This Little Miggy Stayed Home: The Dress and Vicks

Friday, January 25, 2008

The Dress and Vicks

I got it. The dress from Banana that is and I LOVE it. I'm really excited since I never even tried it to come.

Also, seems as if the bean has had a little cough the past couple days. Not too serious and nothing major but a couple nights it woke her up in the middle of the night. So I recently read (from a couple different sources) that rubbing Vicks Vapor rub on the bottom of your feet and then putting socks on them will help with the cough. Last night I did just that and she slept better than she has in a few nights. It took a little while for it to totally kick in but she slept pretty well. The only problem is when she woke up around 4 (which is normal for her), I didn't reapply it and she was coughing a few times until almost 5--so I finally reapplied it and she slept pretty well again. It actually doesn't seem that strange to me that it works (I'm a believer in homeopathic stuff anyway) but all the research I've been doing on line it's surprising that this seems to work for the vast majority of people. Has anyone else tried this?

(ps I should mention that I talked to my pediatrician about this beforehand and you should too. Vicks contains camphor which has recently been shown to be bad for small babies in large doses. I also got the baby version of this stuff, but the adult version seems to work better).


  1. Have you found any explanation as to why you shouldn't put it on your chest as indicated? I guess it is still powerful enough to be smelled through the socks. I would be interested to know if you find out. I've only used it a couple times and the chest thing worked great. For Sonja I used this Vicks plug in (like Glade basically, with refills). It worked really well.

  2. My sister swears by this too. I haven't tried it, but will make sure to when the time comes.

  3. yes, let us see this dressed you chased down all the way in AZ. i am impressed with your endless efforts to obtain the garment.

    and thanks for the vicks trick - luckily Atticus hasn't been sick yet but i'll file this away for the future!

  4. Ellen--

    Actually, while it seems there's no "scientific" explanation of why it works, I believe the theory is that the soles of your feet absorb the vapors/oils faster and therefore is more effective. It has nothing to do with being able to smell it from your feet. In fact this remedy is specifically for coughing, not really for being stuffed up.

    Chief Momma--definitely give it a shot, but like I said I would talk to your Dr. first.

  5. Ahhh I like the idea of it on the feet, rather than the chest. They say that there is a part of the foot for each illness. Plus then you won't have the ick-y smell right by your nose :)