A new study warns about improper use of Vicks vapor-rub and products similar to it on babies and toddlers.
Researchers studying the effects of Vicks vapor-rub after treating an 18-month-old girl for respiratory problems. The product had been applied directly under her nose.
Researchers say the product appeared to stimulate mucus production and airway inflammation.
Since babies have smaller air passageways, they say this could be especially problematic.
Vicks vapor-rub is only intended for children -over- age 2, and is labeled as such. The package label also clearly directs users to rub it on the chest or throat, -not- under the nose.