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The Vicks VapoRub is a popular remedy that parents rub on their children's chests to ease symptoms of cough and congestion. After having a young girl admitted to hospital for emergency treatment after having some Vicks put on her top lip, pediatrics from the Brenner Children's Hospital, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, decided to test the product on laboratory ferrets that have similar airways to humans. (both in anatomy and cellular composition).

They found that The Vicks VapoRub could have the opposite effect and cause babies and young children to have respiratory distress.

The researchers suggest that the ingredients in Vicks can be irritants, causing the body to produce more mucus to protect the airway. Since children have much narrower airways than those of adults, any increase in mucus or inflammation can narrow them even more.

Additionally, The Vicks VapoRub has been reported to cause inflammation in the eyes, changes to mental states, inflammation in the lungs, damage to the liver, constriction of the airways and allergic reactions with little clinical evidence of its benefits as a reliever of cough and cold symptoms.

In their study, the researchers tested the product on healthy ferrets and ferrets with a chest infection. They measured how much mucus was secreted and collected in the airways, and how much fluid gathered in the lungs. The results showed that not only did Vicks increase the rate of mucus secretion, in both normal and inflamed airways but it also reduced the rate at which the mucus cleared from the airways.

These findings confirm the product labelling that clearly says it should not be used on children under 2 years old and that it should never be put under the nose of wither adults or children. However,
many parents use it on their babies and toddlers, rubbing it into their feet and chest as well as under their noses.

It's not just Vicks, but any decongestant is not recommended for young children. Mucus plays an important role in protecting air passages, and sometimes in small airways this can cause congestion.

The best treatments for congestion would be a bit of saline (salt water) and gentle rubber bulb suction, warm drinks or chicken soup, and, often, just letting the passage of time heal the child.

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This is valuable information for any parents with young children. Good job, Heidi.
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heidi wrote:

The Vicks VapoRub is a popular remedy that parents rub on their children's chests to ease symptoms of cough and congestion. After having a young girl admitted to hospital for emergency treatment after having some Vicks put on her top lip, pediatrics from the Brenner Children's Hospital, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, decided to test the product on laboratory ferrets that have similar airways to humans. (both in anatomy and cellular composition).

They found that The Vicks VapoRub could have the opposite effect and cause babies and young children to have respiratory distress.

The researchers suggest that the ingredients in Vicks can be irritants, causing the body to produce more mucus to protect the airway. Since children have much narrower airways than those of adults, any increase in mucus or inflammation can narrow them even more.

Additionally, The Vicks VapoRub has been reported to cause inflammation in the eyes, changes to mental states, inflammation in the lungs, damage to the liver, constriction of the airways and allergic reactions with little clinical evidence of its benefits as a reliever of cough and cold symptoms.

In their study, the researchers tested the product on healthy ferrets and ferrets with a chest infection. They measured how much mucus was secreted and collected in the airways, and how much fluid gathered in the lungs. The results showed that not only did Vicks increase the rate of mucus secretion, in both normal and inflamed airways but it also reduced the rate at which the mucus cleared from the airways.

These findings confirm the product labelling that clearly says it should not be used on children under 2 years old and that it should never be put under the nose of wither adults or children. However,
many parents use it on their babies and toddlers, rubbing it into their feet and chest as well as under their noses.

It's not just Vicks, but any decongestant is not recommended for young children. Mucus plays an important role in protecting air passages, and sometimes in small airways this can cause congestion.

The best treatments for congestion would be a bit of saline (salt water) and gentle rubber bulb suction, warm drinks or chicken soup, and, often, just letting the passage of time heal the child.


Can this or other things happen with the elderly?

My mother-in-law, 76, is bedridden in a nursing home, but has been putting Vicks up her nostrils for a long time. She also has a cleft palate (don't know if there's any relation). She has been taken to the ER twice in a week with nosebleeds & coughing up blood. The first time they cauterized her nose & did chest x-ray (clear). Last night bleeding was very bad & they packed one nostril (twice because it was so bad), and the packing needs to stay a few days & be removed by a doctor. She still coughs up a little blood. She says she'd dying, but she doesn't believe the Vicks could be causing her bleeding problems. What can you tell me? Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!
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heidi wrote:

The Vicks VapoRub is a popular remedy that parents rub on their children's chests to ease symptoms of cough and congestion. After having a young girl admitted to hospital for emergency treatment after having some Vicks put on her top lip, pediatrics from the Brenner Children's Hospital, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, decided to test the product on laboratory ferrets that have similar airways to humans. (both in anatomy and cellular composition).

They found that The Vicks VapoRub could have the opposite effect and cause babies and young children to have respiratory distress.

The researchers suggest that the ingredients in Vicks can be irritants, causing the body to produce more mucus to protect the airway. Since children have much narrower airways than those of adults, any increase in mucus or inflammation can narrow them even more.

Additionally, The Vicks VapoRub has been reported to cause inflammation in the eyes, changes to mental states, inflammation in the lungs, damage to the liver, constriction of the airways and allergic reactions with little clinical evidence of its benefits as a reliever of cough and cold symptoms.

In their study, the researchers tested the product on healthy ferrets and ferrets with a chest infection. They measured how much mucus was secreted and collected in the airways, and how much fluid gathered in the lungs. The results showed that not only did Vicks increase the rate of mucus secretion, in both normal and inflamed airways but it also reduced the rate at which the mucus cleared from the airways.

These findings confirm the product labelling that clearly says it should not be used on children under 2 years old and that it should never be put under the nose of wither adults or children. However,
many parents use it on their babies and toddlers, rubbing it into their feet and chest as well as under their noses.

It's not just Vicks, but any decongestant is not recommended for young children. Mucus plays an important role in protecting air passages, and sometimes in small airways this can cause congestion.

The best treatments for congestion would be a bit of saline (salt water) and gentle rubber bulb suction, warm drinks or chicken soup, and, often, just letting the passage of time heal the child.


Can this or other things happen with the elderly?

My mother-in-law, 76, is bedridden in a nursing home, but has been putting Vicks up her nostrils for a long time. She also has a cleft palate (don't know if there's any relation). She has been taken to the ER twice in a week with nosebleeds & coughing up blood. The first time they cauterized her nose & did chest x-ray (clear). Last night bleeding was very bad & they packed one nostril (twice because it was so bad), and the packing needs to stay a few days & be removed by a doctor. She still coughs up a little blood. She says she'd dying, but she doesn't believe the Vicks could be causing her bleeding problems. What can you tell me? Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!
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