Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.

Are Nasal Decongestants Safe For Kids?

Thursday, 31 Jan 2013 03:22 PM

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Question: What is the best nasal decongestant for a child under the age of 2 years?
 
 
Dr. Hibberd’s answer:
 
Do not use topical chemical or oral nasal decongestants for your child. Use a vaporizer (cool mist) and supplement this with nasal saline drops. A household humidifier may be needed during the wintertime.
 
The nasal saline drops can be administered two drops at a time, on each side, as often as needed without harm. Fever or failure to improve within a day or two should be brought to your physician's attention.
 

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