I am not usually one for home remedies. Give me the drugs and put me to bed. But the last couple of nights I have been desperate enough to try anything. All of the kids have been experiencing a yucky night-cough this last week, and I got it in turn on Saturday. Well, since I am still nursing and my kids are still small, I have a hard time taking or giving much medicine. I was telling my woes to a friend of mine, and she asked me if I had tried putting VICK'S vapor rub on my kid's feet at night. I told her that I had put some on their chest and it helped a little, but not that much. She told me to try it on their feet, that it was supposed to work much better, and since I couldn't think of an argument against it, I gave it a very skeptical try.
I was amazed. After putting it on the kiddos, I only heard two coughs in three hours. Then, when I came down with the cough, I put it on my own feet, along with a pair of socks, and I immediately stopped coughing. I couldn't believe it. It doesn't seem to work as well during the day, but it provided my kids and myself with a good-night's sleep every time I used it.
I have NO idea why it works, but I thought I would pass the word along for anyone suffering from the same malady.
If nothing else, it provides a lovely foot rub for your kids!
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