How Do You Use Vicks On Toddlers?
Vicks VapoRub is a mentholated salve used to relieve coughs and chest congestion. While it is safe and effective in adults and older children, it can be dangerous for children under the age of 2. According to CBC News, doctors at Wake Forest University found that Vicks can increase mucus production and airway inflammation in toddlers, possibly leading to respiratory distress. Thus, it is strongly recommended that parents should never apply Vicks (or any similar generic brand) to toddlers under age 2. However, if your toddler is older than 2, here is how you should apply the salve. Rub a generous layer of Vicks on the toddler’s chest, throat or feet. Although applying the ointment to the feet is not officially recommended on the product label, many parents of toddlers have high praise for its effectiveness in reducing cough symptoms when applied this way. Cover the medicated area with a warm, dry cloth. This can help prevent clothing from sticking to the ointment and can feel soothing t