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I have read so many things that say Vicks should not be used for babies. However, my 8 month old has had a wet hacky wheezing cough for 6 days. He was sent to the ER Sunday by the walk-in doc who said he heard something in his lungs, but the ER doc said it is mild RSV and sent us home (no treatment). I've been running the warm mist humidifier at night with some Eucalyptus oil in the chamber, and breastfeeding as much as possible.
He is happy and playful and pretty normal except for the faint wheezing sound and occasional wet hacky cough. The ER doc had told me that if the little bit of skin on his neck (under his adams apple) pulls in when he breaths and/or he is breathing faster than 50 breaths per minute to bring him back. So this morning, the little place on his neck is pulling in slightly and he is breathing about 48 beats per minute (but this is while he is jumping around trying to chase his older brother and daddy).
So, I don't want to race back to the ER, but I don't want to miss something either...so back I go to the walk-in. The doc there says that it is RSV, and that the only thing that will kill RSV is Vicks in steaming water, : and to breath it in with a towel over babes head. Don't know if this is a good idea or not.
The pharmacist said she thinks it's a bad idea, but can't tell me to go against the doc. The chiropractor (who he saw yesterday) said she could hear a little wheezing in his lungs but that he sounded fine.
Other moms are swearing that if you put Vicks on his feet, then socks before bed his cough will be gone in the morning...: Should I use Vicks at all????
Yarn-aholic Mom to 2 cutest little girls. Dec 06 and May 09 Looking for time to and . Will always remember my missing babies too