I just wanted to warn you and anyone else who reads this:
Recent findings say DONT USE VICKS ON BABIES UNDER TWO!!!
I googled Vicks Vaporub and babies online and got a bunch of websites telling how reasearch shows it is bad on young children.
Here's what one said:
Dr. Bruce Rubin, the lead author of a study on the ointment, from the department of pediatrics at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, in Winston Salem, N.C., and his colleagues became interested in the effects of Vicks VapoRub on young children when they cared for an 18-month-old girl who developed severe respiratory distress after the salve was put directly under her nose.
Procter & Gamble's product label warns it is not indicated for children under two. But Rubin said some parents may still choose to use it for a sick child, usually by rubbing the salve on the feet or chest.
"The ingredients in Vicks can be irritants, causing the body to produce more mucus to protect the airway," said Rubin.
"Infants and young children have airways that are much narrower than those of adults, so any increase in mucus or inflammation can narrow them more severely."
"Some of the ingredients in Vicks, notably the menthol, trick the brain into thinking that it is easier to breathe by triggering a cold sensation, which is processed as indicating more airflow," he said. "Vicks may make you feel better but it can't help you breathe better."
"This may be of little physiologic consequence in older children and adults, but in infants and small children, this potentially can lead to respiratory distress," the study's authors concluded. "