Saturday, March 28, 2009

Pediacare Gentle Vapors Nightlight

Our family has been hit hard this season with colds and although technically we are starting into spring, we are sick at our house AGAIN.  Actually, my hubby and boys are sick with colds again, and I just got over a sinus infection last week.  YUCK! We make sure to run the humidifier, especially in Rowan's room since he has had breathing issues, but also have another product we use often - Pedicare's Gentle Vapors - Vapor Plug.

Pros:  This is a small, waterless vaporizer that plugs into the wall.  It comes with small vapor pads that you slide into the vaporizer, in the middle of the product.  The bottom part of the vaporizer is a night light which is convenient if you use one in your child's room. The night light part has a sensor and only turns on when the overhead light goes off. The top part has a vent that lets out the vapors which quickly fill the room.  
I really like that this is a soothing product, great for congestion and colds, but doesn't medicate.  It contains a blend of menthol, eucalyptus, camphor, lavender, and chamomile.  Here's a bit of a breakdown as to what they are and their benefit:
Menthol:  Derived from peppermint oil and is known to help soothe sinus and throat irritation.

Eucalyptus: Comes from the Eucalyptus plant and is known to help soothe sore throats, and relieve nose and chest congestion.

Camphor: This herb comes from a Camphor tree and helps stimulate cold receptors in the mucous membranes, which in turn helps to soothe the nose.

Lavender:  Known for it's calming and soothing abilities

Chamomile: This herb, like lavender helps to calm and soothe.

I notice a big difference in both of the boys breathing and coughing when I plug this vaporizer in at night if they have a cold.  If I even walk in the room, I notice I can breathe better and the calming effect it has.  
The small pads that you put in the product last up to 8 hours, which is great for night time, and the plug rotates around to accomodate other things you may have plugged into the outlet.  

Cons:  The nightlight is quite bright, brighter than the other night lights we usually keep in the boy's rooms.  It hasn't been a problem for us, but I could see it being one for a child who may be a light sleeper.  It also can become overpowering if you use this in a small room.  Rowan is in a tiny room right now, and I almost need to keep the door open when we use these because the smell almost seems to be too much.  The pads last 8 hours, but in a bit larger room, it seems like they don't last as long.  You can buy refills for this product, but if you use these often, the price adds up fast as it is about $5-6 for a 5 pack refill.  We only use them when the boys have colds so the cost of it isn't too big of a deal.  

The Bottom Line:  Good compact waterless vaporizer for colds.

Price:  $7-9 for vaporizer, Around $5-6 for a 5 pack refill

Where to Buy:  Walgreens, CVS, Target

Rating:  Great