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Before I had tried the Vicks on my sons feet to help coughs, I had tried a couple of baby vapour rubs (as vicks is not suitable for under 2's) and Snufflebaby was one of them.
It is a vapour rub designed specifically for babies and young children and is not as strong as Vicks. It comes in a small clear tub and is a similar consistency, fragrance and colour to Vicks. It is prices under £2 and can be picked up from Tesco, Boots and Morrison's among others and is normally with the baby medicines
To use you simply apply to babies chest and back to help relive congestion. We found that it did work to help unblock our babies congestion, but the relief was short lived. Half way through the night he would wake up bunged up again and any trace of Snufflebaby was gone. But that was easy to rectify by simply applying some more. We also used it in some hot water in his room to prolong its effect.
Snufflebaby is a good product as there are not many Vapour-rubs out there suitable for the under two's and they get so many colds that anything that helps is a bonus. We have, since finding the Calpol Vapour Plug in not had to use the Snuffle baby as the plug in works much better, as dopes the Vicks on the feet trick. But for young babies who cannot use those Snufflebaby is a great product and I would recommend it!
WHAT IS IT?
A vapour rub for when your baby has got a blocked up nose.
HOW DO YOU USE IT?
You open the jar and rub the ointment on their chest and throat. You can put the ointment on a tissue also and put that near to where your baby is sleeping. You are not to use it for babies who are less than 12 weeks old because of their breathing not being stable enough.
WHAT I THINK
I think Snuffle Babe is a very good product for when your child is sick with a cold. It smells like Vicks ointment that adults use but the smell is not so strong and is very soothing. It is made of eucalyptus, menthol and thyme oils that have all been mixed together. It is greasy but has not stained her clothes or bedding.
My daughter is 17 months old and has had a cold so I have been using this on her chest, it is strong enough to stop her from being so blocked up but it is helping her to sleep at night because now her nose is clearer and she sleeps on her tummy now so I think that helps her to feel better. I use it at bedtime and through the day also to keep her comfortable until her cold has gone. She laughs when she sees me opening the pot because I think she likes the feeling of me rubbing this onto her chest and I think it reminds her about when I used to do baby massage for her.
I think this helps my daughter but when I had a cold and used it for me it did not have any effect so this is best for children.
Snuffle Babe costs about £2 but the pot lasts for a very long time and I think it is value because when your children are sick you will do anything to make them better.
5 Dooyoo Stars.
~*~*~ Snuffle Baby Vapour Rub ~*~*~
~ What is it? ~
This is a vapour rub product that can be used from 3 months +. It is used for snuffly babies/children when they are snuffly and full of the cold!
~ Why I bought it ~
I have four children and over the years they have had many colds and snuffles, of course I want to do everything I can to help them through these times and that is why I bought this.
I first bought it a few years ago and have bought it again since. I think the first time I bought this was for my now 6yr old as when he was little he was always full of colds and snuffles. I didn't want to use Vicks Vapour Rub as I find this quite strong so when I spotted this I thought it was ideal.
This is similar to Vicks but is much milder and more suited to little ones.
~ Using it ~
This is simple to use and just requires a little bit of the lotion to be rubbed into the chest/back/soles of feet.
You really do only need a little bit as babies are not very big are they?!
~ Overall ~
I paid around £2 for this from Boots and it is something I have bought time and time again, not because the pot doesn't last long but because I tend to loose them!
I apply it mainly before bedtime as I find that that is when it is mostly required as little ones tend to get more snuffly then longer they are laying down and then they get quite restless which isn't good for them, they end up grouchy and over tired the next day.
I apply a small amount to my sons back, to his chest and also on the soles of his feet, I then dress him in his vest and babygrow and find that he will get a good nights sleep.
Not only will a small pot last you ages, but it has a long shelf life too, at least a couple of years and providing you don't loose it like I do it will last you the duration of it's shelf life.
At this time of the year I always make sure I have all the childrens medicines stocked up so I never have to leave them without when I rush out to buy things and I have my pot of this from last year in the bathroom cabinet, it's been used on two occasions already this Autumn on my 6 yr old and 2 yr old and I will no doubt be relying on this over the coming months.
It's a good mild product that is ideal for children.
A good point to make would be that it can be irritating to sensitive skin, my children have suffered no ill effects due to this but I thought it would be worth a mention.
Thanks for reading :o) x
Every parent knows that a baby with a cold is an unhappy, unsettled baby therefore you don't have much fun as a parent either. They sleep badly and generally feel under the weather just like we do when we have a cold, the main difference being they don't know whats wrong just that they feel horrible and mummy can't make it better. Whilst going through a rough cold with my second daughter my mother in law bought this for her after me complaining about unsettled snotty nights.
As i had this purchased for me i don't know exactly how much my mother in law paid for it nor where she bought it from. That said since i've known about it i've seen it in numerous pharmacies as well as supermarkets in their cold and flu remedy section as well as the childrens medicine section.
Currently boots charge £2.55 for a 24gram tub of snuffle babe on their website, i don't think this a bad price at all and its well worth it if it works for your baby.
Snuffle babe is packaged in a card box with the snuffle babe logo as well as picture of the moon and stars. It also states that it is a vapour rub. Inside the box is a small tub much like a tub of vicks vapour rub and an instruction leaflet.
The instruction leaflet is easy to follow and has information on how to use the product, the ingredients and some warnings about who not to use on (infants under 3 months).
When you open the tub you will see the whitish transulent gel type vapour rub which is exactly like vicks in consistency and smells much like it but just weaker. I don't mind the smell of it at all but like most vapour rubs its their smell that makes them work to clear the airways.
There are 2 main ways to use the rub, it can be rubbed on the childs chest and throat directly on to the skin or put on a hanky or on to the clothes. For us it works much better rubbed directly onto the skin although it does leave a greasy residue on the skin.
For us snuffle babe worked really well in clearing my little ones nose enough for her to breathe alot easier and therefore get a much better nights sleep, for us both! I found that you only need a little of the rub for it to go a long way so a tub lasts a long time which makes it great value for money. If it makes my baby happier and more settled then i'm sold and once we run out of the current tub i will re purchase it.
Ingredients - Eucalyptus Oil 2.00 %, Menthol 1.5 %, Thyme Oil 0.50%, Soft white paraffin.
Don't apply onto any broken skin or directly on to the baby's nostrils.
Overall i've been really impressed with the quality of the product, and it works exactly how it should.
5 out of 5 stars.
I was looking in the children/baby medicine section in my local supermarket for something that was going to help with bunged up noses for my children. Having two children under the age of 4, and one in full time nursery, colds seem to be a part of everyday life for us. But I find it very difficult to get something that is suitable for both of them, and thats going to relieve blocked noses and problems with breathing, and be affordable.
What is Snuffle Babe?
Snuffle Babe is an ointment that helps relief stuffy and blocked noses in children. It contains eucalyptus oil, menthol, thyme oil.
Eucalyptus- is a decongestant and helps and soothes blocked noses.
Thyme oil-is antiseptic
Menthol-is a waxy product thats made synthetically or is taken from mint oils such as peppermint.
How do you use it?
Take a small amount of the rub and lightly massage onto upper chest and throat. Or you can place it on clothing or a hankerchief. It can be used on children from the age of 3 months.
What do I think of this product?
I think its great. I could use it on my daughter who was only a baby at the time and her older brother. It was easy to use, and although the smell is minty as you would expect, it wasnt overwhelming, and they both actually liked the fragrance and still do. I do have to be careful when I place it on my daughter as she has eczema.It doesnt irritate her skin at all, but I have to make sure Im not putting it onto already sore or broken skin for obvious reasons. Also, she is naturally a scratcher and likes putting her fingers all over the place so I make sure I dont put it on her neck, but on the chest area once her vest is on and she will struggle to get to it.
Please make sure you give your hands a really good wash after putting on children, as it will remain on it and you dont want to wipe your hands or handle food, as an example. So please be aware!
The consistency is similar to vaseline, but melts easily into the skin,leaving a thin layer on it. Althought the tub is very small ( 24g ) it does go along way as you only need a small amount. Small and easy enough to place in your bag or bathroom cabinet without taking up a hughe footprint.
I like the fact I can also use it on myself as it delivers the same result on me as it does on the children.
This was more cost effective than other brands ( ones specifically developed for children ). I did buy it such a long time ago so cant recall exactly how much it cost, but it was below the £2.00.
I would buy again, especially since its available in the main supermarkets, such as Asda, Morrisons.
We had a bit of a scare last year when Baby CrazyEgg got the snuffles. She had had a cold and I thought she was on the mend, but then noticed irregularities in her breathing. I was settling her down to sleep, reading her a story, and noticed when she drifted off that she would take three breaths, pause, grunt...three breaths, pause, grunt. The skin at the base of her throat seemed to be sucked in a lot before the grunt, and at that time I did not know what that was called. When I nudged her awake her pattern of breathing became more normal, but it was apparent that her cold was not better, in fact it was now interfering with her breathing. A call to the emergency services followed and a trip in an ambulance to hospital. Having gone almost a year with everything ticking along fairly well, this burst of drama was a real shock to the system. When the next cold came along we were better prepared: signs of respiratory distress to look for were subcostal and intercostal recession (depressions under and between the ribs when breathing), and tracheal tug (the skin sucking in at the base of the throat); our role was to keep airways open and secretions moist. To this end I purchased a number of products, one of which was the snuffle babe vapour rub.
I first heard of this vapour rub in a review on dooyoo. When I went out to buy a selection of cold remedies for babies, I was actually looking for Vick's vapour rub. I remember this being used on me as a child, and remember the soothing heat it produced when rubbed on my chest and the fact that it really did help unblock my nose. However, when I looked at the pack it said it was for ages two and above so it was not suitable. There was a separate section in Boots for children's medicines and that was where I found snuffle babe vapour rub, standing out from all the other boxes and tubs because of its bright white box with picture of a smiley moon on the front. It is suitable from age 3 months.
The tiny 24g tub of vapour rub contains a wonderfully aromatic product similar in appearance and texture to Vaseline. The active ingredients that make up this aroma are eucalyptus oil, menthol, and thyme oil. Together these ingredients relieve nasal congestion allowing baby to breath more easily and, as the happy moon picture implies, get a good, comfortable night's sleep too.
Use is easy: you simply rub a small amount onto baby's chest, probably after a bath (the warm moist air will also help relieve their symptoms). The only hazard here is that Baby may think it is a bit peculiar and rub their hand in it to investigate, and the pack is very clear that the product should not rubbed in eyes, obviously, nor should it be eaten. I found that I had to be extra quick in putting Baby CrazyEgg's pyjamas on to avoid difficulties. The product's base is white soft paraffin which is rubbed easily onto baby's skin, but does make vests stick a little, so take care not to get the proct on the outside of clothing as you put it on to Baby.
Alternatively the pack says that the vapour rub can be applied to a tissue or hanky in baby's clothing, but this to me seemed very hazardous for a baby as inquisitive as Baby C. Another suggestion is that is applied to a hanky and tied to the cot, but I prefer the notion of applying it directly to the chest so that the vapours can be regularly inhaled whichever way one turns.
I have used this product now on four or five occasions and it does seem to aid a restful night's sleep and unblock airways as promised. It is the only rub I have found suitable for this age group. A little goes a long way, and the tub I have does not expires until 2015, so very likely this is the only tub of it I will ever buy. The expiration date is a positive I would say, as the saline nasal spray we bought has to be discarded after six weeks of opening. You may wonder why I feel it is the snuffle babe vapour rub that worked for us rather than the nasal spray. It is because I could not get close enough to Baby C to use the spray. She is very suspicious of anything being poked up her own nose. Apart from her own finger of course.
Side effects are possible with this vapour rub- reddening of the skin, or a rash where the product has been applied. However, this was not something that we experienced. I would recommend this product as easy to use and effective for the under twos.
My 9 month old has just recently had his first ever cold, and it was awful! He could not sleep at all, he was waking up every half an hour, he just couldn't settle properly and it was killing me after 3 nights of no sleep! I picked this snuffle baby vapour rub up from Asda, for £2.50. I wanted something to help him breath easier, as he was really struggling with a blocked nose in the night, and the more worked up he got the worse it was.
This vapour rub comes in a tiny little pot, which is 24g. I am glad it comes in such a small pot, as I hate keeping things like this which have been used such as adult vicks, once a cold has gone, as I worry about germs being in it from your fingers! This pot is really small and cute, and it is excellent to keep in your handbag for whilst out and about it is so small, so very portable. It has a screw top white lid which young children would easily get off, so keep it out of their reach. The vapour rub inside is a cloudy white colour, and the pot is a clear glass, so you can see the product clearly and how much you have got left.
The vapour rub inside smells exactly like vicks. It contains Eucalyptus oil and Menthol just like Vicks does. The actual rub is like a cloudy white cream, but it isn't thick at all. It is really smooth but very greasy, but this makes it rub onto skin so easily. It really sits on top of the skin, it takes ages to soak in, but that's the idea of the vapour rub, so that it can be inhaled. It doesn't feel sticky, but does leave your hands so greasy.
I used this on my son as soon as I had got him off to sleep at around 7.30pm. I put him down in his cot to sleep, and I rubbed some of this product on his chest and part way up his throat, which is where the box says to apply this vapour rub. It just glides across his skin so easily, it is really nice to apply, and feels soft on your hands. It didn't wake him or stir him at all as it was so smooth and easy to smooth on his skin without disturbing him. I always check on him all night before I get in bed myself, and the vapour rub was still visible looking a bit greasy on his skin for a good few hours. I applied more when I went to bed at 10.30pm, and he only woke up once that night, around 4pm, which I think was because this vapour rub had worn off. He slept so much better, and you could hear his breathing was more clearer too, this vapour rub really helped him sleep much longer.
The box says this vapour rub can also be used on a handkerchief or tissue tied to your babies cot, so they can breathe in the vapours if you are worried about them touching it on their skin and rubbing it into their eyes. The tissue must be placed where they can't reach it to touch it though. This vapour rub did not cause any redness or skin irritation on my son's sensitive skin, he has eczema too on his chest sometimes, and it didn't bring his eczema out either.
I was really pleased with this vapour rub as the nights he had his cold and I used this, he slept so much better only waking up once or twice instead of every 30 minutes. It seemed to let him sleep much more calmer and more peaceful, and really helped him breath so much clearer, I wouldn't hesitate to buy this again for my son the next time he has a cold, it is so cheap at £2.50, and for us is now an essential item to go and buy at the first signs of a cold!
Snuffle Babe is a vapour rub aimed at children aged 3 months and over to help relieve little blocked noses.
All parents who have ever had a baby with a blocked nose understands how hard and distressing a blocked nose can be for a little one. It can stop them sleeping as they can't breathe properly and as babies need to breathe through their nose when they eat, it can stop them eating properly which makes a very upset baby, so Snuffle Babe is a handy product to have in for when your little one gets snuffly.
There are plenty of baby and children vapour rubs on the market, Snuffle Babe being one of the first and most popular ones. It contains three natural ingredients which aren't harmful to babies and children. These are Eucalyptus oil 2%, Menthol 1.5% and Thyme oil 0.5%. The reason Snuffle Babe is made for children is because adult vapour rubs include other natural oils that are too strong and sometimes harmful to children, especially babies.
It comes in a small box, and includes a 24g pot of vapour rub. The pot is plastic with a screw top lid. All instructions and ingredients are listed on the side of the box and again on the label of the pot. When you remove the lid, you can smell the rub straight away, which is just a menthol smell, but not overpowering. If you've ever had an adult vapour rub such as Vicks, then comparing them, you can tell it isn't as strong as them, which is a good thing for little ones noses!
Snuffle Babe is very easy to use, you simply rub a small amount onto your child's throat and chest. Remember to leave ned clothes loose around their chest so vapours can escape! The rub works by the body heat causing the oils to vaporise. If you don't want to apply to skin, your child is sensitive to the ingredients, or for any other reason, you can also add some rub to a handkerchief and tie onto your child's cot or bed out of their reach.
So, does it work?
For the past 6 weeks or so, my little boy who is is 7months old has had a snuffly nose on and off due to our silly weather. Snuffle Babe was one of the things I went straight out and bought as I'd used it for my daughter and it worked really well. I only use it at night time which I think a lot of people do with vapour rubs as it is quite strong smelling so you don't want baby smelling like menthol all day long. The logo to snuffle babe is a sleeping moon, so it is mainly aimed to use night.
I rub a small amount onto my sons chest and throat as he seems fine with it and I think this way works a bit better than putting it on a handkerchief near the cot. Since using it, he doesn't wake up as early with a blocked nose. He was waking around midnight struggling to breathe before I bought it, now he goes to his usual 6am. He still wakes snuffly at 6am as I don't expect it to work for 10-12 hours, but it help to keep him unblocked in his first few hours of sleep and helps him to breathe and sleep a lot better at night whilst snuffly.
So, in my opinion and experience, it does work with helping to unblock his little nose for a few hours at night, and if he does wake during the night blocked up, which is rare when ive applied it before bed, then it's fine to apply another small amount if you can't smell it anymore.
You can get Snuffle Babe from most chemists, supermarkets and I know most corner shops near me sell it, but depends upon where you live! It usually costs between £2 -£3 depending where you buy. Lloyds pharmacy currently have it for £1.70, usually £2.99! So, it isn't too expensive to buy and is widely available and easy to get a hold of.
Snuffle Babe isn't suitable for babies under 3 month so if your little one is younger, this isn't recommended, and you should see your doctor. Also, it isn't to be used if your child is allergic to any ingredients, or on broken skin, as you can machine, it would sting pretty bad.
So if your little ones nose is blocked, definitely give this a try, it's affordable and it's very long lasting as you only use a tiny amount at a time and it doesn't need to be thrown within so many days of opening, you can keep until the expiry date, which on mine is in three years, so handy if you have more than one child and regular colds occur. A great product to have in your medical cupboard!
When my little girl was very small and had a snuffly chest, there was very little I could do to help her and it made me feel awful. A friend suggested that I try Snuffle Babe Vapour Rub, explaining that it was like Vicks VapoRub for babies. So off I went to my local Thackers Pharmacy and bought a small pot for £1.95. The pot comes in a white box with multi coloured 'Snuffle Babe' and a moon on it, it's very sweet. The pot inside has a white lid and the main body is an opaque plastic.
Snuffle Babe is a waxy, mentholated rub like vaseline in consistency and vicks in terms of what it does and how it's used. It's obviously a lot lot less concentrated so the menthol scent doesn't overwhelm their little lungs. All you do is rub it onto baby's chest lightly and in circles after their bath or before bed. It provides a soft smell which soothes baby's snuffly nose and helps them breathe more easily and get a better night's sleep.
The good thing about Snuffle Babe Vapour Rub is that it lasts and doesn't really go off so you can use it every time baby gets a bit of a snuffle and you don't have to buy a new one every time. It's a lot better than trying to use baby Olbas which for me is harder to use and it's a lot safer in my opinion than a plug in vapouriser or giving too much medication to baby. I feel safe using Snuffle Babe Vapour Rub with my child and it works well so I do highly recommend it. For the money and the longevity it's a good buy and something that I'd recommend every parent keeps in their 'new baby' kit as they will be sure to need it at some point.
Five stars out of five for me, I recommend Snuffle Babe Vapour Rub :)
My girls were born in the autumn and were fortunate not to catch their first real colds until Christmas time. Luckily they were just 3 months as before this time you are very limited in the products available to help with the symptoms of a cold. As a new Mum I wasn't sure which products would work best and so often ended up at my local chemist asking for advice and buying a selection to try. On my visit to the chemist when my girls had their first cold I came back with this Snuffle Babe vapour rub. I am a great fan of my Vicks vapour rub when I've got a cold and so was hopeful that this baby version would help to clear my little one's blocked noses.
The vapour rub comes in a small 24g plastic pot with a screw lid. It is easy to open a and being plastic there is no risk to you or your baby if you drop it. The plastic pot comes in a cardboard box which tells you all you need to know, this information isn't on the pot itself so you need to keep the box for future reference.
Who is it suitable for?
It can be used on babies over 3 months, mine were just over this age when we first started using it and we never had any allergic reactions. The active ingredients are Eucalyptus oil, Menthol and Thyme oil and it advises you not to use if you know your baby is allergic to any of these ingredients.
How do you use it?
I have always rubbed this on their chests as directed on the box at bedtime, I also rub some into their sleeping bags so that they breathe in the vapours overnight. I find that the vapours are quite strong initially and despite currently having a bad cold myself at the moment I can still smell this. However I don't find that the vapours fill the room like when I use karvol oil or similar and as the girls have got older I have opted for stronger products than this one.
Price and availability
I bought mine in my local Lloyds chemist although I can not remember how much I paid. It is currently (November 2012) available from Amazon for £3.49.
Would I recommend?
Yes, this product is great for babies from 3 months. It is easy to use and the vapours help your baby to breathe more easily meaning more sleep for all!
It may be July, but me and my daughter have just recovered from huge colds. My daughter found it difficult sleeping so I asked my mum to drop round some vapour rub, she popped into Asda and picked up this Snuffle Babe vapour rub, I hadn't seen this brand before so was a little worried at how well it would work.
The vapour rub comes inside a white box with the product details on the back. You can tell that this product is designed for babies and small children due to the cartoon moon and tile letters on the front of the box. The jar inside is 24g and this will cost around the £2 mark.
After unscrewing the white lid you are instantly met with the menthol aroma of the rub. Looking at the rub it doesn't look very appealing as it is a dirty white colour, almost a musky grey. It has the same consistency of other vapour rubs, feeling greasy when you put your finger in it.
There are two ways of using this vapour rub, either smear a little of it onto a tissue and leave in the cot, which is probably the best way for smaller babies, or by rubbing a little rub onto the child's chest. I went for the latter option with my two year old daughter. After putting the rub on my daughter chest I found that she could breathe through her nose whilst she was asleep, thus giving us both a better night's sleep.
I also tried some of this rub after feeling the effects of our colds, however I didn't get the same results as my daughter. This vapour rub definitely isn't as intense as my usual Vicks rub that I normally use as I still had the blocked nose that had kept me awake several nights before.
I would definitely recommend purchasing a pot of this vapour rub for young children, it works well on their petite noses. However, if you are looking for a rub for the whole family, this isn't the one, it doesn't have any effect on me!
Snuffle Babe Vapour Rub comes in a cute little cardboard box with a picture of a moon on, inside the box is a 24g glass tub with a white screw top lid that is easy to use and does not leak.
The product is aimed a babies from 3 months upwards and aims to help your baby breathe when they have a cold. To use the product you rub a little on your baby's chest and throat or on handkerchief in clothing or tied to the cot. The vapours will then circulate upwards and can be inhaled during the night, hopefully giving you all a good night's sleep. The product should not be used on the face or around your babies nostrils and it could give rise to hypersensitivity so caution is advised and if you notice any strange reaction you should discontinue use and possible seek medical advice. As with all medicines, if symptoms persist then you should seek medical advice.
The product contains the following ingredients.
Eucalyptus Oil 2.00%ww
Thyme Oil 0.50%ww
White Soft Paraffin
I used Snuffle Babe on my son when he was around 5 months old, applying a small amount to his chest and also his back, I have never tried applying it to a handkerchief. I think it did help him breathe a bit better than without it, but overall he was not a big fan, I think it was a little strong for him, I found that it was quite greasy and after trying to use it for a few days, I gave up and resorted to using aromatherapy oils in a burner instead, which I believe worked more effectively.
I purchased the Snuffle Babe for around £2.50 in my local Waitrose. I would not recommend this product to others as I do not think it was very effective at all.
Snuffle babe is a vapour rub for babies. It is suitable for use on over 3 month olds. My daughter had a really bad cold recently and although I was using saline drops her nose was continuously blocked. In search of something to ease her discomfort I came across this and thought I'd give it a try.
Snuffle babe comes in a small clear pot so you can see the rub through it. It has a white label giving information about the products and the ingredients which are listed as Eucalyptus oil 2%, Menthol 1.5%, Thyme oil 0.5% and white soft paraffin. It smells like a weaker version of the adults vicks vapour rub.
You use snuffle babe by rubbing it on baby. Although it does state not to ingest so care should be taken to only rub it where baby can't get to it. You only need to use a tiny amount as a little goes a long way. The small pot cost me £2.50 from boots but I have only used a little bit so I believe it's good value for money as it will last a long time.
When using this in conjunction with the saline drops I noticed that my daughters nose was staying clearer for a longer period of time. It was by no means a miracle cure and she was still waking frequently but it seemed to give her some relief.
I recommend trying this product and seeing if it works for your little one. It is relatively cheap so worth a go even if it only provides a short relief period.
My daughter had a really bad cold last week and was feeling really miserable, she would fall asleep and then wake up crying as she couldn't breathe through her nose. I have always used Nasosal drops to clear her nose and I find them really good however her nose does become blocked again shortly afterwards. I haven't bought Vicks because I can't stand the smell I find it quite potent, I am also unsure if it is suitable for use on a baby so I went looking in Boots for an alternative. It was there I saw Snuffle Babe, it was described as an 'inhalation vapour ointment' and it only cost £2.30 so I thought I would give it a go.
The ointment comes in a small tub with a screw on lid a tub contains 24g. You can see the ointment through the tub it is a white colour. The box says that the rub is suitable for infants over 3 months, if you want to use it on a younger child you are advised to seek medical advice first.
The ointment is described as ' a topical ointment to relive nasal congestion' the ingredients are listed as Eucalyptus oil 2%, Menthol 1.5%, Thyme oil 0.5% and white soft paraffin.
As well as being an age warning on the box you are also advised not to apply to broken skin or around the nostrils. You are also advised that the side effects could include a skin rash or reddening of the skin.
You can use Snuffle Babe in two ways either by rubbing a small amount on the upper chest and throat or by applying a small amount to a tissue and placing it in the clothing or tying to the cot.
I apply this directly to my daughters chest. The first time I used this I was suprised at the smell, it is very mild, the smell reminds me of Olbas Oil. The ointment itself has the consistency of Vaseline. You only need a really small amount as a little goes a long way. The box advises you to leave your childs clothing loose to allow the vapours to be emitted during the night.
After using this I noticed as soon as my daughter lay down to sleep her nose didn't sound as blocked. She also slept for a longer stretch during the night. She still woke up a few times due to her temperature but this helped her to sleep more comfortably. I would definately recommend this again, it works but the smell isn't too overpowering. It is also great value for money as a little goes a long way, you only need a tiny amount.
When my eldest daughter was a baby she got her first cold at just over 3 months old and so being a new mother and not too sure what I could do for her I went to our local chemist for some advice. One of the things the chemist suggested using for her was Snufflebabe. Snufflebabe currently costs £2.20 for a 42g tub.
Snufflebabe comes in a white box which has snufflebabe written on the top in white lettering and each letter is on a different coloured tile across the box, there is also a moon asleep with a smile on it's face with a dark blue background and a couple of stars. I think the packaging is very effective, it stands out really well and it draws in your attention. The bos tells you that this product is suitable for babies over 3 months old.
The active ingredients in snufflebabe are, Eucalyptus Oil (2.0%ww), Menthol (1.5%ww) and Thyme Oil (0.5%ww).
Inside the box the product comes in a small glass jar with a white screwtop lid on it, on opening the lid you can smell the menthol vapours. The product itself is a mucky white/grey in colour and is really thick and greasy, to use put a small amount on your fingers and then rub into your babies chest and back for relief from stuffed up noses.
I found that snufflebabe worked well for my daughter and she copuld get a good nights sleep which was great for us however when I tried the same product with my younger daughter whop was one last year when she had a cold we found that it didn't work quite so well and she needed something a little bit stronger so we ended up with Karvol. I would say this is a great product for young babies but found it not so much for babies a little bit older. I will rate this four stars as it is a really good product but it is greasy which is a horrible feeling on your skin and it doesn't always have the desired effect.
To be applied to upper chest and throat to help clear cold and nasal congestion.