Why decongestants are not safe for your kids

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Eau Claire (WQOW)- It’s about that time again to start dodging the common cold, but some over-the-counter medicines shouldn’t be given to your children.

Decongestants are used to help alleviate some of the symptoms you get with a cold like a stuffy nose, but HSHS Sacred Heart Pharmacist Stephanie Root said you shouldn’t be giving these to your kids.

Root said particularly children six and younger shouldn’t be taking this medication because it’s not effective, and it’s not safe.

“There’s been a lot of concerns about seizures as well as insomnia and potentially even overdoses too because often times decongestants are medications with multiple ingredients and that potentially has a cause for accidental overdose,” Root said.

Root said if your child does have a cold you should use vaporizers, humidifiers, nasal sprays and nasal bulbs.

She said just because some medicine is labeled for kids, doesn’t mean they are effective.

Shannon Satterlee

Shannon Satterlee

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