When children get colds, the flu, or allergies, nasal drops are an effective way to alleviate congestion. They are composed mostly of saline solution, which causes the blood vessels in the nose to contract and dilutes mucus and reduces swelling in the sinus area. Some nasal drops may contain additional active ingredients, such as steroids, to alleviate symptoms associated with nasal polyps. Whether the nasal drops are prescribed or over-the-counter, it is always important to use them according to your doctor's instructions.
Many doctors recommend nasal saline drops for relief of nasal congestion in an infant. Giving anything to a baby is tricky, but you can manage it with these simple instructions:
Giving drops to an older child can present different challenges, and the key is cooperation. Rewarding the child for cooperating can go a long way toward making this a pleasant experience for everyone. Follow these simple steps:
Of all the medicines given to children, nasal drops can be the easiest to administer. Once the first dosage has gone well, it will get easier each time you give your child the drops.
Prevent side effects common with the use of nasal drops by making sure you are using proper hygiene. Always wash and dry the dropper each time the medication is used, and never share nasal droppers among children. This could lead to the spread of infections.
Side effects may include a runny nose, sneezing, a burning sensation, stinging, or nasal dryness. If your child complains of any of these side effects, make sure to monitor the symptoms and contact your doctor if they last or worsen over time. Also contact the doctor if your child experiences headache, dizziness, trouble breathing, irregular heartbeat, nausea, mood changes, weakness, persistent sweating, trouble sleeping, a rash, and signs of itching or swelling.
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