I've got a cold too, sending you lots of sypathy. I've been to the chemist and they've given me vicky vaporub, and after carefully checking the ingredients some extra strong halls eucolyptus sweets (thought that was a bit OTT to be honest but better safe than sorry) some olbas oil and some buttercup syrup for my cough.
You're right about Paracetamol it does bugger all! I had a piriton last night to help me sleep and stop me sneezing. I've been told that its ok to take occaisonally and it really helped.
i used those vicks stick things that you put up one nostril and inhale when my nose was blocked with a terrible cold last christmas (6 months pg). olbas oil make one too, both were effective. they're just menthol-based, i believe.
never understood why you can't use this. or why babies can't have Karvol or vicks when young. When ds2 was 3 months old he got a cold, so i put the karvol and vicks on me and whenever i fed him he got a good whiff before bed to calm his sniffles.