Is Unker's Salve safe for my 10 month old. I would like to use it to help with her congestion and cough.

Hi, Jacee,

This is a standard type of salve that contains eucalyptus, wintergreen, menthol crystals, pine needles Camphor and white petroleum base.  It smells good, and should be safe, unless the ingredients irritate the skin.  I see no reason it really should be used in anyone with a cold, for I can't think of a good reason it will help.  We really have no treatments for colds in kids, just stuff to make them feel better.

So..probably safe, not effective.

Good luck, Dr. Olson


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