• Shower steam. Bring baby into the bathroom and close the door, then run the shower as hot as it will go, letting steam fill the room. According to Silvestro, baby’s airway should naturally begin to open up after 10 to 20 minutes. “My 2-year-old had it for Christmas this year. He needed some steroids and a breathing treatment, but usually cold air or steam from the shower can calm down the breathing,” says Bumpie ElleMF728. “It lasted about two weeks, although the first week was the worst. We used to take him into the garage in the evenings before bed since it was chilly in there but without wind and snow.”
Also consider switching to a different antihistamine. Some people respond better to one antihistamine than to others, so some trial and error may be necessary to find one that works for you. Taking dosing convenience, cost, and effectiveness and safety into account, our latest Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs report on antihistamines recommends lower-cost loratadine, (Claritin and generic) cetirizine (Zyrtec and generic), or fexofenadine (Allegra and generic). Those drugs are less likely to cause drowsiness than older antihistamines, such as brompheniramine, chlorpheniramine, and diphenhydramine. Prescription steroid nasal sprays, such as fluticasone (Flonase and generic) and mometasone (Nasonex), are very effective, but you should stop taking them if they cause irritation or nosebleeds.