Vicks VapoRub may cause problems for infants, toddlers

NEW YORK, N.Y. (CBS) -- A new study says the cold remedy Vicks VapoRub may cause airway inflammation that can restrict breathing in infants and toddlers.

Conducted by doctors at Wake Forest University, the research began after they treated an 18-month-old girl for severe respiratory distress after the product had been put directly under her nose to relieve cold symptoms.

A team lead by Dr. Bruce K. Rubin published their findings in the January issue of the medical journal Chest.

Proctor & Gamble manufactures the product and says "Vicks VapoRub has been a trusted name in over-the-counter medications. Vicks VapoRub has a long-standing history of being safe and effective when used according to package directions."

Doctor Michael Bye of Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of New York Presbyterian/Columbia Medical Center says "When it's used further down on the chest for example, it would be less likely to cause those adverse effects, the chemicals getting into the airway would be much lower. "


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