It sounds like you have battled the same indecisions that I am going through. You want to use the most natural and holistic products but you also want to use what gives immediate, effective relief to them.
I have been giving my daughter a couple of homeopathic remedies and I have wanted to try nettles on her but there is no way she would drink tea. She is way to set in her 3 year old ways to try something new like that. Maybe if it was chocolate flavor.
I also give her vit c every day and occasional echinecea as well.We have tried the local honey idea, she eats is almost every day, but it doesn't really make a difference.When she was younger, I was pretty convinced she had a dairy allergy and put her on rice milk. At this point I am not sure if that is the case, but she won't drink anything other than rice milk so dairy isn't a huge issue.
I think I will take her to an allergist, though every year the doctors tell me it isn't conclusive when they are age 1....2....probably 3. I have been afraid she will develop a sinus infection from all of the congestion because my husband gets them so often, but knock wood, so far she hasn't gotten any.
Thanks so much for all of the good info!!