I tell all my patients this at physical therapy! Homemade Ice packs: 1 part rubbing alcohol to 3 parts water, gets really cold, but never hardens so you can manipulate it. every athlete (or mom) should pin this!
I imagine we will be giving this a try this season... Stop the coughing at night and sleep-rub 4-6 drops of Eucalyptus oil on the soles of their feet. That's all...no more coughs....one of the tricks I love during cold season.