Parents chimed in about using the method on their babies, saying it absolutely works.

By Maressa Brown

January 22, 2019

When your little one is sick, you'll try just about any method to make sure they feel better fast. For some parents, that method is one that may look eyebrow-raising but is said to be super-effective. Melons and Cuties, a birth and education center in Texas, recently shed light on the unique way some parents are helping their babies deal with congestion: by using a vibrator. On January 8, the center took to their Facebook page to share a photo of one mom holding a turquoise vibrator against her L.O.'s back, and it has since wracked up 26K comments and over 20K shares.

The caption: "Our customer shares her remedy for chest congestion!! Use on baby’s back while sitting in a steamy bathroom. Brilliant!!!" The center went on to 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." They also warned that they don't support mom-shaming "and those comments will be deleted."

The center later explained the way it works to a commenter in the thread below: "Respiratory therapists tell us the gentle vibrations help to loosen mucous secretions so they can be coughed up. In turn this could help prevent pneumonia and other issues."

For the most part, Melons and Cuties' followers were supportive of the idea, and many said they'd tried to with great success before. One wrote, "When my brother was a baby he would get fussy and only fall asleep in the car. My mom put one under the crib mattress and left it on to simulate the vibrations of the car. It's not stupid if it works!"

Another said, "We were in the NICU at Cook Children's Ft. Worth and the respiratory team had vibrators of all sizes for this. My husband about lost his mind the first time they used one on our baby. They are perfect for the job!" 

Plenty of commenters responded with silly remarks—which seemed to outnumber any genuinely critical ones—but one mom had the perfect response to skeptics: "Just because something has a sexual purpose some of the time does not mean that’s the only thing it’s good for. This logic also applies to people. Having a sick child can be hellish. Within reason I say whatever works." Cheers to that.

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