Yes, I think you are correct. We all want to "do something" to help a child to feel better. LIttle by little however, we can influence others on the side of safety. I have even been able to convince my hairdresser that her 20-month old doesn't need to be given medicine to feel good. She told me she convinced her husband the child should only have ibuprofen for a documented fever, and didn't need cold medicine, because I had told her so. They used humidification and a small amount of vapo-rub (we had not discussed that) for the cough and cold symptoms, kept him well-hydrated, and sucked out his nose to help him sleep.