Cough Remedies and a Sleepless Night


Ron and I decided that we should take Nicole in to see Dr. M. Nicole’s cough refused to subside. It sounded like a barking, dying seal, with its head caught in a car door. As I drove Nicole to the doctor I heard this little voice in the backseat.

“luv it, luuuuv it, I luv song, turn up, turn up!”

Somehow within the last week she has turned into a little person with opinions, including music.

I can’t help but smile.

We arrived at Dr. M.’s office and thankfully she was able to see us right away.

Awesome! That never happens.

Nicole proceeded to have a conversation with the receptionist.

“ I see dodor. I rough cough.” She pretended to cough to prove her point.

The receptionist laughed.

Dr. M. looked her over, and as usual I’ve taken Nicole in too soon. She didn’t cough once at Dr. M.’s office.  So Dr. M. gave her opinion based on what I told her. Nicole either had a virus, or croup that hasn’t come to full force, or it’s asthma, which they don’t properly test until age six.

It figures.

At homemarshmellows

Nicole’s cough returned. Kathleen, a work colleague, told me she heard of marshmallows as a remedy for a cough.

I think someone just wanted an excuse to eat more marshmallows. I am totally not buying into this idea but whatever.

I’m desperate.

I swung open the cupboard door and pulled out an opened package of marshmallows I just bought. Two left.

 Lucas was into them again!

I gave Nicole the last two marshmallows. She still continued to hack.

Hmmm maybe it wasn’t a high enough dosage.

I rubbed Vicks vapor rub on her feet. Pattie, Nicole’s babysitter told me about this trick.

The cough subsided a little, but not much. It did eventually kick in and provide enough relief for Nicole to fall asleep.

11 p.m.

Ron and I are about to go to bed when Nicole stopped me in my tracks on the way to our bedroom.

She’s up, and out of bed, wide awake.

Ah man! I want to go to sleep. This is going to be a long friggen night.

I put her back into her bed and she started hacking again. I am finally in bed, about to drift off to sleep, and then I heard it.


 Nicole opened our door, and hopped into our bed.

Dame it!

Nicole lied down on her side and I saw her big brown eyes staring at me. I kissed her forehead and told her to sleep. She closed her eyes and didn’t move.

She actually listened. Holy Crap! Is this my kid?

Below is how our night went.

baby sleep positions

Halfway through the night, Ron is kicked in the ribs, (like the H is for Hell position above) and it was forceful enough for him to fall right out of the bed. I heard him curse incoherently, and left our bedroom.

Nicole is like most babies. She doesn’t sleep still. Throughout the rest of the night Nicole was restless.

At one point Nicole punched me in the eye, and kicked me across the throat. Every time I moved her, she moved herself right back to where she was positioned. *Sigh*vicks

In the middle of the night I re-applied the Vicks on her feet. I must admit, thus far, it has been the best thing that has worked on her cough. As soon as I thought Nicole had reached a deep sleep, I attempted to move her to her bed, she screamed.

I wondered if there was a remedy for that?

5 a.m.

Ron’s alarm on his phone went off. I stumbled around trying to locate it, and put it on snooze, in order to give it to him. I shuffled to the living room, but Ron wasn’t sleeping on the couch.

Where the hell is he?

Just on a hunch I checked Nicole’s room, and there was Ron. His arms hung out the sides of the bed, and his legs hung over top the end of the toddler bed.

Seriously like the couch was too far to walk for a comfortable sleep.

I couldn’t contain myself, and laughed.

For the record, an effective cough remedy is Vicks vapor rub on your feet, whether your young or old. It does wear off after a few hours, but a few hours of sleep is better than none. The marshmallows as a form of a cough remedy is yet to be determined, but I’m sure my monkeys will have fun testing that theory out.

Do you have any suggestions for cough remedies? I’d like to hear them.


5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jon Bratton
    Oct 20, 2012 @ 01:55:10

    Vicks Vaporub is an invaluable product per this webpage


    • The Zoo Keeper
      Oct 23, 2012 @ 09:59:27

      Thanks for the link. I checked it out and there were some really useful tips for the vicks. I had no idea that it could be used for nicks and cuts among other things.


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