Cough Medicine Alternative – Back To Basics

December 28, 2008 · Print This Article

The FDA issued a cough medicine warning to all parents of small children. It states that, over-the-counter cold medications should definitely not be used for children under the age of two. It’s not a wise move to give your older children the medication either. Doctors say, “Find an alternative.”

Vicks Vaporubfoot The cold and flu season is at hand and what’s a mom to do when her child is coughing it’s head off at 2 o’ clock in the morning. Here’s a little tip that my daughter Katie offered, as we sat around our dinner table.

Take children’s Vicks VapoRub and rub it into the the soles of your child’s feet. Cover his feet with socks and in no time at all, your child will stop coughing.

Now, I thought it sounded a little “airy fairy”…. but if it works…it works. She swears by the method… not only for her children, but for herself. “No kidding… it works… It’s like magic,” she says. (Katie uses the full strength adult rub for herself.)

Why not give it a try the next time your child has a cough. Anything is better than putting your child at risk by giving him over-the-counter medications that the FDA and doctors have warned us about.

Till Later

Kathy
Insightful Nana

P.S. If it works for you… let us know!

Comments

3 Responses to “Cough Medicine Alternative – Back To Basics”

  1. TamNo Gravatar on April 14th, 2009 4:31 am

    I was glad to see this. Katie is smart. The soles of our feet have the capacity to detox us.

    My nutritionist recommends using orange oil on the soles of your feet. Spray or rub it on, put on socks. When the socks come off don’t be suprised to see brown stains in them. It’s not the oil, its the toxins in your body being pulled down and out.]

    Yay Katie, for using an alternative method!

  2. DeanneNo Gravatar on May 5th, 2009 11:28 am

    This method REALY REALY works and I will continue to use it on myself and my family!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. LisaNo Gravatar on November 27th, 2010 8:44 am

    I would be hesitant to use Vick’s VapoRub, as it is a petroleum based product. According to what I found on the internet (not from the actual product, so take with a grain of salt, it contains the following:

    5.26% Camphor
    2.82% Menthol
    0.09% Thymol
    1.33% Oils of Eucalyptus
    0.69% Nutmeg
    0.44% Cedar Leaf
    4.68% Turpentine
    100% Petrolatum q.s.

    All of the active ingredients are probably available in a health food store as an essential oil. I am going to try putting white thyme and eucalyptus essential oils diluted in coconut oil (important to dilute for diabetics, I hear) and put that on my feet, since my little one is now taller than I am 😉

    I’ll let you know how it turns out.

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