When a family member, especially a child, has a cough or congestion, it can be hard to sleep - or get symptom relief. Doctors often recommend that children under a certain age avoid certain oral cough and cold medications due to side effects. Unlike medications you take by mouth, chest rubs are applied to the chest and neck. Doctors and other health care professionals have recommended chest rubs for temporary relief of cough and chest congestion for over a hundred years. A variety of chest rubs are available from us here.