A new study says the cold remedy Vicks VapoRub may cause airway inflammation and can restrict breathing in infants and toddlers.
Doctors at Wake Forest University conducted the research. It began after they treated an 18-month-old girl for severe respiratory distress when the product had been put directly under her nose to relieve cold symptoms. The team published their findings in the January issue of the medical journal Chest.
Proctor & Gamble manufactures the product. They say it is safe and effective when used according to package directions.