Not sure if this was posted before, but thought it interesting, I will be buying some vicks rub today to try it out I think... anything si worth a try since me and the baby are sick...
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VICKS VAPOR RUB
During a lecture on Essential Oils, they told us how the foot soles can absorb oils. Their example: Put garlic on your feet and within 20 minutes you can 'taste' it.
Some of us have used Vicks Vapo rub for years for everything from chapped lips to sore toes and many body parts in between. But I've never heard of this. And don't laugh, it works 100% of the time, although the scientists who discovered it aren't surewhy. To stop night time coughing in a child (or adult as we found out personally), put Vicks Vapo rub generously on the bottom of the feet at bedtime, then cover with socks. Even persistent, heavy, deep coughing will stop in about 5 minutes and staystopped for many, many hours of relief. Works 100% of the time and is more effective in children than even very strong prescription cough medicines. In addition it is extremely soothing and comforting and they will sleep soundly.
Just happened to tune in A.M. Radio and picked up this guy talking about why cough medicines in kids often do more harm than good, due to the chemical makeup of these strong drugs so, I listened. It was a surprise finding and found to be more effectivethan prescribed medicines for children at bedtime, in addition to have a soothing and calming effect on sick children who then went on to sleep soundly.
My wife tried it on herself when she had a very deep constant and persistent cough a few weeks ago and it worked 100%! She said that it felt like a warm blanket had enveloped her, coughing stopped in a few minutes and believe me, this was a deep, (incredibly annoying!) every few seconds uncontrollable cough, and she slept cough-free for hour s every night that she used it.
Did you also know that if you put Vicks on anyone's chest and they go out in the cold it can killthem. It's true.It causes the pores to open up and leaves your lungs and heart susceptible(sp) to the cold.Kinda scary huh. This is another reason they are suggesting the bottom of the foot.
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This was wrong. I had heard about it but hadn't researched it. Putting it on your chest is fine. Just don't go into extreem temps, like a hot shower or outside when it's cold. It could make you sicker.
It's when you put it in your nasal passages that it becomes dangerous. You can inhale it and it gets into your lungs and causes pneumonia. It's extremely dangerous and can kill you. Also from what I've read it's not safe to put it ona child under the age of 2. Suggestions are to use it in a vaporizer instead.
did not know that ...thanx for the info.
i'm afraid to put the rub on rileys tummy,,, so i found puffs keenex with vicks in them and put a few under his crib sheets,,,, he sleeps better
can you only start using vicks at a certain age? my 7 week old is congested and idk if vicks would be too strong for him...
See I don't know, everyone suggested Vicks to me,..
but I think putting the Vicks on a kleenex and letting it dry,.. wekens it s lil and I jsut hide them under his crib sheets... seems to work, ...not on his body to be absorbed... my grandmother used to safety pin a kleenex with vicks on it in our wintercoats.. to help keep our noses from running... it worked.. and she has lots of kids/grandkids/great grand kids etc...
That is a great tip to keep in mind! I'm 30 wks preg and my baby is due in Feb when its still cold, so I'm sure she will unfortunately be having some coughing sometime, hopefully not too young tho! lol... do you have any idea what age they have to be before you can even start putting the vicks on their skin?