Product Type: Thorpe Laboratories Ltd baby products
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Snuffle Babe Vapour Rub
Member Name: StazKilly
Snuffle Babe Vapour Rub
Advantages: Works, includes all natural ingredients, kind to baby and affordable.
Disadvantages: May cause allergic reaction to very sensitive skin.
Snuffle Babe is a vapour rub aimed at children aged 3 months and over to help relieve little blocked noses.
All parents who have ever had a baby with a blocked nose understands how hard and distressing a blocked nose can be for a little one. It can stop them sleeping as they can't breathe properly and as babies need to breathe through their nose when they eat, it can stop them eating properly which makes a very upset baby, so Snuffle Babe is a handy product to have in for when your little one gets snuffly.
There are plenty of baby and children vapour rubs on the market, Snuffle Babe being one of the first and most popular ones. It contains three natural ingredients which aren't harmful to babies and children. These are Eucalyptus oil 2%, Menthol 1.5% and Thyme oil 0.5%. The reason Snuffle Babe is made for children is because adult vapour rubs include other natural oils that are too strong and sometimes harmful to children, especially babies.
It comes in a small box, and includes a 24g pot of vapour rub. The pot is plastic with a screw top lid. All instructions and ingredients are listed on the side of the box and again on the label of the pot. When you remove the lid, you can smell the rub straight away, which is just a menthol smell, but not overpowering. If you've ever had an adult vapour rub such as Vicks, then comparing them, you can tell it isn't as strong as them, which is a good thing for little ones noses!
Snuffle Babe is very easy to use, you simply rub a small amount onto your child's throat and chest. Remember to leave ned clothes loose around their chest so vapours can escape! The rub works by the body heat causing the oils to vaporise. If you don't want to apply to skin, your child is sensitive to the ingredients, or for any other reason, you can also add some rub to a handkerchief and tie onto your child's cot or bed out of their reach.
So, does it work?
For the past 6 weeks or so, my little boy who is is 7months old has had a snuffly nose on and off due to our silly weather. Snuffle Babe was one of the things I went straight out and bought as I'd used it for my daughter and it worked really well. I only use it at night time which I think a lot of people do with vapour rubs as it is quite strong smelling so you don't want baby smelling like menthol all day long. The logo to snuffle babe is a sleeping moon, so it is mainly aimed to use night.
I rub a small amount onto my sons chest and throat as he seems fine with it and I think this way works a bit better than putting it on a handkerchief near the cot. Since using it, he doesn't wake up as early with a blocked nose. He was waking around midnight struggling to breathe before I bought it, now he goes to his usual 6am. He still wakes snuffly at 6am as I don't expect it to work for 10-12 hours, but it help to keep him unblocked in his first few hours of sleep and helps him to breathe and sleep a lot better at night whilst snuffly.
So, in my opinion and experience, it does work with helping to unblock his little nose for a few hours at night, and if he does wake during the night blocked up, which is rare when ive applied it before bed, then it's fine to apply another small amount if you can't smell it anymore.
You can get Snuffle Babe from most chemists, supermarkets and I know most corner shops near me sell it, but depends upon where you live! It usually costs between £2 -£3 depending where you buy. Lloyds pharmacy currently have it for £1.70, usually £2.99! So, it isn't too expensive to buy and is widely available and easy to get a hold of.
Snuffle Babe isn't suitable for babies under 3 month so if your little one is younger, this isn't recommended, and you should see your doctor. Also, it isn't to be used if your child is allergic to any ingredients, or on broken skin, as you can machine, it would sting pretty bad.
So if your little ones nose is blocked, definitely give this a try, it's affordable and it's very long lasting as you only use a tiny amount at a time and it doesn't need to be thrown within so many days of opening, you can keep until the expiry date, which on mine is in three years, so handy if you have more than one child and regular colds occur. A great product to have in your medical cupboard!
Summary: Great product to have in your medicine cupboard!