“ Brand: Boots / Health Aid: Cough & Cold „
A few weeks ago my daughter had her first cold which fortunately lasted for around 5 days and it wasn't too bad as she barely seemed to notice her streaming running nose and horrible little cough. Obviously as a mother I wanted to do everything in my power to make her as comfortable as possible especially at night as I didn't want her sleep interrupted.
After a trip to Boots laden with various products I ended up purchasing Boots Mild Vapour Rub which is to help relieve blocked noses, clear congestion and help with coughs associated with a cold. Boots Mild Vapour Rub is specifically made for babies and children from the age of 3 months so ideal for my daughter. It has a combination of volatile oils which are effective in relieving a cold, similar to those of Olbas Oil and no doubt Vicks.
Boots Mild Vapour Rub is found on the shelf in Boots where all the health treatments are for babies and children so you don't need to get it at the pharmacy but you do need to be over 16 years old to purchase it. It comes in a bright green box with an image of a child on the front. On the back and sides of the box there are the usage instructions, ingredients together with contact details for Boots. For more detailed information there is a leaflet inside the box. The vapour rub itself comes in a small white plastic jar which an easy to open lid which snaps on and off.
When you open the snap off lid you do get an instant aroma of the oils use in the vapour rub and if you closed your eyes you would think your smelling a jar of Vicks. Because it is for children and babies the aroma isn't as strong but is still very noticeable but in almost a sweeter way rather than that nose hair burning scent! The active ingredients used in the vapour rub are Eucalyptus Oil, Levomenthol, Racemic Camphor - eucalyptus oil being the dominant oil which you can smell.
The vapour rub itself is a milky white colour and has a very thick, oily consistency which is just what you expect and is no different from a named brand. Because it is mainly made up of oils it does melt upon a heat reaction such as touching it or using it with boiling water. When applying to the skin I have found you only need to use such a small amount as once it touches the skin and warms up it is easily massaged over a large area.
There are two ways to use the vapour rub. Firstly, you can apply a small amount to the back and chest of a baby or child (for older children you can obviously use a bit more) during the day or night. Secondly, mix a small amount into hot water and let the steam rise into a room where the child is. This is a great option for young babies but just don't use too much in the hot water as the oils are quite aromatic.
For me personally I use the vapour rub in both ways. I generally apply the vapour rub on my daughter at bedtime after her bath and then I mix a small amount (half a tea spoon) in a tub of hot water (it melts within seconds) and I put it in her bedroom before she goes to bed so the vapours can fill the room. She can then go to bed and spend all night breathing in the vapours which help her breath better and help combat her chesty cough.
Whilst she had a cold I used the vapour rub for around a week even though she was generally back to normal after 5 days I just wanted to keep her airways clear during the night as I didn't want her getting upset that she could breath through her nose properly although I didn't apply it to her chest I just used the hot water method.
I can't complain about this vapour rub at all and I am pretty sure it helped relieve her breathing which certainly made her more comfortable during the night. Her cough after a few days wasn't as chesty and hoarse as it had been at the beginning of the cold and I did notice that she stopped coughing during the night which was a great relief to me and no doubt to her as it obviously woke her up. Even though I used a combination of products during her cold I do think this played a vital role in helping her during her bedtime with breathing through her nose by clearing her airways. I do like using the hot water method as the aromatic oils last for hours whereas when rubbed on her chest and back they don't last quite as long and at least she can breath in the vapours for longer when via the water method.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this vapour rub and it is certainly just as good as a named brand and does the job just as well. The aroma of the oils is lovely and gentle for a baby or child but are powerful enough to assist in helping combat a cough and a cold. Definitely a product I would recommend and award it 5 stars. The Mild Vapour Rub is only available from Boots and costs £2.09 for a 45g tub.
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If you have read any of my other child medicine reviews you will know that I do like to try and keep my medicine box well stocked up so that in the event of my son becoming ill I will be able to help ease it quite quickly. One of the products that I have in my box is the Boots mild vapour rub which is suitable for children from three months old.
The vapour rub can only be purchased from Boots or their website as it is of course their own brand. It comes as a 45g tub and it costs a reasonable £1.99.
The vapour rub comes in a green box with the words Mild Vapour Rub 3 Months Plus written on it. There is also a yellow band which goes around the box which also states "from 3 months" so they are making you very aware that this product is just for children over that age from the onset. There is a picture of a cartoon sleeping baby and we are told the product eases coughs and colds and that it also helps breathing.
When you open the box you find a white tub. Again it has a green label with the product name on and the yellow band to tell us this product is suitable from 3 months of age. You get to the product you need to twist the white screw top lid and then it comes off. I find that I can open the lid with just one hand when required, so that might be useful if you are alone with an upset baby. When you take off the lid you are hit with a smell of eucalyptus. The product is a quite thick mixture and looks quite like Vaseline in appearance.
To use the medicine you should massage just a small amount on to the child's chest and back. You really do only need a small amount of this each application so a small tub can go a long way. This product is particularly helpful at bedtime when it can be harder for a young child with a cold. I have found if I rub some of this onto my son after a bath when he has a cold that the vapours really do seem to help him sleep better. I think the product is also quite warming, as when you rub it in it does feel quite warm on the skin, and I think this is quite soothing too.
The product is quite greasy to rub on and I always need to rush and wash my hands quite quickly afterwards as I cannot stand anything greasy on my hands! It is also important to wash your hands after application so that you are not likely to touch your eyes or something as it will sting your eyes. Should this happen I would advise that you quickly rinse your eyes with cold water.
This product is great for using when your child has a cold, blocked nose or even a cough and I would say that it is as good as more expensive brands in my opinion! You should be aware though that sometimes this product can cause a reaction and although my child has never suffered a reaction using this product signs to look out for would be a rash or other skin irritation after use.
Personally I have used this product melted in some boiling water as a steam inhalation method when I have had a cold and have also found that it is quite effective in this way, so it is certainly not just for children to use.
I have had this product since early 2009 and it has an expiry date of April 2011 on it so it has a decent shelf life on it. My tub is virtually still full and I doubt I will have gone through the whole thing by April next year but to be honest at £1.99 a tub I am quite happy to have to throw some away if needs be as it much cheaper than the Vicks brand.
I would certainly recommend this product. Thank you for reading my review!
This little pot has been a staple in my first aid kit since my boy was 4 months old.
My boy had picked up a horrid cold from somewhere and poor little mite was struggling to breathe at night. After two nights where he could only get any sleep by being propped up vertically against me, and me trying to get some sleep whilst sitting up on the sofa, I went bleary eyed to Boots.
I asked the lady behind the counter whether Vicks was suitable for wee ones, and she said no, but recommended this Boots own mild vapour rub. She advised that it worked in a similar way to Vicks but was much less strong and therefore suitable for babies.
Given that I was shattered, I was willing to give anything a go so purchased the little pot and went home.
The rub is a rich, almost waxy consistency which you apply on the chest and back, especially before bedtime. The heat from your body then releases the smell of predominantly eucualyptus which unblocks the nose and aids sleep.
Now I am not promising that this product works miracles and immediately soothes all problems, but it really does seem to make breathing easier and I did not need to spend any more nights propped up on the sofa. The little one still snored and wheezed away, but not to the extent that it prevented him sleeping (I still couldn't sleep mind you due to all the noise, but then I can hardly blame the vapour rub for that!)
The rub can be used on adults as well, and now as soon as anyone has a sniffle the vapour rub comes out to assist with sleep.
This little pot only costs £1.99 and lasts for ages and ages - our pot has not even been a quarter used yet, over 18 months later, so brilliant value. Highly recommended product.
Any parent or carer will know that when your little one is unwell you want to do everything you possibly can to look after them. As I look after my nieces and nephews a fair amount I like to have a few products in the house that I know are safe to use on them if they happen to be unwell when they stay with me.
This Boots vapour rub is specifically designed for use on babies from 3 months old. A 45g pot cost £1.99 from Boots which is more expensive than the standard Boots Vapour Rub but still a fair bit cheaper than buying the branded product from any chemist or supermarket.
There is nothing special about the packaging, you just unscrew the lid and there is a pot of hardish jelly, a bit like hardened fat but with a much more pleasant smell. This is designed to be rubbed on to babies chest and back. Just put your finger in to the pot, remove a small amount and rub it in circular motions on to babies chest and back. It will soon be absorbed and will help baby breath a lot easier.
I have used this a couple of times, particularly on my nephew, who seems to get a fair few sniffles and coughs and I always worry about him when he is staying with me. The vapour rub absorbs very fast and it does seem to help him get a much better nights sleep as he doesn't snore and he can sleep breathing out of my nose with no problems at all.
The rub is very simple to use and it's also very effective at looking after little ones. This particular rub can also be used on adults and when I have been caught by an unexpected cold or flu I have been known to use a little bit of this until I can buy some of the other medicines I like to use if I am unwell. When I am unwell I have been known to rub some of this on to my actual nose to give it a little boost in the time it takes to work. I would recommend keeping this away from your eyes though as the levomenthol is also what is used in 4head and it will make your eyes stream and sting if it gets too close, I definitely would not recommend putting it on the nose of babies just on their back and chest.
If you want something to keep in the cupboard for when those sniffles emerge then this is definitely the product for you. The price is very reasonable and this does work very well at helping to clear chests and noses.
The only difference that I can find with this product is that it actually seems to contain more Eucalyptus Oil than the standard Boots one. You may find that the normal Boots version (which is slightly more economical) works better, if not just as well as this version. I initially purchased this one just because I wanted something mild in the house yet this doesn't seem to be the case when I review the ingredients.
The smell is not vastly different and there really does not seem to be much difference between this and other products that I have used in the past. This product works, effectively, and so I don't particularly mind that I have spent a little more money on this product.
Active Ingredients: Eucalyptus Oil 5% w/w, Levomenthol 1%, Racemic Camphar 6% w/w.
Also contains: White soft paraffin.
Please ensure you read the instructions of use before putting this on yourself and/or your baby.
I have used the normal standard version of Vick's Vapour Rub on numerous occassions over the years, but was reluctant to use it on my children when they were babies as the rub is obviously quite potent and I thought the smell and menthol properties would be a bit overwhelming for their little nasal passages! I then found a Milder version of a vapour rub made by Boots, designed to be less harsh smelling and better suited to younger children. I paid £2 for a 45g pot, which has lasted me a few months so far.
Much like Vicks Vapour Rub in consistency, the mild Boots version has a petroleum jelly like texture and is slightly transparent white. The mild vapour rub also smells like a diluted version of the Vicks original, with the same menthol smells of mint and eucalyptus but much weaker in strength and better suited to younger children.
As with other vapour rubs, you rub a little into the chest and back areas of your child, over the lungs. Believe it or not, it can also be rubbed into the soles of the feet - I'm not sure of the exact science behind this but my mum swears by it, and it's worked for me; I think maybe the heat generated by the vapour rub improves circulation and leads to a decrease in congestion...it worked for me in the past though, and doesn't do any harm, so I also put a little on my children's soles.
The idea is that the methol essential oils are breathed in and absorbed, which helps to soothe breathing, and help with decongestion. I found that using this mild version worked well on my children and helped them to get a better night's sleep when they were suffering from coughs and colds. For myself, I prefer the more powerful original Vicks Vapour Rub, but for children, this milder version is excellent and I can recommend it.
Vapour rub products are a must have for your basic home first aid kit, you never know when you might need a helping hand and as the products generally have long shelf lives they are easy to keep. Vicks vapour rub is probably the most well known branded product but there are other brands that sell for a little less yet still do a good job.
When it comes to buying a good quality gentle yet effective vapour rub product for your baby or younger child, there are a variety of brands you can turn to, such as Boots own brand Mild Vapour Rub for babies and children from 3 months onwards. We found it to be very effective and reasonably priced.
The Boots branded product has a lighter slightly mellower aroma when compared to the full blown adult version. We felt that the softer smelling yet still effective Boots Mild Vapour Rub was a much kinder and more gentle way to help settle our baby and ease a congested nose caused by a chesty cold.
The product comes boxed in a small simple plastic pack with a twist off lid. The outer box is now in light green with yellow highlights which makes it easy to spot on the shelves. You get 45grms of the rub for around £1.99. This small tub should last some time once opened.
The product contains the following ingredients:
Eucalyptus oil 5%, Levomenthol 1%, Racemic Camphar 6%
and Soft White Paraffin.
The product is suitable from age 3 months onwards.
Both older children and adults can use the product, but you may find the stronger smelling adult version more suitable.
Never apply the rub anywhere near your babys face or eyes, as it can really sting and hurt if it comes into contact with that part of your body.
We applied the product when needed to a small piece of cotton muslin when our baby was younger and placed that in between the baby vest and babygro. We felt it was best to apply it that way, so as not to make the effect of the product too strong against our youngsters skin.
The muslin piece was safely between the 2 layers so didn't move about, yet it was still able to release a light aroma of menthol and eucalyptus. We used the muslin as we had read that products like these could cause allergic reactions and redness to the skin and didn't want to risk that with an already snuffly and poorly baby.
When our baby was a little older we used the rub on a piece of cotton wool and then used that to gently apply the rub thinly to the chest and back area. We found that this was fine and gave a good all over aroma of the vapour which really helped to relax and soothe and also lessen the blocked and stuffy feelings caused by chesty colds.
The product was rather good and compared well to other branded products that we have used. It really did help to ease the horrid blocked and chesty feelings that come with winter colds and so I would say that it ought to get a 5 star rate.
As with any product used when your baby is poorly, its always best to check that the product you are buying will be suitable for your childs needs and if there is any doubt its best to consult your GP.
Why this product
If you have a child or baby chances are they will at sometime get a cough and cold and this will often mean that they are awake and so are you in the middle of the night as they cough themselves awake. Like most parents faced with this I frantically grabbed at products on my local Boots shelves. We had tried Vicks with our son and it just seemed to strong for him and the smell seemed to keep him awake so I hoped this milder version would suit him better.
What is it?
This comes in a cardboard box and the product itself is in a white plastic pot. Unlike the picture here on dooyoo the packaging is actually an all green box with a drawing of a child on it.
This is a very similar product to the Vicks Vapour rub in that it is a white translucent gel like substance. It has a sticky quality to it and between your fingers is quite tacky to touch.
Smell wise the scent is very much the eucalyptus notes with a hint of menthol. However though you can smell it is not to the same degree of a Vicks.
The way to use this product is too rub a small amount on to both the back and chest of your little one so the essential oils can be absorbed into the skin and inhaled to give them a better nights sleep and make it easier for them to breath.
We have used this on our son on and off since his first cold and cough hen he was about 9 months old. It rubs in very well and is easily absorbed by the skin. We haven't noticed any adverse reactions on his skin following using this rub. Now that he is a toddler he knows that this rub helps him with his coughs and colds on a night and actually enjoys us rubbing this into his skin and giggles away as it goes tickly when we put it on him. He always likes now to rub a little bit on to his snugly bear too to make sure bear can have a good nights sleep too.
Know whilst this rub isn't going to treat and cure his coughs and colds it certainly makes it easier for him to breath through the night when he is laid on his back. The nights when we have used it he has certainly slept better often not waking at all or only briefly and then has been able to settle quickly back to sleep
The smells is pleasant for him and he does not object to it or find it so over powering that he can't sleep because of it which was what had happened with the Vicks
Eucalyptus Oil 5% w/w, Levomenthol 1%, Racemic Camphar 6% w/w.
A great little product that is gentler than Vicks for babies and small children. It certainly has helped our son breath more easily on a night with less coughing waking him and us up. I would definitely recommend this product to people with young children
This is available from Boots for £1.99 for a 45g pot.
I bought this product for my son not long after he was 3 months old. He had been suffering with a nasty cold, chesty cough and a blocked nose. Being so young there is not a lot that you can give a baby and as he wasn't fussed on calpol i had to find an alternative. After searching the shelves in Boots i eventually come across the vapour rubs. Having used Vicks vapour rub myself i knew how strong it was and was a bit worried that it would be too strong for a baby. I was pleased to find that Boots had a range of their own and they had one that was suitable from the age of 3 months.
I paid slightly over a pound for it and it was a 45g tub, so value wise , i was definately pleased with the price. The box had a picture of a baby on the front with the Boots logo on the front. The actual tub is white with a white screw lid, there is a bright green label going around the middle. I bought it around a year and a half ago so im not sure if the packaging has changed at all.
The actual vapour rub is clear in colour and is quite thick. When you open the tub straight away you can smell the product, it has quite a strong smell. It contains Eucalyptus oil, Levomenthol and Racemc Camphor and white soft paraffin. You can definately smell the Eucalyptus and menthol. This product works exactly the same way as Vicks vapour rub would, with it being milder it doesnt work any less so that is not something that you need to worry about. Although it is quite strong smelling it is not too overpowering and didnt seem to cause my son any discomfort. It has a very long shelf life and as you dont need to use a lot a tub lasts a very long time, i still have 3 quarters of a tub left and i bought this about a year and a half ago.
This product helps you baby with its breathing. It helps to clear blocked noses and clear congestion caused by colds. It also helps with all symptons of colds and coughs.
For babies and younger children this is to be used sparingly by rubbing into their chest and back. For older children and adults a generous amount can be applied in the same way. This is especially good to use at bed time to help with symptoms and discomfort.
The vapour rub can sometimes cause skin irritations or in some cases an allergic reaction, it can cause red, itchy skin or a rash. Monitoring your child and checking their skin after use will help to decide whether or not this is suitable for your child.
I would recommend this to any parent with a young baby, for me this product is essential to keep in the cupboard for when your child is ill.
For clear and easy breathing.