We’re going to get straight to the point on this one by answering all of your burning questions (even before you ask them). Yes, that is a vibrator on a baby’s chest. No, you do not need to put a call in to CPS. And, yes, the device is actually widely used to help break down chest congestion exacerbated by excess mucus in newborns.
On its Facebook page, Melon and Cuties, a birth, breastfeeding, and wellness education organization shares this unconventional, yet totally brilliant tip. It wrote:
Our customer shares her remedy for chest congestion!! Use on baby’s back while sitting in a steamy bathroom. Brilliant!!! Note that many hospitals and respiratory therapists use these in the treatment of respiratory issues on the BACK in hospital settings. It is common practice.
Soon after making its original post, Melon and Cuties managed to garner quite a bit of attention. As a matter of fact, the post has been shared tens of thousands of times since being created just last month. Upon learning of its viral status, the organization penned a response which further substantiates the unconventional parenting tip:
Love hearing the stories of babies who have been helped in NICU wards and hospitals and even some who have been sent home with them. Thank you for the mostly positive support of such an easy and practical use of something that you can find in many households. When moms are in the trenches, its the middle of the night with a sick child, this is something they may not of thought of. For those of you calling us pervs, pedophiles or worse. You have a very unhealthy view of sexuality, parenting and can “buzz” off. Thanks so much! ~ The Melons and Cuties staff of one busy and successful Mama :)
As mentioned in the follow-up post, there were a few bad apples who managed to put a damper on the reporting of this brilliant hack, but, fortunately, folks everywhere showed plenty of support–and also, plenty of humor! In fact, the comments section has been absolutely flooded with amateur comedians giving their unique takes on the silly, yet highly effective, mucus-abolisher.
Without further ado, here are some of our absolute favorite responses to the viral post:
“I just bought three! Don’t let the fact that I don’t have any kids make this weird.”
“If I used mine right the first time, I wouldn’t be in this situation.”
“I tried this trick with my son, he was crying for hours one night so I chucked the mrs’ vibrator on his back and he settled in minutes..The only problem is he now talks with a stutter.”
“I remember the first time my son found my vibrator. I dont know why i didnt think to tell him it was for chest congestion 🤔”
“HILARIOUS!!! But also a BRILLIANT representation of how motherhood requires you to be resourceful lol REAL LIFE”
“Now all the baby showers you go to will be registered at Adam and Eve.”
We’re so happy to see so many parents–and non-parents!– come together to comment on this. Who cares if it took a photo of a congested baby with a vibrator on its back to elicit such a funny and honest discussion? It’s not often that the Internet can agree on something–and, in this case, it agreed that the image was both helpful AND hilarious. A sign that the mommy blogs of the world will soon become more peaceful places? We sure hope so!
We can’t wait to hear your thoughts on this surprising congestion-relieving technique. Have you ever tried it before? If so, did it work for your baby? Do you have any other ways of getting rid of congestion that you would like to share?