Everyone has their own "secret tricks" when it comes to beating those annoying cold symptoms. Every mother also knows that everyone also has advice on how to raise a baby. So it comes as no surprise that when it comes to raising a baby with a cold, there are a million crackpot schemes.
We've seen onions in socks, chocolate cough suppressants, and garlic milk, but I don't think I've ever seen a remedy that has, um, shaken things up quite like this before.
Melons and Cuties, a Facebook page devoted to childbirth education and helping new moms through the early stages of parenthood, shared a unique photo of one of their members. The new mom apparently had a hack to cure her baby's chest congestion, but some people were taken aback.
The photo clearly shows a baby, likely less than three months old, with a vibrator placed on her back.
"Use on baby's back while sitting in a steamy bathroom. Brilliant!!!" Exclaims the post. It goes on to say that many hospitals and respiratory therapists use these in the treatment of respiratory issues in hospitals settings. Although it's likely those vibrating devices don't pull double-duty as a sex toy.
Seeing a baby so near a sex toy is jarring, but the post has been hugely popular. With over 42,000 comments and thousands more likes and shares, it's likely the most engaged post of all time for Melons and Cuties.
"Thank you for everyone who has shown support! It’s good to see moms encouraged to use things readily available to help with wellness and not be shamed for it! We’ve been laughing for days," the page commented on their post.
Almost all of the comments have been positive, however the post explicitly said mom-shaming comments will be deleted. While, no doubt, the woman in the picture will have her critics, her treatment is worth talking about. Assuming the tool has been cleaned, it's little different from tools known as "flutter devices" which are widely used to treat those with chronic lung conditions.
A patient breathes through a flutter device while it vibrates, but the US National Library of Medicine does say that other devices with a "different mechanism of oscillations and vibration effect within chest wall can be used."
So, it seems the remedy is medically sound, so most critics of the woman are probably struggling with their prudish natures. Most of the positive comments on the post are people sharing their awkward experiences with their sex toys and children. Namely having to explain what they are.
"I told me daughter it was a back massager and then forgot to move it to a new location," shared one member who went on to say her mother stayed over and complained of a bad back. "Cue my daughter appearing proud as punch waving it round declaring 'I've got something to make your back better grandma!"
Whether you're fighting a cold or just have some time on your hands, I don't think any woman should be embarrassed of something that gets the job done!