Having been through countless colds (just normal colds without any complications) I am finally happy with a product called Sinupret. It can be given from 2 years of age, perhaps check with your pharmacist if it would be safe to give 3 months earlier. When there is a bad cough I give Bronchipret as well. I used to give celastamine and medications that dries up the mucous, but I am now of the opinion that it prolongs the sickness.
As soon as your child is about 3,5 years old start to practice gargling with water and then move onto saltwater gargles. It is truly the best method to prevent and clear up a cold in my opinion.
I don't have advice on how to give the medicine, my LG has always been very easy with taking medication...Perhaps other moms can help?
The Sinupret/Bronchipret does not have a pleasant taste. I always have a bit of fruit juice/fruit ice lolly to wash away the bad taste afterwards. Most syrups don't have a great taste as far as I know...
I swear by Allecet syryp, it is also an anti histamine like celestamine but you can give it chronically. I give it to my little one throughout the winter combined with his multivitamine. When I see something more is developing I just give a little celestamine before bedtime and seems to clear it up.
Gloei - does it have to be gargling specifically or do you think swishing salt water around in the mouth would also work? My 2 year old has discovered the joy of swishing liquid around and around and around in his mouth (bath water, drinking water, juice, milk, yoghurt), so was wondering if I got him to do it with salt water if it might help fight off the bugs. Or if only gargling helps (not sure how to even begin teaching him how to gargle).
I think that even just swishing will help. I have read that often disease starts in your mouth especially the tongue as germs breed here. I think it moves to your throat from there and then the rest of your body...
My sister started teaching her 2 kids at age 3 (I though that was really early...but I guess it depends from child to child). She also swears by the saltwater method and has stopped numerous colds in its tracks!
I still don't know how she got it right. I showed her how I do it and tried to explain she must practice not to swallow the water. Encourage to take only small sips of water in the beginning when she starts. I think what motivated her was that I gargled tunes to show her how fun it can be. She thought that this was brilliant, so she kept on trying until one day while in bath she called me and she just figured it out! When she got it right with just plain water we moved to salt water (1/4 teaspoon salt to 1/2 cup water). Now everyday it is a game of her gargling a children's song and we must guess what song it is! She is gargling like a champion! She does it twice daily, morning and evening along with saltwater nose spray. Her colds has reduced 50 - 70% in frequency since we started this routine.