Watching your child struggle with persistent allergy symptoms or congestion from a cold can be a terrible feeling. If you’re in this situation, as most parents are at some point, you’ve likely scoured the web for recommendations, asked family friends for advice, and tried every home remedy you can think of. Nasal sprays have probably come up as an option to help your little one breathe better.
While the right nasal spray treatment can be an excellent choice, some of these products can unfortunately produce adverse, and even serious, effects in children. This is why it’s important to know what’s in your youngster’s nasal spray and make sure you thoroughly research any treatment you’re considering. However, we know that medical journal articles are often
jam-packed with virtually indecipherable jargon, and it can be tough to sort through thousands of reviews, which are likely full of contradicting opinions.
At Clear Revive, we’ve formulated a nasal spray specifically for kids, so we understand the relationship between these products and pediatric health. In the following blog, we’ll present what we’ve learned about nasal spray safety and children so you can make informed choices about which products are right for your family.
When to Use Nasal Spray
When carefully chosen and appropriately administered, nasal sprays can be an outstanding treatment for children and adults alike. These products are also quite versatile and valuable in a variety of circumstances. For example, you might want to use a nasal spray when:
Your youngster feels congested and has trouble breathing. Nasal sprays can help these types of symptoms so your child can get back to playing like
You want to hydrate the inside of your child’s nose. His or her nose and sinuses may have become too dry due to the local environment, an infection, or the negative effects of previously using other medicated nasal sprays. Your kid’s nose may be too dry if it’s cracked or bleeding. He or she may also complain about discomfort or
You want to help your little one recover from a nasal procedure or surgery. Clear Revive nasal spray can help soothe and moisturize your child’s nose while killing germs so he or she can heal
You want to keep your kid’s nose and sinuses safe during air travel. Being on a plane may dry out your child’s nose and expose him or her to bacteria. Using a nasal spray can help moisturize your youngster’s sinuses and protect him or her from
Your child needs to use oxygen, a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine for sleep apnea. While helpful in many other ways, these treatments can dry out your child’s nasal
These are just a few of the situations in which it might be a good idea to use a nasal spray with your child. Once you fully understand the possible dangers of and other considerations related to using nasal spray for children, you can select the right product for your child and begin helping improve his or her nasal health with confidence.
Potential Risks for Children
As with most treatments, nasal sprays offer many benefits, but some may also pose certain hazards. The potential risks of nasal sprays for children include:
The “rebound effect.” Some nasal sprays contain drugs that can lead to dependence. As “Marilene Wang, MD, an ear, nose, and throat doctor” explains in an article for WebMD, “overusing decongestant nasal sprays” can lead to a condition known as “rhinitis medicamentosa.” Basically, “these sprays contain chemicals that shrink congested blood vessels,” but “after a few days...the blood vessels don’t respond to medication anymore.” Although the nasal spray is less effective, patients typically feel the need to keep using it because their “congestions also may worsen if [they] stop using the medication,”as per Mayo Clinic. For this reason, you should not use any medicated nasal spray on your child (or yourself) for more than the recommended days on the bottle (typically, you should discontinue use after three to five days). If you want to avoid the risk of nasal spray reliance altogether, you can use natural, non-medicated alternatives, like Clear Revive nasal
Stunted growth. According to a 2014 report from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology, “steroid sprays” such as “fluticasone furoate nasal spray,” which doctors may prescribe for kids with allergies, “may slow growth in children.” In a recent study of 474 children, “growth was slower in young children treated with fluticasone furoate nasal spray every day for one year.” If your physician recommends a steroid nasal spray to help treat your child’s allergies, it could be worth discussing the cost/benefit analysis of this risk factor to determine what’s best for your kid’s overall health.
Improperly strong medication. As U.S. Pharmacist outlines, there are age restrictions on several types of nasal spray. For example, corticosteroid nasal spray “is contraindicated [as in, not recommended] in those <2 years of age,” while “oxymetazoline 0.05% spray (Afrin)” is advised for children older than six. It’s important to pay attention to and follow these types of age limits on nasal sprays so that your child receives an appropriate dose of the materials and medications included.
General side effects. Most treatments have some side effect risks. There is a small chance that even the most natural, seemingly harmless nasal sprays could cause an allergic or adverse reaction. This is why it’s important to always read and fully comprehend the potential side effects of nasal sprays before giving them to your children. While minimal side effects may not prevent you from using a nasal spray, they are good to know about before you begin treating your
While the above is not a comprehensive list of all possible nasal spray risks for children, it outlines some of the most common dangers associated with these treatments. Fortunately, by
knowing these risks and taking appropriate action, you can help make sure your child uses nasal sprays safely.
The Clear Revive Solution
We created our Clear Revive Kids nasal spray because we wanted to give parents and children a safer treatment option. Since it is non-medicated, our all-natural formula steers clear of most of the risks above. We make it from a simple list of basic ingredients: saline, grapefruit seed extract, certified organic eucalyptus oil, peppermint oil, and glycerin. We removed the menthol from our traditional Clear Revive nasal spray to make this formula more palatable and gentler for kids. In fact, Clear Revive Kids is even safe enough to use on infants. If you’ve been looking for a natural, nontoxic nasal spray option for your family, you just found it.
Safely Alleviate Your Child’s Nasal Symptoms with Clear Revive Kids