steam is good for chest congestion & "croupy" coughs. hunker down in the bathroom with the hot shower on (no vent fan) and let the steam begin! also, at nighttime i put a vaporizer in the room with a few drops of tea tree oil in the receptacle. and you have to shut the door to keep the moist air in. good luck! this similar type virus is going around here, too, and both my girls have had it. it lasts a while so be prepared but if you're little one is without fever & eating & drinking ok, just be patient.