I recieved this in an e-mail from my dad, and I thought I would share.
To stop nighttime coughing in a child, put Vicks Vaporub generously on the bottom of the feet at bedtime, then cover with socks.
Even persistent, 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.
I heard the head of the Canada Research Council describe these findings on the part of their scientists when they were investigating the effectiveness and usage of prescription cough medicines in children as compared to alternative therapies like accupressure. Just happened to tune in A.M. Radio and picked up this guy talking about why cough medicines in kids often do more harm than good due to the chemical makeup of these strong drugs so, I listened.
It was a surprising finding and found to be more effective than prescribed medicines for children at bedtime, in addition to have a soothing and calming effect on sick children who then went on to sleep soundly.
So I took the challenge. Both of my kids have coughs, so last night was a perfect night to try. I lathered the bottoms of all 4 feet (2 kids, and 2 feet per kid) and put socks on Aaden and a footied pajamas on Rylan and waited. The rest of the evening I probably heard 2 or 3 coughs out of each child, and they both slept through the night. No coughing, and no snoring. Aaden is a major snorer and I didn't hear a peep out of him.
I give this treatment an A+. If you or your child gets a cough this is a wonderful way to get a good nights sleep, for everyone in the house.