How To Stop A Child’s Cough
I don't have kids, but when I searched for both "How to stop a cough" and "How to stop a child's cough", there were MANY more results that came up for the search "How to stop a child's cough", so I decided to go with that title. (Call me a sheep, I don't care.)
When I was a kid, Mom used to put Vicks VapoRub on my chest when I would catch a cold, and then make me put a shirt on to go to sleep. The VapoRub did two things: it kept my chest 'feeling' warm, and the mint smell helped keep my sinuses open. She never put it on my feet, though, when I had a cough.
As with many things I read on the internet, I passed this one by Snopes.com, and the status was listed as UNDETERMINED. I don't know why putting it on your feet keeps you from coughing, but many people are experiencing success with this home remedy!
CJ recently posted a story about how sodas are killing us, which I found to be interesting (in January, I decided to give up sodas. I have lost 15 pounds so far!!). I would notice that when I was sick, drinking sodas would make my cough worse. It could be my imagination, or it could just be how I reacted to sodas, but when I saw his story I thought it reminded me of my cough getting worse when I did drink them...
(Okay, here comes the disclaimer: this story is not to be used to treat, diagnose or otherwise explain away your symptoms/illness. If conditions persist, see a doctor. Don't let a life balance on rumor; seek professional help!)
By the way, I am going to start including a "TL;DR" line on my stories (which stands for Too Long; Didn't Read) to allow you to get the "Cliff's Notes" so-to-speak. Here goes:
TL; DR: When your child goes to bed, rub a little Vicks VapoRub on their feet, and then make them wear socks to sleep. That seems to keep them from coughing.