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Decongestant nose sprays can quickly open congested nasal passages caused by
colds, allergies, or sinus infections. I think of these sprays as a "quick-fix" when I am
miserably congested, especially when trying to fall asleep. Decongestant nose sprays are
only for short-term use, though, as there is a "rebound effect" that begins after two or
three days of use.
While generally reserved for older children, there are two circumstances that I have used these sprays or drops in children younger than two. First, I rarely use them in infants that are too congested to eat or sleep - this should only be done with the advice of a physician. Second, stubborn nosebleeds can quickly be stopped with 2 or 3 sprays in the bleeding nostril.
When I give my children cold medications, I have found that the nasal passages can become too dry, that's why it is important to use saline nasal spray throughout the day and a humidifier in the bedroom at night (see "natural cold treatments").