Romanticizer and Geek-in-Residence

by Lauren

Vaper rub feet3

My 2.5 year old had a nasty chest cold this weekend–and the hubs was out of town for a wedding.  The first night of solo-parenting was nothing short of a nightmare. The poor lad was coughing every five minutes, and waking up crying every time. I had nothing but some Vick’s VapoRub which I repeatedly smeared on his chest throughout the night, with almost zero effect. So, no sleep for me.

The next day a coworker told me about the ‘old Vick’s on the feet trick’ …apparently this is a well-loved Internet-rumor remedy for chest colds. You slather the stuff on your feet and put socks on, and voila, apparently.  I had never heard of it…and in all truth at any other time I would have scoffed at the idea with full-on skeptical smugness. But after a night of no sleep, I was up for anything.

Well folks, let me tell you.  This shit works.  At least, it did for my kid. Or rather it worked IN COMBINATION (I’m trying to keep it semi-scientific here) with the wonderful all-natural Maty’s honey cough syrup for kids. It’s basically honey and some olive oil and zinc, so you really feel okay giving an extra spoonful if the need arises.

Honey potion goodness

Honey potion goodness

Yes, my son slept like a slightly stuffy angel that night. He woke up once, but after re-applying the magical Vick’s paste to his feet, he was back to sleep for the rest of the night. I have ZERO point zero clues on how this works. But I’m not questioning it.

Thank you, Foot Gods, or Reflexology Angels, or Reiki Energy, or whatever is responsible for this magical remedy.