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A 29-year-old female asked:

My god child of 6 years old nose was blocked, so i gave her of my otrivin nasal spray for adults. now i am worried because i read that you must not give it to children younger than 12 years?

1 doctor answer8 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Don't loose sleep: A single application of this in a kid is not going to hurt her. These products work by strangling the sensitive capillaries in the nose to shrink the swelling. An occasional use in a kid is likely fine but I wouldn't use it on a regular basis. I wouldn't use it in an older kid or adult for more than 3 days without a 1 week rest.
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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dermatology 58 years experience
same as Afrin. Use for more than a few days results in rebound congestion and dependency.
May 5, 2018
Last updated Mar 25, 2022

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