Watery Help for Kids’ Colds?

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Jan. 22, 2008 — A saline nasal wash, used several times daily, may curbchildren’s coldsymptoms, Czech researchers report.

The saline nasal wash, made from Atlantic saltwater, doesn’t cure the common cold;nothing does.

But the new study shows that children with colds who used the saline nasalwash had three advantages over children who didn’t use the saline nasalwash:

  • Bigger drop in cold symptoms
  • Less use of cold medicines
  • Fewer school absences

The study included nearly 400 Czech Republic children aged 6-10 who hadcolds. All of them got routine care for their colds. Half also used the salinenasal wash in a spray form six times daily during their colds and three timesdaily for coldprevention after their colds ended.

The saline nasal wash was well-tolerated, report the researchers, whoincluded Ivo Slapak, MD, of the Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology Clinic at theTeaching 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 thatmakes the study’s saline nasal wash.

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