Bring on the soup and the Vicks

Seasoned parents offer their best cold-curing tips this month in light of warnings about cold medicines. Read more parenting tips at

“Our colds seem to hit the hardest at night time. To make the kids comfortable they get extra pillows to prop up their heads, we turn on their humidifier and put Vicks VapoRub on their chest and under their nose.”

Angie Campbell

“My daughter likes to use Shower Soothers. They help open her nasal passages. After her shower, a robe and warm blanket and chicken noodle soup never hurt.”

Kim Raye

“When my child has a cold, I set the scene for a calm and quiet day if possible. I usually ask if there is a specific movie she or he would like to watch. I cuddle him/her with the warmest blanket I have and make her/him some good homemade chicken soup. I feel that the comfort helps her/him get back on their feet.”

Teresita Gomes

“I’m pretty old-fashioned when it comes to treating colds. After my kids take their warm bath at night, I rub on Vicks VapoRub on their chest and back to relieve them from the stuffiness and congestion along with a humidifier in the room. Now that they are a bit older they don’t like the smell and gooey feeling of it. So, over the last year I’ve been using an herbal vapor rub on them and they like it.”

Joy Piplas

“Chicken noodle soup or chicken and rice soup are great for a cold. I may use a humidifier to purify the air. Johnson and Johnson makes a medicated bathing product that is also good although the smell may be annoying. You can mix with a small amount of your child’s favorite smelling bath product to cut the smell down. Using these three things together tends to heal my child with a cold in a week’s time.”

Maria Lamothe

“I mix some grated ginger and a teaspoon of honey in warm water. I also give ginger tea to my son regularly in winters.”

Kirti Jindal

Chicago Parent Editorial Team
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