Vicks Vaporub, a soothing remedy for coughs

Yesterday, I got a text from the hubby saying Tabebs had fever. The teacher was able to immediately give her Paracetamol, but I was restless soon after I heard of the news.

Dengue has been really rampant in this part of the country, we have statistics reaching 600 and more, and unfortunately, our baranggay, more specifically our purok's elementary school here, has had declarations of three students rushed to the hospital for dengue cases. Lagao, being the biggest of all barangays, has declared the most number of patients.

I was trusting God to take care of my baby, she was restless in her sleep the night prior to that but I was not alarmed much until the text reached me. I went home immediately, and even today, I took a leave to monitor her temperature. The fever subsided, thanks to Tempra Forte (Paracetamol). But I am still concerned about the cough and the runny nose. Flu is rampant, and we better take care of ourselves.

Here's one emergency thing I did to ease the coughing. Believe it or not, this works and fast!If your child has coughing fits, before he/she goes to bed, dab Vicks Vaporub on her chest and at the back. This will soothe the child and relax the muscles on the airways. But there's one thing I have just learned today, dabbing Vicks on the feet before bedtime and covering the feet with socks does the job better. Many doctors have recommended this to many patients experiencing coughing fits. This will reduce a child's nighttime cough.

Simple but effective. Let us find the means to fighting diseases through the simplest means. Bawal magkasakit. Mahal magkasakit.

And yes, I remember my Nanay Connie used to do this for me.

Comments

kayni said…
I love Vicks Vaporub. My parents used to rub me with this whenever I get sick. I still keep Vicks next to my bed, as an easy fix to congestion. I hope Tabebs is much better now.
kg said…
ako din gumagamit nyan! lalo na pag di makahinga si wendy...vicks to the rescue! although it is not a medicine in itself, nakaktulong sya ng husto, especially sa symptoms.
allen said…
Uu miga, epektib gid amo na ginagamit ko diri pag magsakit kami :)
upto6only said…
uy hindi ko alam yung sa paa. yung doc ni matt ayaw palagyan ng vicks naman cya ssa dibdib. pero hehehe nilalagyan ko pa din lalo na pag ayaw tumigil kahit nakainum na ng gamot. pero i try ko yung sa paa.
docgelo said…
careful with FREQUENT application of vics on the nostrils, it can paralyze the cilia of cells lining the nasal mucosa.
my license dictates to educate everyone that colds is either viral or atopic (allergic rhintis). if it's viral, there's NO definitive treatment for there are hundreds of viruses that cause colds. but if it's allergic in nature, avoidance of allergens is the only key.
what i recommend is hot steam vapor inhalation to soothe breathing. Cough on the other hand can be bacterial,viral or both. better check with the MD to be sure. and yes, tama ka, sheng. mahal at mahirap magkasakit. doon agree ako, hands down. but i personally dont use vics.
docgelo said…
and if i may add more, please don't put towel (or worse newspaper) or hankies at the back of kids when they're sweating. this won't allow proper release of heat thus it's trapped underneath the skin. just pat the back dry. don't apply towels or anything.
sheng said…
Hi doc, hehee, thanks for the advice. Sa dibdib lang ako naglalagay ng Vicks, and sa likod, sabi nila sa paa na lang daw, mas maigi. And yes, i do not put handkerchiefs, towels or newspapers sa likod ng mgaanak pag pumapawis. I just make punas. Old school kasi masyado ang lagay ng pamyo uy, tsaka, mas lalong mainit para sa kids.Thanks ulit!
dong ho said…
ive been using it when i have runny nose.
jeanny said…
I do what DOc Gelo suggested. We do this steam inhalation lalo na pag horap huminga. Mas nakakatulong :)
Redlan said…
Timing ang post na 'to, inuubo ako ngayon. matry nga. thans for the recommendation
nuts said…
agree ako don, di rin ako naglalagay ng towel or anything sa likod.. punas lang or palit, kasi lalo mainit nga sa pkiramdam.. thanks sa mga tips talaga, dami ko nalaman dito..
BlogusVox said…
Nakaka-addict yan! I've been putting that stuff in my nose before I sleep since childhood. : )
witsandnuts said…
The picture brought a lot of memories. We don't have that brand here, I actually bought several packs of a counterpart from the airport last weekend.
rabsky said…
i remember my dad because of that vaporub hahaha. :D
Eds said…
hope tabebs feels much better now. oy, gumagamit din ako ng vics na yan. pero hindi ko pa natry yong sa paa.

docgelo, salamat sa info. meron akong bagong natutunan sa araw na ito. lagi ko pa naman nilalagyan ng towel ang likod ng anak ko kasi sobrang pawisin sya. masama pala yn.

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