I have a 27 month old ds who has had 2 back to back colds (one lasted 10 days and then a few days later a second one came on and it is still "lingering" maybe 11 days or so). He is not sick, he never was "sick". He never had fever. Both times his snot was clear and remains clear. He does not have chest congestions. The second cold had PROFUSE nasal discharge it was just running like a faucet for the first few days and then intermittently and especially when active/playing outside. This 2nd cold also brought a 2 day diarrhea and terrible diaper rash both of which are gone.
Anyway, the issue is this. With this 2nd cold, he has an issue with post nasal drip at night that causes coughing that keeps him awake/interrupts his sleep - I did for a few nights give him a decongestant before bed (3 nights) and when that would wear out, it was like he had rebound stuffiness at like 4 am and he would start with the coughing, and it was like his sinuses filled and he would have to be held/rocked etc upright (still sleeping) for about 40 minutes until his sinuses drained - you could hear him gagging, coughing, etc and it would eventually go away and he would sleep another few hours. I stopped with the decondgestant because I thought that was making it worse and now he is sleeping through until 7 am or so, but when he awakes he immediately has this 20-30 minute sinus drainage, choking (he is swallowing and swallowing the mucous) and he many times is gagging etc. I've tried steam from the shower and it doesn't seem to make the time of the "event" last shorter. I've been giving him "hot tea" of chamomile in the am to help warm and open his sinuses etc and today did some warm compresses to his sinuses and it seemed shorter today. He is happy as can be when it is am and he is wanting to run around and play but choking and coughing (woke up DH who was on a different floor today - it sounds terrible, like you would think whooping cough or something LOL). He has so much in his sinuses that if you depress his cheeks even lightly he starts choking so I know it is all sinus.
After he drains for the morning, that is it, no more coughing or anything even all day. So my question is, what can I do ? I was thinking humidifier but will that make him more wet and choky at night ? SOmebody suggested eucalyptus and something else in the humidifier. I will try anything. I don't know if anybody else has this issue (or had) we don't have a homeopath or anything. I am certainly not going to take him to the pedi for this and maybe I would consider if his snot was yellow or green but it is clear.
Any advice/sympathy is appreciated.