Mountaineers:Ive heard that Vicks actually inflames the airways when applied so close. It apparantley produces more mucus in children. Thats what Ive read anyway. Also Ive heard that thats why you should apply it to the feet since it is farther away. Mothers swear by it. I myself have never tried it. Ive only used the vicks baby rub and I placed it on DS's chest. This was before I heard of putting it on his feet. I think the ingredients in regular Vicks and Baby Vicks is different though so maybe it just depends on which one u use.
this has been my reasoning. I have done the "feet" trick and it seems to work quite well.
The other thing I will do is have a humidifer in the room and dab a bit of the ointment on a wet wipe and place it near the "fan" so it's blowing vapors.
"Why might it work?" he continues. "It could be that your child can still breathe the vapors, even if you put it on their feet. Or maybe the active ingredient, menthol, acts to dilate the blood vessels in the feet, and this triggers some reflex that quiets the cough. There are other reflexes that cause coughs, like we often see when we clean wax out of children's ears, so it is not unthinkable that there are others."