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My poor little boy developed his first ever cold when he was 10 weeks old. If you have children you will know that there is nothing worse than your poor little baby being poorly and not being able to take it away from them.
I was quite lucky with Rhys as he was a little soldier, he was a little bit under the weather for a couple of days but then he seemed to perk up. The only thing he then had left was a bunged up nose. This only really affected Rhys when he was feeding, as a small baby does not know to breathe through their mouth in between gulps of milk, so Rhys just tended to stop breathing and then panic!!!
I decided to go the chemist and ask their advise about which product will be best to use to unblock my boy's nose. The chemist advised me to use Karvol decongestant drops. A 12ml bottle cost £2.50 but as you only use a few drops at a time I figure it will last me a fair while.
The bottle comes in a green box with the Karvol logo on the front, the bottle itself is brown glass with a label on the front with the Karvol logo on. It has a white screw on lid and once the lid is opened it has a plastic dropper top on, this allows the Karvol to drip out, rather than pour all over!!
The first thing that greets you when you open the bottle is the gorgeous smell of the Karvol, it is a very hard smell to describe but it is a typical decongestant smell, like Vicks vapour rub, I think it smells of eucalyptus oil. It is definitely strong and you can instantly feel it getting to work on your nostrils!!
These drops cannot be used for babies under 3 months old, for babies over 3 months it directs you to put 6 drops on a hankie secured near to, but out of reach of the baby. I simply put 6 drops on a tissue and hang it on his mobile that is over his head. 6 drops is definitely enough to give out a good vapor and I found that the smell soon filled his nursery but it wasn't too overpowering.
You can also use Karvol for older children and adults, the instructions for this age group is to put 6 drops onto bedding, hankie, tissue or into a pint of water and that you should then inhale the vapour. You should not put the drops directly into the mouth, however I would like to think that no-one would be daft enough to do this, but you never know!
I am pleased to say that these drops did unblock Rhys' nose overnight, he did tend to keep getting bunged up after so I did use them for a few nights but the drops did definitely help after just one use. Karvol is an item I will be keeping in my medicine cabinet as you never know when a cold is going to strike!!
When I was little and got a cold or blocked up nose my mum used to put these on the pillow just before we went to bed and every morning we were able to breath properly.When I had children of my own and they got cold I used to put them on there clothes not to near the face mind. They have a powerful smell which could unblock any nose but unlike vicks or snuffle babe where the smell fades after a couple of hours karvol can still be smelt the next day . I would only recommened using these on a night time as they do have a strong smell. you may get some odd looks off people wondering what that smell is. Karvol come in a capsule which you cut the top off and squeeze on to clothing or bedding. They come in handy packs of ten or twenty and are not that expensive and unlike vicks do not have to be thrown away a couple of months later as they come in a blister pack each tablet separate.
My baby has a terrible cold and cough.I have spent several nights walking the floors. With my first child I always used carvol as it is so good.You can now buy a 12ml bottle of drops which last longer,its the same formula and gives the same great relief of nasal congestion and those nasty head colds. Carvol drops are suitable for 3 months and over and costs £2.65p. It contains a combination of aromatic oils which work effectively. If you want something that will help your child breath more easily just add 6 drops onto a hanky and secure it near the child. You can also for an adult put a few drops into hot water and inhale the soothing vapours. I wouldnt buy anything else for my family.It smells nice and helps you and your child sleep once again!
When your child has a cold it can be one of the most tiring experiences for you. They don't sleep as they either have a blocked nose causing them discomfort or a runny nose causing a cough every time they lay on their backs. Here are some tips for other mothers out there. They have worked for me so I hope they work for you. 1. Give your child a nice warm bath before bedtime. Shut the bathroom door and put some Karvol drops into some hot water. The fumes will help to clear the airways. 2. After the bath dry your child off well and get them dressed up nice and warm perhaps putting some vics on their chest. 3. Before bedtime give them some infant paracetamol to keep the temperature down and any aches and pains away. 4. If they have a runny nose prop them up with a pillow under the matteress to stop it running down the back of their throat and causing them to cough (works brilliantly) 5. Place some Karvol drops on a hanky by their head or attached to the cot. 6. Make sure they have plenty of fluids even during the night. The more fluids you give your child the quicker their cold virus should disapear and flush out of their system. Finally make sure you give them plenty of Love. They need more cuddles from Mummy and Daddy at this time. Karvol Capsuls really help the breathing and stopping your child getting distressed at night time but they are not the only answer. Karvol now also does a plug in device. It works in the same way as these plug in air fresheners and has the liquid in the bottom. Gently filling the air with Karvol to clear the airways of the child in the room.
Karvol is a wonder, slightly expensive as it comes in little ampules but its really effective, works on the same principle as olbas oil. By using menthol and various aditives a scent is given off which clears the congestion from the child and helps them to breathe easily thus allowing them and you a nights sleep. The advertising lends you to believe its just for night time use, not so a bit on a hankie or tissue works just as well through the day. For night time use a few drops on the bedding or a cloth allowing the child to inhale the scent and hey presto silence.
I can remember as a child really loving the smell of Karvol, and when Jack gets the snuffles its the first thing I reach for. I know that buying them in capsule form are more expensive than in the small bottle, but feel for convenience sake its easier, plus also I feel that once the bottle is opened it tends to loose its strength, and most of it ends up on the outside of the bottle anyway. It helps to clear blocked up noses and congestion which can lead to un-settled nights (And we all know about that !) Each capsule contains aromatic oils - pine, cinnamon and menthol and the vapours help your baby/child breathe more easily. They can be used from 3 months and each capsule contains the right dose. I just cut off the top of the capsule, and squeeze the contents onto a piece of muslin which is secured near by, but out of the reach of Jack. Once older or even for adults they can be squeezed onto bedding, or into a pint of hot water and inhaled. The first packet I bought was small and had 10 capsules in and the last packet I bought has got 20. I keep using them for as long as Jack is congested and will always have them in my medicine cupboard.
Natural Vapours aimed at providing temporary relief from blocked noses. Suitable for children and adults, according to dosage instructions