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My Magic Cure for a Chronic Cough. It’s a Miracle!

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

I have such a breakthrough to report. I wrote about Fia’s chronic cough a couple months ago. This is a cough that lasted for 5-6 months and nothing was working. I was at my wit’s end and annoyed at my pediatricians for chalking it up to a “thing” that toddlers get with various cold cycles. “But she hasn’t had a cold!” I’d say with exasperation. “Well, you know, the mucus can irritate her throat and the cough is the last thing to go. “But she has no mucus!” I’d say, pleading with them to hear me. I asked for them to send her for an X-rays or something. They thought it was unnecessary because her lungs sounded fine. I went in multiple times to make my case.

Finally after my sitter and her teachers at school started to say how much the cough was wearing her down, I took matters into my own hands. I got all the paperwork together to get her into a pediatric pulmonary specialist at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.

While I was awaiting approval for an appointment, a miracle happened. I was at a little Xmas gathering with Fia and there was another mom there. Fia started coughing. Of course. I told the mom how exasperated I was by her cough; how I was pulling my hair out over it. She said, “You need to put Vick’s Vapor Rub on her feet.”

What? Huh? It sounded like a piece of voodoo to me. I must have looked skeptical. So she continued.

“I have five kids. Every one of them has had a chronic cough. I kid you not. Put the Baby Vicks on her feet at night. Rub it in and make friction to get her feet warm with it. Then put some on her chest and put a warm towel (not damp) on for 30 seconds. Repeat a few times. Then put her to bed. I promise you, it will work.”

I agreed to try it, but felt like rolling my eyes.

That night I didn’t do it. I mean, what was the point?

Then, I happened to tell one of my girlfriends about this mom’s suggestion. My friend got really excited. “Oh my gosh! Someone else told me about that! It’s totally supposed to work. People swear by it.”

So now my curiosity was piqued. I Googled it and sure enough there are claims all over the internet about the magic of curing a chronic cough by putting Vicks on your feet.

That night I did as instructed with the Vicks. I kid you not: for the first time in 6 months straight, Fia didn’t cough once. I was simply dumbfounded. I did it a second night and at nap times. No cough. I stopped doing it on the chest and only put it on her feet. Still no cough.

I did this for about a week. Then I stopped entirely. That was early January. There have been a few nights where I hear her hacking and if it gets bad, I go in and put the Vicks on her feet. But those nights are few and far between. Other than that, there has been no cough. I repeat: No Cough.

Children’s Hospital called to make an appointment. I told them that for the moment, the problem has subsided.

I honestly can’t believe how something on your feet could cure a cough, but it does and it did. Apparently it works on adults too. I looked it up on Snopes.com–the site that debunks urban legends. Their verdict is “undetermined.” You can check it out if you want to see their report.

Needless to say, I am thrilled, but am still so surprised by the results.  Has anyone else heard of this? Any theories to why it works on the feet?

Coughing in Children
Coughing in Children
Coughing in Children

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Fia’s Mystery Cough. Any Ideas For Me?

Monday, December 24th, 2012

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Fia has this chronic cough. By chronic, I mean it’s lasted at least eight weeks. Could be twelve. I remember about a year ago in Brooklyn she had the same thing. But now we’re in a totally different climate so I don’t think it’s allergies. Plus, when she got that crazy rash five months ago, I had her tested at an allergist. All she had was a high histamine level.

I took her to the doctor last week to have her checked out. Thing is, she only coughs when she goes down for bed, or mid morning. The rest of the day is nothing. She’s not sick, she’s not congested, and no, it’s not Whooping Cough (and we vaccinated for that).

When the doctor came in he said, “Eight weeks???” I told him not to think I’m a terrible mom. It’s just that I took her to our Brooklyn pediatrician last year and she couldn’t find anything wrong and said something (I recall) about kids can cough a lot because their lungs are still developing and we can’t give them cough syrup until they’re 4 or 5?? And believe me, I’m in no hurry to dose her up on meds. Especially those with Red Dye 40. (Side note: my cousin swears the RD #40 gives her children night terrors. They cut out all medicine and candy, etc with RD #40 in it, and the results were incredible. No more screams in the night.)

Anyway, the doc listened to Fia’s heart and her lungs. They sounded fine. No wheezing. She had a small cough in his presence. He said it was a dry cough and her throat was a little red on one side but nothing crazy. I told him I give her a natural honey medicine (Little Remedies for Colds), and it does seem to help in the short term.

He prescribed me liquid albuterol sulfate, which I guess is a medicine for asthma. I can still do the Honey Elixir, which she now comes to expect, of course, since it tastes good.

The goal is to see if the albuterol lessens the cough. If it does, she could have a type of cough-induced asthma and we’d give her this medicine more long term. Ugh. I hate giving medicine as an “experiment.” It makes me incredibly nervous, because you never know how your kid will react. I gave two doses last week at night. I kept going in and checking on her breathing because I’m so paranoid. She coughed some, not a ton. Then I decided to stop and just stick to the natural honey stuff. But yesterday morning she coughed so hard she started to gag and burp. Poor thing. It just wears her out. So back to the meds.

This morning she was coughing a bit, so I gave her the albuterol again and she coughed a few times before I dropped her off at preschool. They told me that she’s continued to cough a little, not a lot.But as the day wears on, the cough lessens anyway until night.

I’m not sure what to think. I can’t say definitively the medicine is working. I guess I’ll have to keep giving it to her. Was wondering if anyone has any homeopathic remedies or other advice to offer? I can put the humidifier in her room, but that will only help at night. Not with the morning cough when we are out and about. It is seriously driving me mad. It’s so frustrating to not know what to do. Thoughts?

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