Join Date: May 2002
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I cannot say for sure, but from what I've read, OTC med does little or nothing for such cold symptoms.
Some things you can do:
wipe mucus off your daughter's nose when they flow out, apply a little petroleum jelly under the nose so when you wipe off, you do not rub her skin which will eventually get really sore from repeated rubbing or wiping.
Make sure the air in the house is moist, use a humidifier, but make sure the filter is kept clean to avoid bacteria from breeding.
Avoid dairy products and sugar-rich foods. (creates mucus, makes body acidic, which hinders healing)
Avoid orange juice, it's too acidic, and creates more mucus and congestion; instead, try hot lemonade, made with fresh squuezed lemons, a pinch of ginger, a little honey or maple syrup to sweeten.
Offer lots of liquid- vegetable broth, chicken soup, miso soup, etc.
Give your daughter an herbal bath by putting a few drops of eucalyptus, sage or thyme oil into a warm bath; it helps with the mucus in the lungs
HTH, good wishes to you & your family!