I suspect most kids might not like the nose squirting, but it really is a great option when they're really stuffed up. Here are some tips directly from Ocean Nasal Spray for kids who aren't quite as receptive as Sprout:
HOW TO SAFELY ADMINISTER NASAL SPRAY TO YOUR CHILD
Advice from an Expert
Picture your child running... to get away from you, the nasal spray wielding, well-intentioned Mom. Nasal congestion is making him or her miserable, and all you want to do is help. Here’s how to do it right:
“It’s important to remember that even if you manage to get the spray nozzle into your child’s nostrils once, it’s possible you’ll never be able to do it again,” says NYC-allergist, David S. Mazza, MD. “Spraying into your child’s nose can be a frightening experience, especially to a very young child,” he explains. “Sprays meant for adults often have large, adult-size nozzles and they exert considerable pressure to deliver the spray into the nose. While we, as adults, expect this, it can frighten a child.”
Dr. Mazza cautions against “using any spray that is medicated unless directed to do so by a physician, or sharing a nasal spray with anyone else for fear of spreading an infection.” One thing you can use safely is a saline nasal spray, such as Ocean for KIDS® Saline Nasal Spray. “A spray like this respects the developing anatomy of a child’s nose with a smaller nozzle. This is especially important for a child with a cold or allergies, as the nasal mucosa is very easily irritated. Children size spray nozzles and gentle pressure can alleviate this problem. Ocean for KIDS Saline nasal spray has both.” He comments that “Ocean for KIDS® Saline Nasal Spray provides extra moisture for delicate nostrils to help prevent irritation. Because it is saline, it can be used frequently throughout the day to help thin mucus, wash out allergens and deliver moisturizing relief.”
“Whether it’s the tail end of the cold and flu season or the beginning of allergy season, it’s important to know how to safely provide relief for your child,” he says. “When using a spray, be slow and gentle and tell your child what to expect it to feel like. And,” he winks, “a little bribe at the end never hurts.”
Ocean for KIDS® Saline Nasal Spray is available at pharmacies nationwide and retails for $4.99. Visit www.oceannasalcare.com for more great tips and helpful information. Ocean® Nasal Care is also on Facebook and Twitter!
The OCEAN® Nasal Care family of products offers a non-medicated option for allergies that can be used as often as needed, is safe for all ages, and may be used in conjunction with other medications. OCEAN® Saline Nasal Spray has been the non-medicated saline nasal brand recommended most by doctors for more than 30 years. OCEAN Complete® Sinus Rinse (for nasal sinus irrigation and nasal moisturizing), OCEAN for Kids® Saline Nasal Spray (specially formulated for infants and children) and OCEAN Gel® Nasal Moisturizer are also available.
Disclaimer: I received a free sample of Ocean Nasal Spray but was not otherwise compensated for this post.
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