Do not use peppermint oil or menthol (one of the main components in
peppermint oil) or camphor on or near the breast where baby might ingest
it, and do not apply directly on the skin of a baby or young child.
There have been cases where the direct application of menthol or camphor
products (for example, Vicks VapoRub™) to baby’s skin resulted in
severe breathing difficulties or liver problems (see info on colds and congestion in baby).
I've done it with no issues. I wouldn't put it on my chest wile bfing but on the feet with socks over shouldn't hurt. I have done it several times while nursing & now while pregnant.
I use Maty's baby chest rub because it doesn't contain menthol or petroleum products. If you cosleep, I wouldn't put any vicks on your feet because baby may end up breathing those vapors; otherwise you're probably fine.
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