Vicks Vapor Feet

Wow, it’s been forever since I blogged. I took some time off to work on a project of mine. I’m making some progress, but I find that I do miss blogging about my Pinterest adventures! I don’t think I’ll go back to the daily blogs, but at least a few times a week.

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Everyone knows what this is. I love the minty sensation it gives me, and although it probably is weird to admit, I love the smell.
This time of year, chronic coughing is like a plague. Tony gets it and I’ve learned to deal with it. One of the kids gets a cough and I lose my mind! The last time Arthur had a bad cough, almost 3 years ago and he ended up throwing up.
A few nights ago, he started coughing really bad. I remembered this pin, linked to http://tiffkeetch.blogspot.com/2010/02/cough-remedy.html?m=1, that I had pinned a while back. I forced Tony out of bed to go get some Vick’s.
When he got home, Arthur was already up, so I went to sit on his bed and smeared a thin layer of Vick’s on the soles of his feet. After getting through the giggles this caused, I put a pair of socks on his feet.

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Yes the socks are stained, but the boy plays hard and dirty. Tony and I laid in bed and listened to the coughing, slowly counting down the 5-15 minutes this is supposed to take to work.
Then, nothing! No coughing! It was amazing how it kicked in almost immediately. We did this two nights in a row until his cough ran it’s course.
It is important to remember this is not a cure for an actual illness, it just treats the symptoms.
The original blogger says they’ve been using this for adults with success as well, but when Tony tried it, there was no change. We’ll probably try again with a thicker layer of Vick’s. If you have little ones at home, definitely keep this in your repertoire!
Stay healthy!

Vinegar Socks

It sounds ridiculous, right? I’ve heard for years that vinegar will bring down a fever if you soak your feet in it. I’ve never had much call for this one though because if I get sick, it’s generally just the sniffles.
Being practical about it, it’s hard to get a three year old to leave her feet in a bowl of vinegar, so I’ve never tried it on the kids either. Chiara had a low grade fever yesterday and ended up passing out a little before bedtime. No big deal, I just laid her down early. Well, it became a big deal when she woke up at 11pm and her fever had spiked to 101.3.

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Poor baby wasn’t feeling well at all!
As she was snuggled up, I went cruising Pinterest for some different options. I stumbled upon this site, http://phonereviewsblog.blogspot.com/2013/08/when-you-have-baby-or-small-child-who.html?m=1
And she was saying that you soak some of your kids socks in vinegar, put them on their feet, wrap a towel around them and let them dry.

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If the fever doesn’t dissipate completely the first time, do it a second time.
It worked! It was amazing, albeit stinky, but it brought her temp down to a reasonable level by the time her socks had dried off.
After we took her socks off, we wiped her feet down with a baby wipe to get rid of the smell.
Aside from home remedies, remember to push fluids with a feverish child. In our case, we gave her a popsicle to assist with bringing her fever down. If you have any doubts, call your pediatrician. Never go against your parental instinct when it comes to your babies!