Check the back of your throat for postnasal drip. If streaks of mucus appear, gargle with warm water to prevent a sore throat.
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.