Not fun to start the week with a snotty 1 year old. Mucus galore, that irritates the toddler’s back of the throat and hello cough.
What do we reach for next? Sterimar, Iladin and that familiar chest rub in the medicine cabinet. The one that contains petroleum jelly.
Petroleum jelly is a byproduct of petroleum and can create the illusion of moisturized, hydrated skin. It has water-repelling properties and is not water-soluble (you will find that it is difficult to wash off your hands and require a fair bit of soap to remove it). This water-repelling property helps to seal a barrier so that moisture do not leave the skin.
Well, it doesn’t feel like something I would want to apply on my toddler’s skin.
We were quite happy when we tried the Little Innoscents Vapour Balm.
Firstly, it doesn’t contain petroleum jelly. It is oily but it washes off easily under water and a small blob of soap.
Secondly, it smells awesome. It is not too spicy and is soothing whether as a chest rub or a massage balm. The kids sometimes want a massage and I’ll apply some of the vapour balm to help calm them before bedtime. It has worked so well for us to ease their blocked noses and cough too!
Thirdly, it is suitable for newborns. When my second and third child were born, they did catch a cold when they were a few weeks old, no thanks to their older brother who would ‘generously’ share his germs with his siblings. Really thankful to have something that I could easily apply on the then babies to ease their discomfort!
You can find out more about the Vapour Balm here: