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Since my girls were babies I had been using Karvol decongestant drops to help them breathe at night when they had colds. When I was running low on this I sadly found that I was unable to find anywhere that sold them so looked at the alternatives and this Olbas Children seemed the most similar, as I recognised the Olbas brand I thought they would be a good choice.
What do you get?
The drops come in a 15ml glass bottle with screw top and the instructions for use and the ingredients are printed on both the box and the bottle. The bottle has a plastic dropper top and so it is easy to ensure that you use the correct number of drops. The ingredients are mainly plant oils which vapours provide you with a decongestant.
How we use the drops
The instructions state that for babies between 3 months and 2 years 4 drops should be used and for those over 2 years 8 drops should be put on a tissue near but out of reach of your child. I find this works really well and fills the room with vapour fairly quickly, much faster than the plug-in varieties we have tried. I tend to do this before I bath the girls so by the time they go to bed the vapours have filled their room which is only small.
These drops are really effective at clearing little noses so that your child can get to sleep, getting them to sleep has always been the battle for us when they are blocked up with them sleeping okay once they have dropped off. The smell isn't as strong as the Karvol drops but they work just as well which is the important thing.
The drops can also be used for by adding to hot water and inhaling the vapours. Although this is a child product i still find it helpful when I have a cold and I just add them to a tissue which I can breathe in from when I need to.
Price and availability
These drops cost around £4 for a 15ml bottle which is really good value for the time they last.
Would I recommend?
Yes, these drops are really effective and anything that helps myself and my children to sleep with a blocked up nose is a must have. Personally I find them more effective than the plug in varieties and more cost effective too.
Olbas is a decongestant oil that works to clear the symptoms of a cold by breathing it in, there are two versions of this, the standard and this childrens one which is suitable from 3 months old.
I love anything natural especially when it comes to medicins but I also like them to work too as there is nothing worse as a parent than watching your child suffer. Olbas oil contains a variety of different vapours which are all natural and work to clear your baby or childs nose to help them breath more easily.
I find when my children have colds they always seem to suffer more of a night time when trying to sleep with there breathing than they do during the day time so I always keep a bottle of this handy in our medicin cabinet as it is not expensive at just a couple of pounds and can often be found in pound stores too so keep your eyes peeled for a bargain.
I have used this oil directly on my childrens clothing before they went to bed and on there pillow cases, the smell lasts a good few hours so is great and lasts a lot longer than the vapour rubs do and I have even used the two together for realy bad colds as I feel the vapour rubs work better for chesty coughs than this does. It washes off the clothes and bedding easily without leaving any marks behind as even though it is an oil it does not stain like oils normally do.
I have applied this to tissues for my children to take to school with them to help them through the day and have also put it on a cloth on a radiator in the bedroom if more than one of them has a cold as it fills the room with the lovely vapour this way whIlst they sleep.
It is great as a decongestant and not as strong as the standard version so doesnt make your eyes sting from just the smell but does still have the strength to clear there little nostrels and give them a decent nights sleep.
**What is it?**
Olbas for Children is a junior (milder) version of standard Olbas Oil for adults, which is a liquid menthol for inhalation and to clear the nasal passages when you have a cold.
As very small children often can't sniff, or blow their own nose, their little noses can be prone to blocking and the decongestant properties of Olbas can be very useful, as obviously they cannot take a pharmaceutical decongestant.
**Price and Availability**
Olbas for Children varies wildly in price - take this example, I went shopping with my mum and popped into Poundland where I found Olbas for Children for £1, and then we nipped to Boots where it was £3.49. She was so shocked - that's quite a saving! So my advice is, if you can, look in the cheaper shops like Poundland, Poundworld, Home Bargains and B&M Bargains as you can save pounds. If you can't get to a discount shop, you can buy Olbas for Children in Boots, Superdrug, Bodycare, Lloyds Pharmacy, independent pharmacies and online including Amazon.
Olbas for Children comes boxed, though most people discard of the box as the bottle is quite sufficient for storage. Unlike adult Olbas which is styled in green and navy, Olbas for Children is styled in yellow and orange so it is very easy to distinguish between the two. The box contains an instructional pamphlet but these are also covered briefly on the bottle and on the box.
The bottle is a small (about 3in tall) tinted glass bottle with a white screw on cap. The dispenser I can only describe as like a vinegar type dispenser, ie, a 'drip' dispenser.
The main way you'd use Olbas for Children is a drop or two onto their nightclothes or blanket. You cannot put this directly onto the skin (like adult Olbas), nor can you drop this into the bath as it may irritate and dry out the skin (you can buy special menthol bath bubbles, if you like, but I wouldn't use these on children). For slightly older children a drop or two on a tissue may be suitable but be careful, as Olbas can irritate the eyes.
As I've said the best thing to do is put a few drops on your child's duvet (not pillow) or the collar of their pyjamas. This means the scent can get to their nose, but it has far less chance of irritating the skin or the eyes. And even though Olbas for Children might smell mild to us, to children it's effects are much stronger, so be sparing.
It's not a miracle cure, and you'll still need to be on hand with the tissues to wipe their snotty noses, but for my money (all £1 of it) Olbas for Children is effective in relieving stuffed up noses for a happier night's sleep. I certainly notice the difference when iuse it over not using it. The good thing about Olbas for Children is that it lasts a long time, some creams and potions can't be stored away for next time and must be discarded, but screw the lid onto Olbas for Children tight and it's ready for next time, making it a great children's first aid kit essential.
I think given that it's a relief, not a cure, to a child's cold, and it's something I use the adult version of when I need to, that I do recommend Olbas for Children. The variation in the price means that I'd always recommend it at £1 - but if you need it, the RRP is still well worth a child's restful sleep, especially when they aren't feeling very well with a cold.
I'll award Olbas for Children 4 out of 5 because it isn't a miracle cure and you'll still need to use a painkiller if your child is stuffed up and poorly, but it is effective in relieving the symptoms of a bunged up nose, and it's great that something I use is available in a junior form.
My daughter has had a very bad cold recently accompanied by a bad cough and I have just about given everything to help ease it, particularly at night. The cough has thankfully eased and I have stopped using the vapour rub I was putting on her chest before bed in the case of causing her a rash, and so instead to continue to ease the stuffy nose which is still bothering her a bit at night despite not annoying her during the day anymore, I went to get out my usual Karvol, only to find I needed a new bottle. When I went to restock at Tesco they were out of Karvol and the only other option available was this Olbas for children decongestant oil, which cost me over £3 for a 15ml bottle, so it wasn't cheap, but I had little option at the time.
This Olbas for children has been designed for those babies and children over 3 months, who require a decongestant but aren't quite ready for the stronger adult version. Olbas is not a product I had ever tried before either as a child or adult, so I wasn't sure whether it would be as effective as Karvol in helping my daughter breathe better and relieve the stuffed nose when she sleeps at night.
Olbas oil is meant to contain natural vapours including pure plant oils that will release vapours to help with stuffy noses. It also claims to help those suffering from hayfever and blocked sinuses.
There are various ways of using this oil. For those under 2, during the day you can place a few drops on a tissue and hold it close to the child's nose to help them breathe better. At night, you can add a few drops onto a tissue and place it near (but not beside) the child. For slightly older children this oil can be added to hot water and then the vapour inhaled.
We only used this Olbas oil at night as that was when the stuffed nose really affected my daughter and was disturbing her sleep. My husband or me would place a few drops onto a muslin cloth and place it on top of my daughter's teddies at one end of the cot, so it was out of her reach, but near enough for her to get the benefits.
When you place the drops on you immediately get the whiff of the menthol likes vapours that clear your own nostrils. IN fact, my husband who had the caught the cold (or manflu!) from my daughter would inhale the vapour himself before he put the muslin down and it was help clear his stuffy nose.
The proof however is in the pudding, and once the muslin cloth with these drops had been placed near my daughter there was noticeable difference in her breathing after five minutes. She was no longer sounding like a tractor trying to breath through a stuffy nose and instead she began being able to breathe properly through her nose. I can't say that it would have lasted the whole night through, and it seemed to wear off as it got nearer morning, as I could hear the congested noise again, but it certainly worked for a good proportion of the night.
All in all, I do think this Olbas for children oil certainly did help my daughter breathe more easily at night when she had a bad cold recently. It let her sleep most of the night soundly as she could breathe normally through her nose. To be honest, I think it is just as good as the Karvol that I have always bought, so in the future I won't really mind which one is in stock as they are equally good.
My little boy is now 9 Months Old and he has had 3 or 4 colds since he was born and his most recent one seemed to be really bothering him and his poor little nose was so bunged up he could barely breathe when drinking his bottles. So I headed out to the local chemist to look for some kind of vapouriser or humidifier to put in his bedroom that night to hopefully help clear up his nose.
I had never actually heard of Olbas Oil for children so when I spotted out on the shelf I was quite curious to read the packagaing. I had tried the regular Olbas Oil for myself in the past and found it to be Ok, so I wondered how this version would work for my son. The packaging basically said that the Oil used natural vapours to clear blocked noses and claimed to be a gentle, yet affective, decongestant formulated especially for infants.
I asked the pharmacist exactly how I should use this for my son, I knew that I had to apply a few drops of the oil onto some tissue and put it near my son while he slept, but I wasn't sure whether I was supposed to put it in his actual cot? The pharmacist told me to pour 3 drops of the oil on the tissue and place it NEAR his cot, for example on a bedside table. So that night that is what I did and the oil came out of the bottle easily in perfectly adequate sized drops onto the tissue. I placed the tissue just beside my sons cot and left him to sleep. Whenever he woke through the night (he still doesn't sleep through) and I entered his bedroom I could smell the Oil really strongly but it wasn't an awful smell, it was quite minty and rich and it was clearly working as my son's breathing sounded a lot better through his nose than it had the previous night. He was able to suck his dummy and drink his bottle without struggling to breathe through his nose.
I continued to use the oil for 3 nights and in that time my sons cold was completely better and I think that the oil really helped with decongesting his nose and it certainly helped him to get the rest and sleep he needed whilst recovering from being poorly. I was more than pleased with the results and I am going to keep a bottle of this handy for in the future when he next gets a cold.
Olbas Oil for Children is suitable from 3 Months Old and the directions vary depending on what age your infant is, so read the instructions carefully. It is available in most Chemists and Pharmacies for around £3 for a 10ml bottle which does actually go a long way.
My daughter has had the sniffles recently which hasn't evolved into anything (touch wood!) but she has had a few bad nights with waking up unable to breath properly through her nose. Now I would normally use my trusty Boots Mild Vapour rub and put it on her chest and in water but doing it this way results in using quite a bit so I wanted something to put in hot water which would help clear the sniffly nose and help her breath.
Now if it was me I'd normally reach for Olbas Oil which is a staple in my home as it is with everyone I know. It is one item that is just a must have! However, Olbas Oil is not suitable for babies but they do make one specifically for babies and children called Olbas for Children which I promptly bought. This way I could use it in the hot water and I knew a bottle of it would last quite a while.
** Olbas For Children **
The main job of Olbas for Children is to help relive a child's blocked nose. It does this with the help of decongestant oils. To be precise the activie ingredients are Cajuput Oil, Clove Oil, Eucalyptus Oil, Juniper Oil, Levomenthol, Methyl Salicylate, Mint Oil. Once these are inhaled they help clear the airways helping the baby or child breath a lot easier. Olbas For Children is recommended from the age of 3 months plus.
Olbas For Children has a natural formula which is made up of pure plant oils (as listed above) and these oils release vapours to help with nasal congestion as well as being useful for colds, flu, catarrh, hayfever and blocked sinuses.
** Packaging **
Olbas For Children comes in a small, rectangular cardboard box which is pale yellow in colour. On the front of the box there is a sweet image of a teddy bear in bed, it gives a night time theme. The orange Olbas logo is also on the front but it does feature the word 'children' in lilac underneath. On the back and the sides of the box is all sorts of information such as usage, warnings and contact info.
Olbas for Children comes in a small glass bottle with a white top which can be easily screwed off. Olbas For Children is just like regular Olbas Oil as it has a dropper style top where you have to shake the bottle everytime you want the Olbas Oil to come out.
** Aroma **
As I've mentioned the active ingredients above you would expect for it to be quite strong in decent but it is actually far from it. Despite regular Olbas Oil having a strong, nose hair burning scent Olbas For Children is incredibly mild which obviously for little noses is perfect. The one note which is dominant over the others is eucalyptus oil which although very present it is gentle.
** Using It **
They recommend that you can use it in two different ways. You can either use it on a tissue or directly into hot water. For children 3 months to 2 years the recommended amount is 4 drops to a tissue and for children 2 and over you can add 8 to 12 drops to a tissue and hold close to a child's nose to breath in the vapour.
I tend to use the hot water method where by I fill a tall plastic container with hot, boiled water and I put about 10 drops into the water. I then place the container in a safe place in my daughter's bedroom before she goes to bed so the vapours fill the room. By the time she then goes to bed she can breath in the vapours and hopefully have a peaceful night.
** Results **
I used this every night for around 10 days in my daughter's bedroom even though her sniffly nose and chesty cough had gone long before the 10 days I just wanted to make sure everything had cleared out of her system and she was able to get a good nights sleep and could breath easily.
I am definitely impressed with Olbas For Children as it certainly is a lot milder in scent than regular Olbas Oil which even for me can be a tad strong. The one thing I did note was that you had to use more drops in the hot water than what you would do on a tissue as using only 4 drops in the water produces no aroma whatsoever. I guess because the oils disperse in the water it weakens their aroma.
My daughter goes to bed around 7.30pm and by which time the container with the oils in has been in her room for about 30 minutes and the room as filled with the lovely, delicate aroma. I tend to go to bed around 11pm and when I've gone in to check her before I turn in the room still smells of the vapours so it does have some lasting time and by which time my daughter is in a deep sleep and breathing properly without sounding like she is snoring. My other half will then check in on her at around 1am when he comes to bed and did tell me that he could still smell the Olbas For Children so it obviously has some staying power which is ideal in helping her breath clearly throughout the night.
Overall, I find this an incredibly useful product and I am glad I bought it. Because you don't use that much the bottle lasts for quite sometime which is even better. This definitely helped my daughter breath better through the night which made her comfortable. It certainly did the job it promised so I am perfectly happy with Olbas For Children and would highly recommend it.
** Useful Info **
Olbas for Children is available from good supermarkets and pharmacists. A 15ml bottle costs £3.36 from Boots.