Topical Rub Helped Kids Sleep
Vicks VapoRub, which contains camphor, menthol and eucalyptus oils, has been shown to help ease symptoms of colds and upper-respiratory infections in children, and help them sleep. CNN reports that the new study was funded by the makers of Vicks, Procter & Gamble. Research involved 138 children ages 2 to 11 who were experiencing restless sleep, cough, congestion and runny nose. In the study, children who received VapoRub showed the most improvement and slept better. Other children in the study, who received a placebo of petroleum jelly or no treatment, also improved, but to a lesser extent. However, 20 of the 44 kids who received VapoRub suffered mild side effects like skin irritation and burning sensation of the nose or eyes. No side effects were reported among the other groups.