Linctagon syrup is indeed useful for treating the colds in babies from the age of 6 months onwards and it is regarded as a natural antibiotic. There is no reason why a baby of 9 months should be give a powerful cortisone like Betanoid to treat a cold. All the side effects you mention are indeed of concern. Keep your baby's nose clear by using a saline nose spray or drops such as Salex or Sterimar paediatric and use a nasal suction device to clear your baby's nose of mucus [ask your pharmacist about this]
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