Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: topaz_sa | 2011-01-17

Q.

VICKS VapoRub

Hi, I got this in an e-mail, and I am very sceptical about what goes around - is this true (my daughter is 2.5 years old, and I don''t want to try it if it could be harmful.)

VICKS VapoRub - INTERESTING

During a lecture on Essential Oils, they told us how the foot soles can absorb oils. Their example: Put garlic on your feet and within 20 minutes you can ''taste'' it.

Some of us have used Vicks VapoRub for years for everything from chapped lips to sore toes and many body parts in between. But I''ve never heard of this. And don''t laugh, it works 100% of the time, although the scientists who discovered it aren''t sure why. To stop night time coughing in a child (or adult as we found out personally), put Vicks VapoRub generously
on the soles of your feet, cover with socks, and the heavy, deep coughing will stop in about 5 minutes and stay stopped for many, many hours of relief. Works 100% of the time and is more effective in children than even very strong prescription cough medicines. In addition it is extremely soothing and comforting and they will sleep soundly

Expert's Reply

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Paediatrician

Good question.Your skin is an excellent barrier and nowhere more so than on the soles of your feet where the skin is thicker than on other parts of the body. The manufacturers of Vicks Vaporub recommend that their product be rubbed on your chest where the menthol in the Vicks gives a nice warm feeling and the menthol fumes which are given off soon give relief of coughs and colds.If it was a definite fact that Vicks is absorbed from the feet there would be scientific evidence by now and reports in the medical journals about this way of treating coughs.

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Posted by: e | 2011-01-19

Defnitely working - & mdash  also got advice from friend

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Posted by: R | 2011-01-18

I got the advise from someone when my child was sick, and I was sceptical, but it did work. If I didn''t put the Vicks on she would cough herself awake during the night, and with the Vicks on she slept soundly. I must add I put Puma on her chest, and Vicks on her feet.

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