Check the back of your throat for postnasal
drip. If streaks of mucus appear, gargle with warm water to prevent a sore
Elevate your head at night by sleeping on an extra pillow.
This will decrease nasal stuffiness.
If your nose is still stuffy, you can try a decongestant or a steroid nasal spray. But be careful with these medicines. They may not be safe for young children or for people who have certain health problems, so check the label first. If you do use these medicines, always follow the directions about how much to use based on age and weight. Avoid products containing antihistamines, which
dry the nasal tissue.
Medicine you can buy without a prescription
Try a nonprescription
medicine to help treat your fever or pain:
Aspirin (also a nonsteroidal
anti-inflammatory drug), such as Bayer or Bufferin
Talk to your child's doctor before switching back and
forth between doses of acetaminophen and ibuprofen. When you switch between two
medicines, there is a chance your child will get too much medicine.
Be sure to follow these
safety tips when you use a nonprescription medicine:
Carefully read and follow all directions
on the medicine bottle and box.