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January 15, 2009

Vicks VapoRub Harmful?


Thanks to the Parent Club reader who e-mailed; Vicks VapoRub can harm toddlers: study. Thanks for sharing this because it is a good item. The report stems from "CHEST; journal of the American College of Chest Physicians".

Abstract now...rant later

This popular cold helper has been found to constrict airways in some younger children but maker says it is safe.

Read the full story HERE.

Rant Now
The grandmother notes the girl worsened after Vicks was applied under her nose. DAH! It says on the bottle "rub on chest, throat and back" NOT UNDER THE NOSE. There's even a pictogram - really - I got out my bottle to check. The bottle also goes on to note; "not for children under 2 years" (the baby in the case was 18 months old).

Creativity is for art projects not administering medications. Grandma - forgive me - but you are a bit of a twit. Administer ointments as directed not as you like - period -. This is a user-issue not an product issue.

This is a beautiful beast where the media scare parents with a bold, big font headline. Parents are busy people - and quite often headlines are their quick information. I don't think it's responsible to put out a controversial headline only to have the body of the article prove that headline wrong. What's that quote?..."Newspapers only have to be right for one day." - Hello?! I don't agree with this.

**Public Service Note: Vicks is safe when used as directed. Media is safe when read thoroughly. Stupid is as stupid does.

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1 Comments:

At January 25, 2009 at 9:34 AM , Blogger Tenille said...

Loved your post. It's SO true!! Then we know what happens next, we're all going to get emails warning us of the dangers of Vicks!!

 

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