During a visit to a friend's house this weekend, the other mom and I got talking about children suffering from seasonal allergies. Her 3 year old son is constantly sniffling, so his pediatrician prescribed a long-term dose of allergy and asthma drugs. But my mom friend told me she was really reluctant to use them.
I know where she's coming from -- I felt the same way about a long-term maintenance nebulizer drug the doc prescribed for my daughter over the winter. Sure, they helped her overcome a bad bout of bronchitis and asthma, but after she felt better I didn't feel right about continuing them. I know this is the argument that most doctors give about antibiotics -- you have to finish the full course for them to work properly.
It just doesn't sit right with me, so we tapered off a lot quicker than the doc would have liked. But she still sailed through the winter without a relapse.
I came across a natural remedy for allergies and stuffy noses -- a saline nose spray -- and was curious if any other moms have opinions. Do they really work? Do your toddlers them willingly?
The particular model I tried was the SinuCleanse Kids Mist. It's a lightweight, plastic blue bottle with a sprayer attachment. You fill it with saline solution (salt water) and place the tiny nozzle at the base of your tot's nose -- it doesn't even go inside the nostril. Pumping the bottle sprays a fine mist into the airways, clearing the mucous, cleaning the nose, and improving breathing -- temporarily, of course.
I tried this on myself -- not my kids -- and it seemed to work well, though I'm not sniffling so this was not an official road test.
No guarantees your kids would take this one willingly (they are toddlers after all), but the mist is a lot more comfortable that the big drops from traditional spray bottles.
Do you use nasal sprays on your kids, and if so, how do they take it? Are your kids on drugs for seasonal allergies? How do you feel about them?