Decongestants or nasal sprays may help relieve a stuffy
Decongestants shrink swollen tissues in the space behind the
eardrum (middle ear). This may relieve pressure and pain. They
can be taken by mouth (oral) or in nose drops or sprays. Oral decongestants are
probably more effective and provide longer relief than drops or sprays, but
they cause more side effects.
Relief for allergies at school and day care is an urgent problem for many
parents and kids.
Consider the statistics: As many as 40% of children in the U.S. suffer from
seasonal allergies, and one in every 17 children under the age of 3 has a food
How can you work with teachers, coaches, the school nurse -- and your family
-- to keep allergies at school under control? How can you help your child avoid
missing important class days and be comfortable and productive while in
Be careful with these medicines. They may not be safe for young children or for people who have certain health problems, so check the label first. If you do use these medicines, always follow the directions about how much to use based on age and weight. For your baby, you
can use a suction bulb to gently remove mucus from your baby’s nose.
Do not use medicated nasal
sprays or drops more often than directed and not longer than 3 days. Continued
use will cause your mucous membranes to swell more than before using the spray
Drink extra fluids when taking cold
If you are not certain about which decongestant to use,
pharmacist or doctor for help.