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As my son is forever getting colds, as all babies and toddlers do, we searched around for a product that would help ease his congestion as it always stopped him sleeping. We had tried the home methods of putting a little vicks in water by a radiator but the smell wore off too quickly and the little man would wake up all bunged up again half way through the night.
So when we saw the Calpol Vapour plugin we soon purchased it. It retails at between £6 & £7 and comes with 5 refill pads. It claims to release a steady flow of eucalyptus vapours to aid easy breathing. The plug in is a while sphere, with a slot for the refil pad and vents at the top to let out the vapours. At the bottom of the sphere is a small blue led nightlight that comes on automatically when the room is dark.
To use you simply insert a refill and pop the plug in and within 15 minutes you can really smell the Vicks like vapours coming out. We have been using this now for about 6 months whenever our son had a cold or was bunged up and it works a treat. We stick it on 15 minutes before he goes up to bed and with it on all night he rarely wakes up bunged up. It also seems to help him when he has a cough as well which is always a bonus.
There are only 2 downsides to the product - the refills are expensive - around £5 for 5 and one only lasts one night. Having said that, having our son sleep better which is beneficial for both him and us is worth the price tag. The other downside is that you cannot switch the nightlight off. It comes on when the lights are turned off and theres no on/off option. We found that the LED was just too bright as our son only likes a very soft nightlight and the sharp blue LED is too much. We have got round it by using the plug in befind a chair to stop it shining out across his roon
I bought this for my daughter when she had a really bad upper respiratory infection and at her age i was reluctant to give her loads of medicines so I thought I'd try this first. Previously I had tried putting baby snuffles on her pj's etc but it didnt really releave her and with her having a dummy she was waking at night as she was so blocked she couldnt suck it. So i bought these, they are quite expensive to buy and the refills are not cheap either but trust me they work.One of the refill pads lasts all night and I found that the room still had the lovely vapour the while day so even when they go up for a sleep during the day the vapour is still doing its magic! My girls love the soft glow in the room and the vapour really does clear their airways and allows them to have a restful sleep.
Another hint it does say on the packaging the age restrictions as to when you can start using this, honestly they are only playing safe as I used it earlier for my second baby girl and it did her no harm and still worked a treat without having to risk irritating her skin by putting vicks type lotion on her.
Hope you find this as good as me.
I'm such a fan of calpol, as are many parents, and firmly believe that if calpol put their name to anything baby related people would buy it.
When my daughter was suffering her first winter cold, after about 3 weeks I was despairing over how to help her recover. She wasn't out of sorts, just had the drip drip nose and a bit of a wheeze at night, thank god her sleeping wasn't affected, but she woke up a bit rattly.
I'd been recommended a plug in remedy and saw this and the Karvol one for sale, and went for this one based only on the name (shallow, I know!).
It is a bit of a faff to use at start, as the tablets (5 in a box) need to be cut open from the packet and slid in, not that easy if you've got no fingernails like me, but once you've got the hang of it, it's fine. Once they're plugged in there is an blue glow and a pleasant smell. The smell is great, and it lingered in the room for days and was a pleasant change from dirty nappies.
It did seem to work - although I'm sure this can never be proven. I had the same cold and didn't have one in my room and I took longer to recover. That said I don't think it's a miracle cure but makes baby more comfortable in the night when they may be not used to waking due to illness.
I bought a set of refills just before Christmas (there are 5 in a box) for the inevitable dose of Christmas snots. It didn't seem to work quite as well this time, but I think soothed her, and perhaps made her less chesty than she might have been.
I've still got a few tablets left from the 2nd pack, which will no doubt get in airing in the next few months!
My two year old seems to go from having one cough or cold to another, just recently. There's nothing worse than seeing little ones suffering with a chesty cough or blocked nose as they can be really miserable and can't understand why they feel so rough. I'm also reluctant to resort to giving medicines, particularly as the colds are so frequent and my little boy doesn't always take kindly to swallowing them either! After one particularly unsettled night, I sent my other half out to see if he could find something that would help to clear a two year old's blocked nose and help us all to get a better night's sleep. After asking the pharmacist in Superdrug for advice, he came back with something called a 'Vapour Plug' produced by the well-known Calpol brand, which is suitable for use with children over three months of age.
Like many parents, I have come to have confidence in Calpol through the years and hoped that this new product would provide quick and effective results. Rather than being a form of medicine that is ingested or applied topically, this is a plug-in product which releases a supposedly soothing vapour into the air. The product is similar to the concept of those plug-in air fresheners as the plastic contraption just slots in to a standard plug socket and uses the heat generated to release a vapour which '...contains a blend of aromatic oils including lavender, chamomile, menthol, camphor and eucalyptus.' The vapour itself is contained on individually packaged pads which are simply slotted into the plug so there are no messy liquids or other substances to deal with. The whole thing is easy to put together with clear and simple instructions and logical safety warnings. Along with the plug, five individual refill pads are supplied (with each one lasting up to 8 hours.) Refills are also available to buy seperately so there is no need to keep replacing the entire plug set, if this is a product that works for you.
This plug is designed for night-time usage (although it does say that it can be used day or night) and comes complete with a built-in nightlight. To be honest, I don't really understand the need for a nightlight in this sort of product, which is only likely to be used for relatively short periods whilst your child is suffering from a cold. If your little one needs a nightlight to settle then, realistically, you will already have one in regular use. My youngest doesn't usually have any lights on in his room and was a little distracted by the bright orange light that had suddenly appeared in his room. In fact, in the morning he had swung himself around in his cot completely - attracted to the bright light like a moth, I expect! Fortunately, the plug was sufficiently far away from his cot bars so that he couldn't actually reach it but positioning is certainly something to bear in mind where inquisitive little fingers are concerned. This might also be a limiting factor in the use of the vapour plug as most rooms only have a couple of plug sockets to choose from. The instructions advise that the fragrance will be stronger the closer the unit is to the child and also that the strength varies depending on the room itself and ventilation. My son's room is a little boxroom and he was very close to the plug as this was the only suitable socket. No surprise then that the aroma was particularly concentrated and was clearly noticeable within half an hour of turning the plug on.
As I said, the plug itself is very straightforward to use with easy to understand instructions and commonsense warnings and advice. The crucial thing is how effective the vapour is at clearing blocked noses. Sadly, I'm not able to announce the arrival of a miracle product here, folks. The vapour produced by this little plug was surprisingly strong, with a distinctive menthol aroma, reminiscent of Vicks's Vaporub. Despite the impressive array of different essential oils used in the pads, the menthol was clearly the predominant scent and I couldn't claim to smell anything else. I could smell this everywhere upstairs after just a couple of hours use and was hoping that the vapour was achieving grand results in my son's nose.
The product claims to 'soothe and comfort' and ease breathing but, much as I want to find a product that does this, I can't say that it really soothed my son or eased his breathing, certainly not to any great degree. Admittedly, the first night's use did result in a slightly better night's sleep for the family but it didn't appear to have any noticeable impact on my son's blocked nose and it didn't ease his chesty cough (presumably a result of all that extra mucus!) I used this again the following night but, to be honest, I found the scent so unpleasant and overpowering that I'm not convinced that any minimal improvements would justify continuing to use this. If I had noticed any real difference I would have been more than happy to put up with the unpleasant smell but I can't honestly say that this had any real effect at all.
If you'd like to give this a try, the plugs themselves are generally around £5.49 from Boots and other stockists, with the refills selling for around £4.50. Thankfully, we only paid £1.99 at Superdrug and I think it was well worth a try at that price although I'm not convinced that it achieved anything beyond distracting my little one with a bright light.