Cold medicine won't cure the cold. If they are given at all, according to our pediatrician, they should only be given at night to help them sleep...and that's "iffy".
Elevate the head of her crib. That will help with drainage so she doesn't keep waking as often being all stuffed up.
Steam her in the bathroom. Turn it into a sauna to help loosen up the mucous...then suction it out as much as you can, but not too often. Suctioning can cause the inner lining of the nostrils to swell causing difficulty breathing.
Run a cool mist (or steam) humidifier...I have one son who does better with steam and one who does better with cool mist. (go figure)
Give her some Tylenol for discomfort.
If you are concerned, take her in for a check.
(and I don't think the flu shot has anything to do with it)
at 5:58 AM on Dec. 18, 2008