04-19-2011, 05:43 AM
Okay, I'm going to sound like a real druggy here.
Ask the pharmacist for old fashioned sudafed. Give him one pill if he can swallow it. Not sure if it is available in a kids' version (all the kids' things seem to be based on the "new" sudafed which is not as effective). Mucinex can also be used as it's a different medicine. It targets deeper congestion though -- but might help.
A nasal spray based on that active ingredient oxymetazoline (sp?) works wonders. However it causes a rebound effect (makes things worse than they are) if overused. Most of those say on the label "two sprays per nostril twice a day" but when it comes to kids I try to limit it to one spray per nostril at bedtime. And, after three days, give it a few days off.
Push clear uncaffeinated fluids. Lots of them. Popsicles, soda pop -- all those horrible things will help if he's refusing to drink enough water. Any temperature. Just not milk. Soup, watermelon -- be creative.
Have him move around some too. Moving around clears the congestion some. So, while he's watching videos and playing on the computer, try to get him to walk around the house a time or two, go up and down the stairs, or walk to the park.
Be careful when using antihistamines (Benadryl, Zyrtec, Claritin, etc.) because they can be overdrying and that can cause the stuff to be "stuck" where it is. You want wet thin drippy secretions, not thick, stuck ones.
If he can stand a neti pot or NeilMed pediatric sinus rinse bottle, that is good. If not, Ocean (or similar generic) spray helps keep things moving.
Run the humidifier but only if it's really clean. Mold and other goobers in a humidifier can make things worse.
Treat him to the lotion-y Kleenex or Puffs and a new flavored chapstick. Kleenex are ONE USE things. Reduce the spread of germs by having him throw away the tissue when it's been used. And take that trash out often. Have him wash before he eats or touches the remote control, etc.
Tylenol helps headaches and scratchy throats. Pepto is good if drainage makes him nauseous.
If he gets worse, have him checked for a sinus infection.