Vicks VapoRub is used as treatment
for nasal congestion, cold, fever, it is applied on muscles and
joints to relieve pain and other ailments.Vick VapoRub is
one of the most commonly used over-the-counter drugs.
However, use of Vick VapoRub may have fatal consequences
to small children. Parents who have small children may find
One Mexican mother tells her tragedy and her intention is to
warn other parents and prevent someone else to go through the
hell she’s living after losing her 2-year-old baby.
This mother came back from work and entered into her baby’s
room. She got near to kiss her son and she felt he had a fever.
She assumed that it was just a common cold and instead visiting
doctor, she decided to use a home remedy to relieve him.
She rubbed Vick VapoRub on his chest, back and under his nose
to help him breathe a bit easier. Then, she tucked him up and
lied next to her baby boy. She was very tired and fell
asleep. When she woke up few hours later she noticed that her
son wasn’t breathing. She immediately took him to the hospital
to save him. Unfortunately it was too late – the baby was
According to the medical expert, the child died due to
inflammation in the respiratory track, produced by the camphor
contained in the famous ointment.
This mother couldn’t image that use of this home remedy will
end fatal. She wanted to help her baby to breathe, but the
ointment did exactly the opposite.
It is fact that the Vick VapoRub is efficient treatment for
adults, but when it comes to babies younger than 2 years, this
ointment increases the mucus by 60%. The mucus accumulates on
the trachea blocks the breathing.
At the label of this product there is warning that the ointment
is contraindicated and should not be used for children younger
the age of 3.
Sadly, this Mexican mother didn’t read the label and didn’t
noticed this warning.
Regardless of the fact that certain home remedies can be used
for several affections, but this story should be warning and
should draw your attention about this fact: when children are
concerned, you need to read the labels and ask for the advice
of doctor or pharmacist before use any over-the-counter drug.