Find out why it is not recommended to apply or use Vicks VapoRub on babies and children under 2 years of age, a very contraindication to take into account when using one of the most popular and well-known balms.
If I asked you about the medications that you currently have in your home medicine cabinet, it is quite likely that the one known as Vicks VapoRub is one of them. It is, without a doubt, the typical product that any family has in the pantry or medicine cabinet where they keep and store medicines and drugs. And its popularity is mainly due to that famous television commercial in which parents applied it to the chest of their children with colds, helping to relieve nasal congestion.
However, according to a scientific study, Vicks VapoRub is not recommended for use in children under two years of age. Why? Very simple: because there is a risk that it will cause more respiratory problems, instead of alleviating them.
In fact, according to the study itself, this drug may even be able to increase the production of mucus, which causes a narrowing of the airways in children under 2 years of age. A contraindication that is specified on the label of the product in question.
In our country this drug is indicated for adults and children over three years of age. In addition, the warning for use regarding children under 2 years of age should not cause alarm, since as many doctors and health specialists state, Vicks VapoRub has been on the market long enough to be identified as a safe drug, with recognized safety. Proven.
Recommended uses of Vicks Vaporub
Using Vicks Vaporub is really simple: you just need to put a little bit of this balm on your fingers and apply it by rubbing it on the person’s chest, neck or back. The balm works by relieving congestion and mucus since we inhale the vapors that it gives off when it comes into contact with the heat of the body, which vaporizes the menthol.
Therefore, its use is suitable in children over 3 years of age and in adults, when they have a cold or flu and need to relieve nasal congestion and excess mucus.
Of course, it should not be ingested or inserted into the nose, and its use is not recommended in case of persistent or chronic cough, or when the cough is accompanied by excessive phlegm.