Is there anything worse than watching your little one struggle with a cold or flu?

The stuffy nose, the constant coughing, the watery eyes, the burning fever, the cries of pain that continue throughout the night … it’s enough to make any mum’s heart ache.

We’ve all been there. And we’ve probably all spent hours googling ways to help our kids when a cold or flu strikes them down. But before you reach for the blankets, the humidifier and the eucalyptus oil, find out the facts and myths behind some of the common cold and flu remedies.

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Children’s Cold and Flu Myths BUSTED! 

Myth 1:  Dress your tot warmly to help “sweat out” a cold

Yes, you can sweat it out at the gym after a bad day. But no amount of warm clothing or fuzzy blankets will help your little one sweat out a cold. Many kids love blankets when sick for the comfort level, but adding an extra layer won’t make those germs go away any quicker.

Myth 2:  Feed a cold and starve a fever

It’s not uncommon for kids to lose their appetite when under the weather. But this doesn’t mean you should stop offering foods. Keep your little one hydrated with plenty of fluids. If your child is hungry, feed them. Soups, toast and crackers are three good options to try that are easy to digest.

Myth 3:  Avoid dairy if you’re sick

You may have heard that dairy makes your phlegm thicker. But this isn’t the case at all! Some kids actually ask for milk, cheese and yoghurt when they are sick as they are soothing to the throat. And little ones will often require extra breast feeds when sick. So don’t limit their dairy intake, even if they are stuffed up. Try a vaporizer to help ease congestion and excess phlegm instead.

Myth 4: Cold temperatures can make you sick

Sorry Grandma, but cold weather does not bring on a cold. Colds and flus come from viruses often in other humans and on surfaces, not in the cold air.

Myth 5: Humidifiers help treat colds

While ‘Cool Mist’ humidifiers are useful for allergies and dry environments, they don’t do anything to help cold and flu symptoms.

Only warm steam helps clear congestion, and only one product does this – a Warm Steam Vaporiser. 

Warm steam relaxes the throat muscles, loosens congestion, eases the cough reflex, soothes a sore throat and helps keep your little one sleeping comfortably.

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So what’s the difference between a Humidifier, Diffuser and Vaporizer?

All of them release a substance into the air. Diffusers release an essential oil that can make your house smell pretty.  Humidifiers release a cool mist that can help relieve allergies.

But only vaporizers release a warm steam, specially designed to help clear congestion and alleviate symptoms associated with colds and flus. Learn more about the differences between the two as we delve deeper into the differences between humidifier vs vaporizer here.

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Ease Cold and Flu Symptoms Naturally With Vicks Steam Vaporizer 

If you are on the hunt for a vaporizer, then a Vicks Steam Vaporizer is an excellent choice.

A Vicks Steam Vaporizer is:

  • Ideal for every member of the household, from your sniffling husband to your itty bitty newborn
  • Comes with the trusted Vicks name and a 5-year warranty
  • Includes ‘family friendly’ features such as 25% cooler steam and an automatic shut-off
  • Can be used with Vicks VapoSteam Inhalant 
  • Perfect for overnight as it can run for a full 14 hours 
  • Offers a gentle, non-medicated, all-natural way to relieve cold and flu symptoms

You can pick yours up at Terry White Chemmart, Pharmacy4 Less and other pharmacies.

When your child is sick, it’s often hard to know what to give them and how to make them better. This is another reason we love the Vicks Warm Steam Vaporizer. 

No ifs, ands, buts or myths attached.

Watch on below as we share why we turn to a vaporizer every time when sickness hits our house!

Relieve Winter Coughs and Sniffles with Vicks Warm Steam Vapor…

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Posted by Mum Central on Friday, August 4, 2017

 


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Here’s your chance to WIN a Vicks Warm Steam Vaporizer & VapoSteam Inhalant.

Valued at $89 each, we have 6 prize packs to give away to Mum Central readers.

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Born and raised in Canada, Jenna now lives in Far North Queensland with her tribe, including her son, daughter, cat, dog and partner. When she's not writing, you can find her lounging by the pool, watching princess movies, frolicking on the beach or nagging her kids to put on their pants.

192 Comments

  1. My first bub is due in 2 months, so will get ALOT of use of it over the years to come. I love that it can run for 14 hours!

    • Danielle Bailey Reply

      I love that the Vicks warm steam vaporiser can be used overnight. It can last a full 14 hours, which is just amazing. I would love to win because I have a daughter who is constantly congested and has snoring issues. She is on the public hospital waiting list for a sleep study.

  2. I love the fact you can leave it on all night and really help with clearing the congestion. I have 5 kids and one who gets really sick in winter and would love to be able to literally set and forget for the night

  3. I need this in my life. A non-medicated and natural way to help relieve cold and flu symptoms? Yes please! My daughter needs this. She always gets a winter cold no matter what I do and it causes so many restless nights for us both. Clearing the congestion so she can breathe easier and sleep better would be a godsend

  4. Patricia Comer Reply

    Wow non medicated help for the whole family. Hubby suffers badly after a broken nose as a teenager every year with hay fever and the cold and flu season. OMG the noise my man makes in the morning trying to breath is enough to bring a wild animal on heat! He is constantly blowing and even gives himself headaches. Save him and my sanity and help him to breath easily all year round. !4 hours a day/ night, yes that will cover his sleep ins too ha. and stop him complaining EVERY morning about the lack of sleep. VICKS please Stop the man flu! at our place.

  5. I love that the Vick’s vaporiser is a gentle non medicated relief for colds and flus and congestion for the whole family.

  6. The best feature for me, would be the automatic shut-off.
    When caring for sick little ones,, the last thing you need to worry about is the safety of your appliances. Great idea. Thank you.

  7. the automatic shut-off; I stress about leaving things on, so that feature is perfect for me. I would love to win one for my SIL who is pregnant with her first bub; we already have this exact one and it’s been a god send, so I would love to win and pass it on.

  8. I’ve been wanting to buy a vaporiser for a while, I struggle with congestion from hayfever and so far the only relief I get is from Nasal spray which I hate using so often! Would be great to have a safe vaporiser to use with my new Bub also

  9. I love that it is gentle, all natural & non- medicated way of getting rid of cold & flu symptoms for the whole family.

  10. I love EVERYTHING about this natural pain reliever and health remedy but let’s be honest – mum brain is alive and well here so the automatic shut off would be amazing!

  11. The BEST features are the ‘automatic shut-off’, can be used with Vicks VapoSteam Inhalant and
    perfect for overnight as it can run for a full 14 hours . Can’t ask for any more when down with a cold and sniffles.

  12. My son gets so congested during the night and the fact that the Vicks VapoSteam Inhalant can run for 14 hours is a clear winner. My son will be less congested and will fall asleep more easily.

  13. I love that it can be used for every family member, from my youngest to the hubby with man flu. It’s so versatile and truly helps a congested child sleep better at night. I loved mine that much I leant it to my neighbour and she loved it that much she kept it 🙁

  14. as i suffer badly from sinus/hayfever in winter this does the trick with helping me clear congestion, and only one product does this – a Warm Steam Vaporiser.

  15. There are so many features I love about this amazing machine! The natural steam therapy to relieve congestion without oral medication is a great alternative and the automatic shut off means I’m I can be at peace with it running unsupervised. Every family member from baby to Grandpa will benefit from this warm steam vaporizer and I can’t wait to try it out!

  16. I love the tempered vapor feature (warmed) which greatly helps relieve cough and congestion symptoms and provides a natural, safe and effective therapy to help relieve symptoms by adding war moist vapor into the air.

  17. Indria Purnamasari Reply

    I like how it can run for 14 hours and also has features of automatic shut off, very flexible indeed. Having this will come very handy when one of us sick and I bet it will become my hubby’s favourite cause he’s very miserable when he’s sick lol.

  18. Cristina Sandona Reply

    I love this can be used for the whole family and can run for upto 14 hrs. We have just had the flu run through our whole house hold and had the cool mist running… to find out that was the wrong thing and we needed warm mist to actually help us all is very helpful.

  19. Sally Baker Reply

    I love that the Vaporizer runs for up to 14 hours straight because my kids can sleep up to 12 hours a night especially when sick. The cut off feature when the water runs low is great, it gives me peace of mind and will allow me to sleep without worrying. The 5 year warranty is amazing too!

  20. i love the way it can run for twenty four hours and comes with a automatic shutoff, this would be great for my grandson who suffers from asthma

  21. Tiarna Stafford Reply

    Ahhh this would be perfect for my household! I have a three year old petite boy who is underweight and constantly congested! I also have a six month old boy who seems to suffer from congestion also! We live in a rural community where red dust and wheat dust are rife! This makes life hell! If I were chosen his machine would definitely get a work out!!!

  22. I love that it is ALA NATURAL! Good for the family and the environment its a WIN WIN!!!!

  23. Cindy Nickels Reply

    The ‘family friendly’ features such as 25% cooler steam and an automatic shut-off.

  24. MELISSA RYAN Reply

    Love that’s its a gentle, non-medicated, all-natural way to relieve cold and flu symptoms

  25. lily goodwin Reply

    As a single mum i can only afford an older rental house. I have s 9 week old and at the moment we are currently experiencing our first cold together. This prize would help us both so much to get through this sniffly period and provide my new born with some releif with steam therapy.

  26. With six of us in the house, I like that the vaporiser is a great way to treat the whole family

  27. I would love to win this! We live on a dirty road and with 2 huskies we have so much Dust going through our house. Both my husband and i suffer from allergies all through out the year, not jus change of seasons, so this will help with our allergies!

  28. I love the Vicks works in the background as a non-medicated way to relieve congestion in our family!

  29. Have always loved Vicks. Always use Vicks for colds and flu. Totally need a vaporizer for my son.

  30. Sniffles and snuffles make bottle feeding very tiring for very sick bubs. It’s hard to suckle and breathe so having a soothing calm room where breathing is easy makes a huge difference. Keeping fluids up to a sick baby made much easier.

  31. Mark Agapiou Reply

    This would really help when my son is congested and allow him to have a comfortable sleep.

  32. Perfect for my toddler who is wheezing through the night as he hasn’t mastered blowing his nose

  33. Bree Mccumber Reply

    Favourite thing about the vaporizer is the automatic cut off feature when the water runs out. Gives peace of mind that my baby is safe.

  34. I love the fact it can run for a full 14 hours! That means no getting up in the middle of the night to top it up. I also love the security of it coming with a 5 year warranty that’s a huge and offered peace of mind to me knowing that if something goes wrong it should be covered under the warranty.

  35. I love that it can be used for every member of the household not just the little ones, but is suitable for kids under 2. It has the trusted Vicks name, and it’s all natural. What more could you want.

  36. I love that the Vicks steam vaporizer is suitable for the whole family and gentle enough for a newborn. The fact that it can run for 14hours is excellent, it can continuously be on for the whole night whilst bub is sleeping and i can relax knowing that they are getting some relive throughout the night.

  37. allirra mcgreevy Reply

    I love how my kids sleep so much better during the night and wake up so less congested and yucky when theyre sick, would love a 2nd so we can stop sharing.

  38. I like that is specifically designed for winter to help relieve cold and flus. With my little at daycare and picking up anything and everything this would be perfect for our household

  39. Dianne Bell Reply

    7 weeks and counting for my 17 month old toddlers cold. This comp made me eyes literally light up. I love that it can run all night but most of all it’s Vicks which I trust and use their balm for her at night on her feet and chest. Not adding any medicine to her system is a huge plus too. I didn’t know that cold mist is no good so thank you very much for your all informative article. Really enjoyed this and hope to win the Vick’s Warm Steam Vaporizer and help her beat her cold!

  40. Bree Pawlasty Reply

    I have only heard great things about the Vicks Vaporizer, I love the fact of getting some of that yucky mess out of your body as it painfully annoying having to have a blocked or running nose! Last time i got sick with a cold I had the worst running nose ever. I was running around at home with a tampon up my nose for relief no word of a lie ( it works)

  41. Nicole Armstrong Reply

    I love that the Vicks Vaporizer can run overnight while the children sleep. They can receive an extra boost while their bodies are already at rest.

  42. I love that the Vicks Warm Steam Vaporiser helps in relieving congestion and above all else, rhe most important function.

  43. Catherine McCreilly Reply

    Would love this for my 1st baby due this month. Help in the winter months especially being a new born. Love the natural steam feature

  44. Love that it aides in relief for the whole family for over 14 hrs. Helping children and family to breathe easy, allowing us all to get some sleep at night

  45. Natasha Hammill Reply

    With a toddler who gets wheezy when he is sick, it would be great to treat the congestion before it becomes a problem.
    Such a terrible thing watching your little one struggle to breath properly and the hospitals are always so busy with such long wait times

  46. Angela Brown Reply

    I first purchased a vicks vaporizer in 2009 and sadly it died only a month ago. Most of May this year was spent in hospital with our 6 month old twins catching every flu virus going around. Doctors reccomended the warm steam to relieve broncholitis thats left. So I would so so love to be selected as a winner to replace my faithful vaporizer.

  47. julie morton Reply

    the fact it can run overnight giving my children healthy breathable air to breathe in,fantastic for winter when have colds

  48. Emily Robinson Reply

    Automatic shutoff is my favorite feature because baby brain has made me so forgetful!

  49. Maria Gillies Reply

    I love the fact that it has an automatic cut-off switch so that if you are running it through the night and it runs low on water, it switches off!! I would love to win the VICKS Vaporizer because it can be utilized by the the whole family! Would make a great pressie for first time parents, parents who have everything and just a great gift to give!!

  50. I love that it’s a natural way to ease congestion. Sounds great for my young sons who have repiratory issues and always catching colds!

  51. The 5 year warranty and the automatic shut off are both winners for me. I have been through 2 vaporisers in the last few years. Both have blown up weeks after after their 12 month warranty runs out! Both were gifted from my mother in law but neither were the Vick’s brand and it goes to show as now I don’t have any!

  52. sharon mcnair Reply

    Everyone in the family gets sick at different times of the year with colds and flu and I like how the vaporiser can relieve the kids quicker so they don’t miss too much of school

  53. My favourite feature is the automatic shut off – it means we can all sleep easy knowing there won’t be any danger if it runs out overnight!

  54. I love that it is compact enough to make it quick & easy to transfer between different rooms in the house and also the ability to have it running overnight knowing that it also has the automatic shut off when it reaches the 14 hours.

  55. Ideal for every member of the household, from your sniffling husband …this is what I love about it, plus the auto shutoff.

  56. Kylie Overstone Reply

    I love the smell of Vicks in the air even without a cold and the fact you can run it all night 14 hours straight.

  57. I love the smell of Vicks in the air even without a cold and the fact you can run it all night 14 hours straight.

  58. As an person that suffers from Asthma mostly during cold winter nights, this would be a great night relief for me from these symptoms, that the warm mists lasts for up to 14 hours with a automatic shut-off, I need this in my life now!!!! I am definitely going to consider at least 1 or 2 of these asap

  59. Kodie McMullen Reply

    I love that i can be used for the whole family not just the baby and that it automatically shuts off you don’t have to worry about it running dry

  60. Alise Headlam Reply

    The brand Vicks holds up, my parents have one that has to be at least 20yrs old from when I was a kid. The new ones 14hr run time is what sells it for me

  61. Danni-elle M Reply

    I have a 12 week old who is very congested at night, particularly on the cooler evenings. I love that this has the automatic shut off feature so I can leave it running all night and not have to worry about shutting off myself.

  62. Juliane Gold Reply

    I have tried many different diffusers ( even expensive ones) but none of them really helped for cold and flu with my baby but just 1 day sleeping at my friends house that has the Vick vaporizer and my baby woke up better. I am really keen to have a Vick vaporizer now.

  63. Mandy Graham Reply

    I love that the Vaporizer runs for up to 14 hours straight. Perfect for my asthma and constant runny nose.

  64. Tania Karner Reply

    I really like how it automatically shuts off when it is empty, and how it is a large night light as well.

  65. It gives me peace of mind knowing that my little ones are having a good night sleep and being decongested at the same time, nothing is worse than a blocked nose at bed time!

  66. I think the question should be what’s not to love! It seems to really meet every requirement, but to choose one thing I’d say that it runs for a full 14 hours, as ones I’ve had in the past don’t which is a real pain.

  67. Automatic shut off – my daughter has an underdeveloped right lung and the automatic shut off means I have the confidence to put her to sleep getting the benefits from the vaporizer and rest easy knowing we won’t have problems if I forget to check the water level before heading to bed myself.

  68. Kerry Howitt Reply

    Vicks has been a staple go to in our house for many years. Having a little one in the family who seems to catch every cold and sniffle he comes into contact with the Vicks Vaporizer would be another weapon to help ease his congestion.

  69. I bought one of these and was awesome for kids when have colds and congestion, and coughs/croup, which can linger for months. Great to help get some sleep. For some reason after a bit everytime I would plug in would trip the circuit breaker and would not work. Would love another!

  70. Christie Majorek Reply

    These units are AMAZING for children with colds/flu’s AND croup!!! I have an old Vick’s vaporiser that I just couldn’t go without!
    My children love their vaporiser and ask for it at the first sign of a sniffle. The Vick’s products are a favourite in our household and an absolute necessity. We desperately need a new unit to combat the arguments over who gets to use the unit overnight please!!!!

  71. Richard Harrison Reply

    Love that I don’t have to worry about shutting it off, have left these things running for days on end before!

  72. Sheree Pallis Reply

    Vicks is the go-to in our home,
    If even the slightest cold symptoms shown,
    Never owned a Vaporizer – I’ve got FOMO bad,
    I’m sure its the best steam therapy we’ve ever had!

  73. We’ve all been suffering from sniffles & coughs lately. A Vicks Steam Vaporizer is exactly what we need to combat these ills! It’s great that it can run overnight & has automatic shutoff – one less thing for me to worry about turning off!. I’m sure our cats will investigate it thoroughly, too 🙂

  74. I love the fact that this product is gentle and non invasive and doesn’t have all the nasties that cold and flu medicine usually contains – Perfect for little babies!

  75. Lesley Olariu Reply

    I have trusted Vicks since I was a child as a safe, soothing remedy for cold, flu and allergy symptoms.

  76. julie riley Reply

    I love that it can go for 14 hours great for when everybody is sick

  77. Melanie Hammond Reply

    This has been on my shopping list for weeks but I just haven’t been able to afford one yet ☹️

  78. I like that it works for 14 hours! Awesome, plus I love that its a natural remedy first and foremost.

  79. Hayley Bannister Reply

    I love that this vaporiser is specially for colds as a lot of ‘mist’ machines don’t actually help colds. I also like that the steam is warm so there’s no risk of burning curious little hands.

  80. I love that it’s non-medicated, all natural and can have it running for up to 14 hours.
    I’d love to win this because, no matter what I try my 2 children a constantly getting sick.

  81. Having a non-invasive way to help with keeping my little one breathing easier in the night would be amazing and I’m sure would help us all get a better nights sleep

  82. Mary Preston Reply

    Fabulous that the Vicks Steam Vaporizer can be run for 14 hours over night. Help everyone get a better night’s sleep.

  83. Nicole Williams Reply

    Love that is a natural steam therapy and can run for 14 hours – to ensure a full nights sleep for my child

  84. Linda Pepper Reply

    My favourite feature is the bacteria free steam. Its great knowing that when your little one is sick and having troubles breathing that they are breathing in clean air. Also love that it comes with a night light. Perfect to attend to your little one without having to turn a light on. The automatic shut off is also a winner

  85. Meaghan Mack Reply

    As a medical professional and mum, I want to give my family the best which is why I would love to win the Vicks Steam Vaporizer. Vicks is a leading brand and the safety features like the automatic shut-off, bacteria free steam plus the cooler steam to avoid scalding means that I have peace of mind that I can help my family through the cold and flu season without the risks of traditional vaporisers.

  86. The feature that I love the most is that is perfect for the whole family. This weather has been horrible for colds so love that it’s safe for everyone to use.

  87. Lara Haynes Reply

    Love it can run for 14 hours, automatically shuts off steam is warm not hot so love that it is safe with 2 little ones

  88. I love that it can be used for the whole family. I also love the smell of Vick’s products!

  89. Maygan Ross Reply

    Love ours, would love to be able to gift this one to someone i know. I know they would love it

  90. The best and most effective way to help with congestion naturally when our little ones are struggling to sleep.

  91. My favourite feature about the vaporiser is the automatic shut off. Euky bear doesnt offer this feature so if i dont win this I know for sure I will buying a vicks brand vaporiser.

  92. the best feature would be the automatic shut off system of the vicks vaporiser as you don’t need to worry about the water getting dry in the vaporiser which might create burns or fire even if the machine is left plugged on.

  93. I have 2 kids and winter is full of colds. I love the safety features for the family. Automatic shutoff and 25% cooler steam are very safe features for the children’s rooms.

  94. Bubs has had 2 colds in the last month. A vaporiser sounds like a good idea right now!

  95. A family favourite when we feel under the weather
    Rain hail or shine
    This will turn our frown upside down

  96. I love how you can keep it running all night and don’t have to worry about turning it off.

  97. I love that the vicks steam vaporizer runs overnight – this is when cold symptoms feel the worst! I’d love to give this a try to keep the whole family healthy.

  98. Kim Featherstone Reply

    The ‘family friendly’ features such as 25% cooler steam and an automatic shut-off are wonderful features as I have young children, so safety is a must. Auto shut off is great for a busy, quite often forgetful mum

  99. blake haugen Reply

    Perfect for overnight as it can run for a full 14 hours. The automatic shutoff is the best for me !!

  100. The 5 year warranty is awesome, peace of mind that i am buying a quality product.

  101. No dousing up with medication required! Love to go the natural way when I can.

  102. This always helped when I was younger, now with my own son it is a life and sleep savour hun our household.

  103. Will be great for all year round as colds are caught in hotter months and colder and prefer a natural way to get some relief for all the family

  104. I love that Vicks is such a trusted brand for my whole family. A fourteen hour capacity means that I won’t have to get up in the middle of the night anymore to check my kids rooms. This prize would mean so much to me living in Tasmania we are often subject to cold and flu season.

  105. The auto shut off is great; can leave it on all night without having to worry about it!

  106. Tracey Dempsey Reply

    I love that the vicks warm vaporizer is a trusted brand and name that i have always used.

  107. My newborn keeps on catching colds from her 2 year old brother. I love that the vicks vaporiser omits warm steam to clear congestion and helps with her nose breathing.

  108. My 9 month old daughter has been sick now for two months and this could really make a difference, as I’ve tried almost everything else with no results.

  109. Shannen Burns Reply

    I love that it is a natural way to treat cold and flu symptoms! It will be perfect for my 2.5 year old & 3 month old when they are unwell.

  110. Being able to feel better without being drugged up to the eyeballs sounds like a much better way to get through the Winter bugs! Also, being able to run it for the full night will give you a great nights sleep while you are healing.

  111. My little one is sick at the moment and finding it hard tl beathe. With such a congested bub I worry even more about sids (4months). This is such a healthy way to help her breathing for a good nights sleep and peace of mind.

  112. Leonie Jayne Nanotti Reply

    I love that it can be on all night to help breathing and therefore promote sleep

  113. Melissa Zammit Reply

    I love the 14 hour run time meaning if we are all sick I don’t have to be 17tg up out of bed in the middle of the night to turn the vaporiser back on, I love that it’s safe to use for the whole family too

  114. I love that it releases a warm mist to relieve congestion, a major sleep disrupting issues in this sick household!

  115. Dorothy Lee Reply

    I love the fact that the Vicks Steam Vaporizer offers a gentle, non-medicated, all-natural way to relieve cold and flu symptoms. This is edpeviallyni have as young toddler and I prefer to use natural method to relieve his cold symptoms when he is unwell. Other plus points are that i can leave it on for overnight and its automatic shutoff.

  116. Christine Dattilo Reply

    My 10yr old daughter will be coming home from hospital soon and she recently had pneumonia so the vicks vaporizer would be perfect for her. My favourite feature is you can safely have it running overnight without having to worry about it and checking on it constantly.

  117. Nicole Voice Reply

    I love that it is perfect for the whole family and it can run overnight!

  118. Anna Amoroso Reply

    The fact it lasts all night means we’ll get a good nights rest without feeling congested. Winner!!

  119. adrienne Harries Reply

    can be left on over night
    turns off safely what a delight
    water lasts 12 hours or more
    these are features I will adore

  120. We all need as much rest as possible when kids are sick so knowing it runs up to 14 hours is fantastic and the 5 year warranty whoo hoo!

  121. Charlene SB Reply

    I love the smell of vicks, it is instantly soothing. The fact that it goes for 14 hours is amazing!. We currently wait until our girls bedtime to put our old cool steam vaporizer on so it will last the night. This will cover from dusk till after dawn when it is needed the most.

  122. I love that they’re safe for use with kids, great for putting in their rooms, use warm steam and can run for 14 hours

  123. I love my vicks vaporizer and I’ve been sharing mine with my sister as my nieces have asthma and keep getting croup, i would love to win so i can give her her very own to keep, a necessity in every household

  124. I love that the vicks steam vaporizer provides a natural steam therapy and can be used for the whole household for as long as 14 hours meaning we could all get a better night sleep!

  125. Jodie Fitzgerald Reply

    We would love this for my two munchkins.

    Our last humidifier died last month after 5 years in my sons room.

    They’re amazing and so good for the kids.

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    Children’s Cold and Flu Myths BUSTED Plus Win a Vicks Steam Vaporizer

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    Is there anything worse than watching your little one struggle with a cold or flu?

    The stuffy nose, the constant coughing, the watery eyes, the burning fever, the cries of pain that continue throughout the night … it’s enough to make any mum’s heart ache.

    We’ve all been there. And we’ve probably all spent hours googling ways to help our kids when a cold or flu strikes them down. But before you reach for the blankets, the humidifier and the eucalyptus oil, find out the facts and myths behind some of the common cold and flu remedies.

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    Children’s Cold and Flu Myths BUSTED!

    Myth 1: Dress your tot warmly to help “sweat out” a cold

    Yes, you can sweat it out at the gym after a bad day. But no amount of warm clothing or fuzzy blankets will help your little one sweat out a cold. Many kids love blankets when sick for the comfort level, but adding an extra layer won’t make those germs go away any quicker.

    Myth 2: Feed a cold and starve a fever

    It’s not uncommon for kids to lose their appetite when under the weather. But this doesn’t mean you should stop offering foods. Keep your little one hydrated with plenty of fluids. If your child is hungry, feed them. Soups, toast and crackers are three good options to try that are easy to digest.

    Myth 3: Avoid dairy if you’re sick

    You may have heard that dairy makes your phlegm thicker. But this isn’t the case at all! Some kids actually ask for milk, cheese and yoghurt when they are sick as they are soothing to the throat. And little ones will often require extra breast feeds when sick. So don’t limit their dairy intake, even if they are stuffed up. Try a vaporizer to help ease congestion and excess phlegm instead.

    Myth 4: Cold temperatures can make you sick

    Sorry Grandma, but cold weather does not bring on a cold. Colds and flus come from viruses often in other humans and on surfaces, not in the cold air.

    Myth 5: Humidifiers help treat colds

    While ‘Cool Mist’ humidifiers are useful for allergies and dry environments, they don’t do anything to help cold and flu symptoms.

    Only warm steam helps clear congestion, and only one product does this – a Warm Steam Vaporiser.

    Warm steam relaxes the throat muscles, loosens congestion, eases the cough reflex, soothes a sore throat and helps keep your little one sleeping comfortably.

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    So what’s the difference between a Humidifier, Diffuser and Vaporizer?

    All of them release a substance into the air. Diffusers release an essential oil that can make your house smell pretty. Humidifiers release a cool mist that can help relieve allergies.

    But only vaporizers release a warm steam, specially designed to help clear congestion and alleviate symptoms associated with colds and flus. Learn more about the differences between the two as we delve deeper into the differences between humidifier vs vaporizer here.

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    Ease Cold and Flu Symptoms Naturally With Vicks Steam Vaporizer

    If you are on the hunt for a vaporizer, then a Vicks Steam Vaporizer is an excellent choice.

    A Vicks Steam Vaporizer is:

    Love how it’s sutible for every member of the household even safe for the pets love the
    family friendly’ features such as 25% cooler steam and an automatic shut-off
    Its great it Can be used with Vicks VapoSteam Inhalant and great for the bedrooms overnight and love your trusted brand your products are fantastic

  127. Debbie Moody Reply

    It can run for a full 14 hours which means that hopefully we all get a good nights sleep because rest is the most important think for recovery when fighting a flu/cold.

  128. I love how it can run for 14 hours, which means it can be running overnight, which is the toughest time for the little ones with congested nose

  129. My favourite feature is that the Vick’s Vaporizer runs for a full 14 hours, perfect to see our sick little ones through the night and help ease the awful congestion of a nasty cold/flu.

  130. The feature I love is the night light and the warm steam that clears congestion. Every winter my youngest son gets a blocked nose at night due to the cold. The fact that’ll it’ll work all night is a plus. I use vicks vaparub which I apply just before bed, but usually have to apply again in the middle of the night

  131. I love that it’s family friendly – that features like the cooler steam minimise the risk of my kids being burnt or otherwise hurt.

  132. My favourite feature is that it’s a natural alternative,
    I hate turning to meds as option one,
    There’s no need to chase or bribe children,
    To swallow the cure for their constant nose run!

  133. I love that the VICKS Vapouriser has the Automatic Shut off. It’s so comforting knowing my child can breathe and I can finally relax and ‘shut off’ too!

  134. Veronica Christensen Reply

    I love that the Warm steam relaxes the throat muscles, loosens congestion, eases the cough reflex and soothes a sore throat to help keep our little one sleeping through the night

  135. Monica Elkins Reply

    Love how it is humidifier and relaxes calms my son down when he has had a terrible cough at night.

  136. I love that it is for the whole family. With one preschool boy and one primary school boy, it is inevitable that colds and flu spread like wildfire in our house. Treating everyone at once would be a godsend

  137. Philippa Tudor Reply

    I love that it’s so effective at clearing congestion and can be safely run all night to give my little girl a good nights sleep

  138. I’ve been looking at a vapouriser for a while, with one child have chronic sinus issues this would be a wonderful help. I love that it has a long run time and that it has an automatic shut off and it’s natural!

  139. I love the smell it give i borrowed my friends and it made archers room smell amazing. I love how it helped clear his congested nose and helped him feel better quicker.

  140. I catch colds constantly and often pass it on to my son. We suffer terribly with the congestion. Being so stuffed up means we don’t sleep which makes us feel so much worse. I would love a Vicks vaporizer to clear our congestion. The fact that it runs all night will give my son and I the sleep we so desperately need.

  141. Adele Smith Reply

    With two young grandsons at Day Care it’s a constant battle with colds etc and having to have time at home or with us (grandparents) and as much as I adore these gorgeous boys it’s hard to see them battle with these ailments. I love the fact that Vicks Warm Mist Vaporiser offers a gentle, non-medicated, all-natural way to relieve cold and flu symptoms. It’s nice to see a company care as much as us family members do.

  142. I’m borrowing a friend’s Vicks Vaporiser at the moment as my little boy has had croup along with a horrible cold and I love the quietness of it and the little night light. It does seem to have helped with his congestion too.

  143. It’s sound amazing with the automatic shutoff and great for the whole family being all natural would really help me with my sinus issues I have been battling for years .

  144. Karen Edwards Reply

    Love that you can use the Vicks Vaporiser overnight for 14 hours great for these cold winter nights when the kiddies have the sniffles

  145. I love that it can run the whole night without any concerns, helping give bub a peaceful night (and not having to get up at 3am to refill!)

  146. Sharon Markwell Reply

    I trust Vicks products and this vaporizer is no exception. My favourite feature is that it is all natural (and wow, a 5 year warranty to boot!)

  147. With so many other things to worry about when bubs (and Mum!) are sick & snuffly I love that with the Vicks Vaporizer I can set it and forget it……the long overnight running is taken care of and then it automatically shuts off. Perfect.

  148. I love the automatic shut off. Gives me peace of mind in case my frazzled head is busy fussing with everything else sick kids bring.

  149. My favourite features are the large water reservoir and the automatic shut off. It means that I can fill it once when my children go to bed and know that it will shut itself off which gives me peace of mind at night time.

  150. Bronwyn jonkers Reply

    I love that its gentle, non-medicated and runs all night long

  151. Who doesn’t love the smell it’s so good and it runs all night nothing to worry about gosh I hope I can get one my kids would love one in there room

  152. Vicks always makes such good products. This vaporiser sounds like just what we need to soothe my baby ‘s stuffy nose and my husband’s allergies.

  153. The warm steam feature and it’s also a night light!
    I would love to win this as I am a huge fan of all-natural treatments for my little one.

  154. Its a gentle natural way to treat cold and flu symptons and can run all through the night for up to 14 hours.

  155. I love that it’s a natural way of preventing and treating cold & flu symptoms. Instead os the copious chemical-laden meds Doctors prescribe.
    My Mum got Bronchiectasis from 10 years couped up in a small office with windows permanently shut, while 5 men smoked. Now, her immunity is so low that she catches anything and it takes nothing for it to turn into pneumonia . So I would love to win this for her.
    Thanks for the chance xxxx

  156. I love that the vaporizer can run for a full 14 hours overnight as my little one is a sleeper and she’s always snuffly.

  157. I have been using Vicks on my bub since she was a few months old, as she always gets stuffy overnight if she’s even a little bit chilly. Having warm mist in her room in a safe way would be a great way to keep her breathing easy overnight without me having to get up to reapply Vicks in the early hours.

  158. Julie Parsons Reply

    I love that it’s all natural and that it runs for 14 hours. Vicks is our first weapon against any signs of colds or flus for all of our family, it really works and has such a soothing scent.

  159. Lesley Walker Reply

    automatic shut-off – I am always worried about an electronic left on as t might get over heated

  160. The automatic shut of feature is a great idea, great to help relieve cold and flu symptoms for a good nights rest.

  161. Renee Castell Reply

    A vaporiser would be absolutely perfect for us right now. My almost 3 week old has been very congested the last couple of days. Before reading this post, I wasn’t aware that there was any difference between a vaporiser and a humidifier. This is great information. Also, running something like this, rather than medicating with Panadol or similar is better in my book. Thanks for posting!

  162. A must have is automatic shut-off for peace of mind and being able to treat my family with a gentle, non-medicated, all-natural way to relieve cold and flu symptoms = a full nights sleep for this anxious mum .

  163. A very good vaporiser that will help my kids breathe clearer when they are sleeping.

  164. Nicole Pettifor Reply

    The best feature about the Vicks Vaporizer is the Vicks name!!
    Vicks is a trusted name in most Australian households and for very good reason!
    We were recently gifted another brands’ vaporiser, however find that the 10 year old Vicks Vaporiser someone lent us is far better than our brand new one of another brand!
    I would love to win a brand new Vicks Vaporiser to help ease my 9 week old daughter’s congestion and breathe easier during the winter months.
    The automatic shut off is incredible also!! A very appealing feature.

  165. Deborah de Geeter Reply

    This would be perfect for my son’s congestion especially in the winter months.

  166. I would love to win this as I have a 13 week old and if he is to get sick this winter it would be amazing to help relieve his cold and flu symptoms with the warm steam vaporizer

  167. The auto off feature and warm steam, love the safety aspect, great for me being forgetful

  168. I love that it can run for a full 14 hours which means when my daughter gets a cold she can sleep with this on which will ease her breathing and hopefully get her a good night’s sleep as she struggles to drift off when she has a cold.

  169. I love that the warm mist actually helps a coughing child. There is not much you can do and when something works, then it is a lifesaver for the whole family. My daughter was born 3 months premature and her lungs struggle in winter. This will keep her and mum/dad at ease.

  170. That it can be run overnight, ensuring a good night sleep, breathing with ease.

  171. 25% cooler steam, so you don’t feel suffocated or smothered should it be ‘too warm’.
    Love to win because I’ve had my eye on one for a while, just haven’t gotten around to getting it yet.

  172. Favourite feature is, that it provides a gentle, non-medicated, all-natural way to relieve cold and flu symptoms. Love to win for this reason and more.

  173. Becky Palmer Reply

    Tis the season for saying “Achoo!”
    What to do for a cold or a flu
    With a 14 hour life
    It’ll ease my sniffing strife
    And to illness I’ll soon bid “shoo!”

  174. Lauren Ibbotson Reply

    I love that it will last 14 hours – no middle of the night wake ups for me to top up the water in our old humidifier. This would be perfect for my 4 year old son who gets croup multiple times a year. It is very distressing for him and this vaporizer would definitely be of a huge benefit to him.

  175. Always concerned about safety and leaving electrical things on overnight or while out so i love that it has an automatic cut off when the water gets to a certain level. No more worrying.

  176. Louise Patterson Reply

    I love that it has a safety cut off for when the water runs out, I’d love to win one for my family as this would help us all to get some rest when someone is sick 🙂

  177. The Vicks Warm Steam Vaporizer; it’s one of a kind
    With natural steam therapy, resplendently entwined
    Relieving cold and flu symptoms – a treasure it would be
    Bringing back the happy, healthy smiles we love to see
    Filling a mum’s heart with joy by knowing we are doing everything we can
    It will always be our reliable, go to family plan!

  178. JOHANNE STONE Reply

    My kidlets could have really done with Vicks Warm Steam Vaporizer & VapoSteam Inhalant right about know as both are suffering colds, blocked noses and the rest.
    I suffer from asthma, bronchitis and a chronic lung condition that often leaves me with pneumonia. I struggle to breath at times and vaporizers really help me at night time . Our last vaporizer gave up the ghost this Winter and so i left without. Being on a disability pension with another chronic illness, money is scarce so we are all left with rubbing Vicks over our chests, tissues and pillows….. Would love to try the Vicks Warm Steam Vaporizer & VapoSteam Inhalant as i am sure it would benefit us all immensely .
    Thanks for the chance to apply Mum Central

  179. michelle Button Reply

    My mum used vapouriser when I was little worked well love to use this with my own children. THANKYOU

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