baby's nostril and the mouthpiece into your mouth.
  • How do I make saline drops for my baby?

    Start by squirting a little nasal saline into your child's nose to moisten and loosen up the mucus before you try to suction it out. You can buy saline at pharmacies or make it easily at home by dissolving 1/4 teaspoon of salt in 8 ounces of warm water.
  • Can a baby breathe through their mouth?

    That's right, a newborn baby must breathe through his nose, not his crying mouth, if he wants to breathe at all. Until approximately age three or four months, babies have not yet developed the complex reflex to open their mouth if their nose is stuffy.
B.

How do you clear a baby's stuffy nose?

Clearing mucus using an infant nasal suction bulb
  1. Pinch the air out of the bulb.
  2. Gently place the tip into the nostril, just inside the opening. Do not go too deep or you can cause damage to the inner part of the nose.
  3. Release the mucus onto a tissue.
  4. Rinse the bulb well with fresh water before and after each use.
  • How do I help my baby's stuffy nose?

    A few home treatments can make your little one comfortable again.
    1. Try Saline (Saltwater) Drops. You can buy this at the store.
    2. Remove the Sticky Stuff. Sometimes mucus hardens into a crusty or sticky mess around your baby's nose.
    3. Vaporize.
    4. Give Love Pats.
    5. Know When to Wait It Out.
  • Can you use Vicks Vapor Rub on a baby?

    If your baby is under the age of 2, you should never apply Vicks to their chest, nose, feet, or elsewhere. You could try the special nonmedicated version of its famous vapor rub for babies 3 months and older. Use these to release the scent of menthol to soothe and ease congestion for your baby.
  • How can I clean my baby nose?

    Lay your child down with her chin tilted up slightly. Place one or two drops of saline in each nostril with an eyedropper (or squirt once or twice if you're using a saline spray) and try to keep your baby's head still for about ten seconds. Wipe the dropper clean after each use.
C.

How long does it take for a baby to get over a cold?

“Colds are caused by viruses,” Ukpeh says. “They run their course in five to seven days. But children can start off with colds and end up with bacterial infections that definitely require treatment. If your child's cold symptoms last longer than 10 days, be sure to see the doctor.”
  • What can you give a newborn for a cold?

    Treating the cold at home
    1. Elevate your baby's head to help ease breathing.
    2. Give plenty of liquids, including breast milk, formula (if your baby doesn't take breast milk), and water.
    3. Suction out nasal mucus using saline drops and a suction bulb.
    4. Moisturize the air with a humidifier.
  • How do you know if your baby has a cold?

    Babies with a cold typically have a lower fever (if any), a runny nose, and minor coughing. Check to see whether the triangular shape between your baby's ribs caves in when she breathes. If you can see the ribs and if the chest seems to pull in when she's breathing in and out, call your doctor.
  • How long does a baby cough last for?

    As most coughs are caused by viruses, doctors usually do not give antibiotics for a cough. A cough caused by a virus just needs to run its course. A viral infection can last for as long as two weeks. Unless a cough won't let your child sleep, cough medicines are not needed.

Updated: 3rd October 2019

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