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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Does Vicks VapoRub on a Baby's Feet Really Help with Coughing?

Ok all you moms, aunts, sisters, grandmas, etc, etc... I've got a question for you. It is a serious question that I'd really like you to comment (seriously) on. 

Does Vicks VapoRub on the bottom of a child's feet really keep them from coughing?

I've read in MANY different places and I've had several people tell me that this really works. We've got two little cough machines right now and it is getting really bad. The doctor says all we can do is apply Vicks to their chests and vaporize some into the air and keep them hydrated. I'm a Respiratory Therapist and I'm truly at a loss on what to do. I know I can't suction them and they are really too small for me to do chest percussion therapy on them to loosen up the mucus.
 So, does Vicks on the feet followed by putting sock on them really work?
 PLEASE weigh in. I'd really like to know what you think and what you've experienced!

I'll read every comment and chime in when I need to.