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Vicks babyrub

Generic name: petrolatum topical [PET-roe-LAY-tum-TOP-i-kal]
Brand names: Aquaphor Healing (also known as Hydrophor), Ilex Skin Protectant (also known as Vaseline), Vicks babyrub
Drug Class:Topical Emollient

What is Vicks babyrub?

There are many different brands and types of petroleum topicals. This leaflet does not list all brands.Petrolatum, also known as mineral oil, is made of petroleum. Vicks babyrub is a skin-protecting product that can be used to protect minor cuts, scratches, or eczema.Vicks babyrub can also be used to prevent or treat chapped lips and cracked skin. It will also protect the skin from wind or cold conditions.

Vicks babyrub seals in moisture and helps prevent diaper rash or skin irritations caused by bowel or bladder incontinence.Vicks babyrub can be used in other ways not mentioned in this guide.

Side Effects of Vicks babyrub

Vicks babyrub can cause serious side effects. Vicks babyrub should be stopped immediately, and you should consult your doctor if:

  • Skin redness or tenderness
  • Itching

You may experience less serious side effects or none at all.There may be other side effects. For medical advice on side effects, call your doctor. The FDA can be contacted at 1-800-FDA-1088 to report side effects.


Follow the instructions on the label or those prescribed by your doctor.

Before you take this drug

Avoid applying Vicks babyrub to breasts that could come into contact with your baby's mouth if you are breastfeeding.

How to take Vicks babyrub?

Follow the instructions on the label or those prescribed by your doctor.Take it only by mouth. Topical medicines are only to be used on the skin.This medicine should not be used for serious burns or deep wounds.

Vicks babyrub can be applied as required. Cleanse the area before applying Vicks babyrub.If your symptoms don't improve within 7 days of using this medication, or if they clear up but come back again, call your doctor.Store away from heat and moisture at room temperature.

What happens if I miss the dose?

Vicks babyrub can be used as needed. You may not have a schedule. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip any missed dose. Never take two doses in one go.

What happens if I overdose?

Overdoses of petroleum are not dangerous. If anyone accidentally swallows the medication, call 1-800-222-1222 or seek emergency medical care.

Avoid this

Vicks babyrub should not be used on the eyes.

Interaction with other drug

Other drugs that you take are unlikely to affect the medicine applied to your skin. Many drugs interact with each other. Inform your healthcare provider about the medicines you take, including vitamins and herbal remedies.