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Vicks Vaporizer for newborn? safe? :: FirstTimeMommy:: 1 child; Illinois 3383 posts
11th Aug '11

DS is 2 weeks old, and he's really congested :'(
he sounds like he has lots of mucous in his chest/throat and it's killing me seeing him go through it.



I was wondering if it'd be safe to use a vaporizer in the room at night, because that's when it's really bad. During the day it isn't too bad, since he's sitting up right in his swing/bouncer or in someones lap, but it's the night time where he's on his back and i hear it worse.



has anyone use it with their LO's?



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Mandi 18 kids; New Mexico 16517 posts
11th Aug '11

A humidifier/vaporizer is fine. I wouldn't use any add-ins (like baby vicks stuff) until he's at least 6 weeks old, since that's the recommendation. Have you tried taking him into a really steamy bathroom? Turn the shower on hot only, full blast. Give it a few minutes to steam up the bathroom, and take him in there for as long as you can. That'll help loosen him up. Is he coughing, or does he just sound congested/juicy?

:: FirstTimeMommy:: 1 child; Illinois 3383 posts
11th Aug '11
Quoting Mandi
Beckers 34 kids; Illinois 2488 posts
11th Aug '11

You just put water in the vaporizer. Nothing else. My doctor always recommended the cool mist vaporizer, but we used both. A steamy bathroom will do amazing tricks. They recommend that for children with croup and stuff. I would get the bathroom all steamy and then hubby would bring our daughter in. Good luck

Mandi 18 kids; New Mexico 16517 posts
11th Aug '11
Quoting :: FirstTimeMommy:::" i'd be so scared that all that heat/steam will suffocate him! so what should i put in the vaporizer ... [snip!] ... out to feell better or get rid of it?? well that is NOT his case, he just coughs regular..no noise behind it. is that bad?? "


No, that's totally normal. A lot of babies sound rattly, congested, or have the sneezes, coughs, and hiccups often for several weeks after birth. It takes quite a while for them to get all of the fluid out of their respiratory system, since they were packaged in it for 40 weeks.



The steam/heat is fine especially in short bouts (the steamy bathroom), though I'd recommend a cool-mist humidifier. That way, you can use it all the time, and you don't have to worry about the heat. Plus, as he gets older, you don't have to worry about him pulling it off of a shelf or something and getting burned. Just put water in it. Vicks makes add-ins that put medicine into the air... that's what I'd avoid.

:: FirstTimeMommy:: 1 child; Illinois 3383 posts
11th Aug '11
Quoting Beckers:" You just put water in the vaporizer. Nothing else. My doctor always recommended the cool mist vaporizer, ... [snip!] ... for children with croup and stuff. I would get the bathroom all steamy and then hubby would bring our daughter in. Good luck"


thank you, i'll defnitely try this tonight right before he goes to bed!! i hope he gets good sleep tonight! =[

:: FirstTimeMommy:: 1 child; Illinois 3383 posts
11th Aug '11
Quoting Mandi
Mandi 18 kids; New Mexico 16517 posts
11th Aug '11
Quoting :: FirstTimeMommy:::" okay, great! i'll try the shower first, how long should i leave him in there for? and then i'll put on the vaporizer during the night!"


As long as you're comfortable with him and he's not getting overheated. I'd say start with 5 minutes, and see how he sounds.

:: FirstTimeMommy:: 1 child; Illinois 3383 posts
11th Aug '11
Quoting Mandi