I feel compelled to once again sing the praises of Vick’s Vapor Rub, particularly as it can be used on small feet to quiet an overnight cough.
Ever since my discovery a few months ago that the “urban legend” that Vicks rubbed on feet quells coughs is actually quite true, I’ve used this trick for G when she gets her (very frequent) nighttime coughs. I find that it stops the cough cold for at least a few hours at least 85% of the time. Very occasionally, it doesn’t help much. I’m not sure what the difference is. However, it really does the trick almost always.
Last night, G was coughing like crazy after feeling better all day, so we gave her one of the nebulizer/albuterol treatments prescribed for her by the doctor at Children’s the other night. This 15 minute breathing treatment slowed the cough down, but 45 minutes later, her cough was really bad again. So I pulled out my trusty Vick’s and a pair of clean cotton socks, and I slathered up her little feet, then slipped the socks over her Vicksified tootsies. Within 90 seconds, no more cough. She was cough free the rest of the night (sometimes I have to reapply after a few hours, but not last night), and she slept like, well, like the baby that she is.
Anyway, since this is cough and cold season, I just wanted to mention this useful and effective folk remedy again, in case it might help your family get more sleep with less coughing.
I have no clue how or why this trick works, but it really, really does.