Study Touts Nasal Wash for Kids' Colds
Saline Nasal Wash May Curb Symptoms of Children's Colds
Jan. 22, 2008 -- A saline nasal wash, used several times daily, may curb
symptoms, Czech researchers report.
The saline nasal wash, made from Atlantic saltwater, doesn't cure the common cold;
But the new study shows that children with colds who used the saline nasal
wash had three advantages over children who didn't use the saline nasal
- Bigger drop in cold
- Less use of cold medicines
- Fewer school absences
The study included nearly 400 Czech Republic children aged 6-10 who had
colds. All of them got routine care for their colds. Half also used the saline
nasal wash in a spray form six times daily during their colds and three times
daily for cold
prevention after their colds ended.
The saline nasal wash was well-tolerated, report the researchers, who
included Ivo Slapak, MD, of the Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology Clinic at the
Teaching Hospital Brno in the Czech Republic.
The study appears in this month's Archives of Otolaryngology.
Funding came from Goemar Laboratoires La Madeleine, the French company that
makes the study's saline nasal wash.