Sunday was a terrible night. Since the girls sleep together, we felt it was only appropriate for Maya to keep us awake all night instead of Amelle, so Maya snuggled up in between Dirt and I and coughed away. We felt so helpless, we just didn't know how to make the coughing stop. At one point she coughed so hard that she threw up.
On Monday morning I was complaining to Wendy about my sleepless night and she again, mentioned Vicks. "Wen, I'm sure it's an Urban Legend - look it up online". So she did. Urban Legend listed it as "unconfirmed". Then she did a general google search and found rave reviews from moms everywhere. I decided to try it.
That evening I told Maya that I had some medicine to stop her coughing and she was as anxious as I was to try it. I showed her the jar of Vicks and told her that I'd be putting it on her feet. I told her that it "smells kinda funny", but it would help her cough.
We were so excited to try it that we went upstairs early, I thought I'd put it on and then we'd just relax and catch up on some Tom and Jerry before bed. I twisted open the cap and smelled that old familiar, unforgettable Vicks scent. After I took a 3 second voyage back to my childhood (my mom was a proponent of Vicks on the chest), I dug my finger in the soft gel and slathered it on Maya's little feet, and then covered them with socks. Things were great for about 2 seconds. Maya isn't normally a sock girl, so she immediately wanted the socks removed. I told her that we couldn't remove the socks and she was okay with that....until the full Vicks aroma made it's way to her nose.
"That smells gwoss!" she proclaimed. She tried covering up her nose with her blanket, but the strong Vicks aroma had spread itself onto everything in close proximity - her blanket was saturated with Vicks. She began to cry and repeat, "that smells gwoss", "take it off", "I want to cough". I then tried to quarantine her feet by wrapping them up in blankets, but to no avail, the Vicks odor could not be contained.
After 30 minutes of crying, I had no choice but to remove her socks, wipe the Vicks from her feet and re-sock with clean socks. This by no means, eliminated the Vicks aroma, but it did make Maya feel that I had taken the proper remediation steps and she was content with that. She fell asleep next to me without coughing. When Dirt came in, he carried her into her bed, where she slept soundly all night.
I woke up with one thought on my mind, "it works".
The next night I changed my strategy. I put her to bed as normal, she fell asleep and began hacking. I ran up to her room before she was fully woke and quickly rubbed some Vicks on her feet, no socks. Moments later there was silence. She slept for the rest of the night in her bed.
On the third night, I awoke hacking. In between coughs I reached my arm out from my warm covers and felt around for the Vicks jar on my nightstand. I sat up, de-socked, and applied the Vicks to my own feet. I re-socked and fell back to sleep; the coughing spell had ceased (note: I had to reapply later that evening).
So, given my experience, Vicks on the feet works.
Go, try it - report back with your findings!