I have to admit that I had never heard of this nasal spray until a couple of weeks ago when Jamie then only 6 weeks old had a rotten cold with a very bunged up nose, with her being so little I couldnt tell her to just blow her nose like I would with my other children so didnt think there was anything I could do about it until a nursery nurse friend of mine suggested I try this. I wasnt immediatly convinced it would do a lot to help with it just being saline but was willing to give it a go.
I purchased mine from boots for £2.99, it comes in a long thin box so do look carefully as it could be easily missed on the shelf among all the other medication.
To use this you simply put one squirt into each of your childs nostrals and wait for it to work, it is as easy as it sounds with a baby but I bet it would be a tad more difficult with a toddler. I sprayed it into Jamies nostrels and with in ten minutes she had completely cleared of the mucus that was making breathing difficult for her, the effects lasted about two hours but as this spray doesnt contain anything medicated at all it can be used as often as you need to so is fantastic and can be used right from birth.
I cant believe I had never used anything like this before with my other four children, it is in my opinion a must have for the medicen box in our house from now on and as it is none medicated it can be used along with other medicens to relieve the symptoms of a cold too.
I knew from our visits to hospital that Saline drops were an effective means of unblocking Baby CrazyEgg's nose. Babies cannot blow their own noses and you will find many products available to clear the congestion, including the manual snot-sucker, a device to which I guessed Baby CrazyEgg would be opposed. So when a cold seemed imminent I went in search of saline in readiness. Previously I had used drops, and these had been ok, but I was never sure whether the clear fluid that then fell from Baby's nose was the saline doing its job, or the saline failing to remain in the place it needed to be to perform its allotted role. When I saw the Calpol Soothe and Care Saline Nasal Spray I bought it, knowing saline was effective, and hoping that the spray would allow efficient application.
The pack tells us that saline spray can be used to treat "blocked, dry or irritated nasal passages caused by cold and flu, sinusitis, allergy including hayfever and post-nasal surgery. It works by rinsing and restoring moisture to the nasal passages". Basically the solution thins the mucus in the nose enabling it to run away, and this in turn will enable baby to breathe more easily. It is a natural remedy and could be concocted at home, but the prepared product is isotonic so the saline solution is the same concentration as in the body, which I guess means it is easier for the body to assimilate, it is not harsh. Anyway, it is suitable for babies, children, pregnant women and other adults and is suitable for long-term use, so a very safe preparation.
For your money (approximately £2.50-£3.00) you get 15ml of solution in a small pump action bottle. The top is covered with a protective cap, which when removed reveals a small, baby-nostril sized, tubular dispenser. At the base of this is a ridge. To release the spray you simply place two fingers over the ridge, your thumb at the base of the bottle and pull down. You have to apply significant pressure and a fine mist of saline is dispensed. With no nostril to contain it my estimate is that the spray goes up as high as 10 inches, so it would seem that it would be effective in clearing the mucus, even if the nozzle itself might push a few bogies further up temporarily. I imagine it feels rather surprising.
"Imagine? What...you haven't tried it yourself?"
"Why no, you see... it was for Baby CrazyEgg so I really don't see that..."
"There's really no need..."
Ok. Now I understand better. Wait: I have to get a tissue
"Was your nose blocked, CrazyEgg?"
"I didn't think so, but my word, that's a lot clearer."
I can now confirm that the sensation of using the nasal spray is not too horrendous, though I did experience a certain amount of trepidation. There is no pain or stinging or anything like that, just a slight spluttery eye-watering type reaction, like when water goes up your nose during swimming, followed by a very runny nose.
I have used this successfully with Baby CrazyEgg whilst awake on one nostril once, on the other nostril whilst she was asleep but not for long!) and had a number of failed attempts. You see, to use this you must lay your child down (Ha!), turn their head to one side (What's that in your hand Mama?), insert the nozzle into their nose (No Mama! No Mama!) and press the spray (No chance). And repeat the other side (Oh, really?).
Although the product is effective, the drops may be less intrusive, and certainly are easier to apply when Baby is asleep. I will trust that the wateryness is them doing their job if I purchase again.
A downside of this product is that it has to replaced after being open for six weeks, so you are likely to need a fresh bottle each time a cold occurs. However, if your need is more long term this seems reasonably good value as each bottle contains 100 sprays.
As far as hygiene is concerned, the advice given is merely to wipe the nozzle with a clean tissue after use. Personally I would not advise shared usage, and my bottle, which is shortly to reach its six weeks after opening date is about to be binned.
Thanks for reading.
I picked this up from Tesco's for around £3, when my son was a few months old. He always sounded really snuffly in the day, and really congested at night, I always worried about him when he was sleeping. This went on until he was around 4 months and gradually got better on it's own. Until then, I had to help him out in breathing a bit more comfortably and clearer.
It is not a medicine this nasal spray, it is made from natural gentle ingredients, so you can be assured you are not squirting anything harmful up your babies nose!
This saline nose spray is designed to help clear your baby's blocked nose. My son didn't have a cold, he was just really congested, my GP said this was normal for a young baby. This nose spray can be used from birth, and it is really easy to use. It comes with a nozzle on the end of the spray which you insert into your baby's nose, and pull down to release the spray. You have to pull down quite hard, it is hard to do with one hand, but the solution inside comes out in a really quick squirt, and my baby doesn't bother when I do this. I usually do it when he has fallen asleep so he doesn't notice it going in his nose. It does wake him slightly, and he has a bit of a stretch and rubs his nose and then he's back to sleep.
I did one spray in each nostril at night, and you could hear him sniffling a bit and then it sounded so much clearer than before he had the spray. This doesn't last a long time though, if I woke in the night, you could hear his nose congested again, so I used to spray into each nostril again to help him breath more quieter and easier. This spray comes with a cap too for the nozzle to keep it clean.
He doesn't use this spray every single night now, his nose has cleared and got better on it's own as he has got older, but because babies cannot blow their own noses, it is essential to use a nasal aspirator! My son is really hard to use an aspirator on because his bogies are so hard! I use this saline spray a few minutes before I use the aspirator, and is really softens them, to make them come out quicker and easier. It makes it much quicker and less discomfort for my baby using the aspirator, so it does still have it's use!
I would highly recommend this saline nasal spray to anyone with a baby. My baby has not had a cold yet, he is nearly 9 months and I am dreading his first cold! But at least I know this will work for his congestion at night, and during the day as it really does clear out blocked noses, and help them breathe better. This spray lasted me around 2 months before I had to purchase another one, and as it is around £3-£4 in most supermarkets, Boots, Mothercare etc, this is a decent price for such a helpful product. I will definitely carry on using it, and it is one of the most helpful products I have bought for my baby!
I bought the saline spray while my daughter was suffering from a cold. As she's a prem baby she seems to get anything and everything that's doing the rounds. I wanted something to make her slightly more comfortable as she was snuffling like a little warthog. This product promised to unblock her nose, perfect as obviously she can't blow it herself.
I went with the calpol based on the name, there were several others but calpol is a brand I trust. It cost around £2.50 and can be found in any supermarket or pharmacy. It comes in the familiar purple packaging which is a cardboard box with a picture of a happy baby on the front. Obviously he's been sprayed! The bottle itself is small and white with a purple label it has a pump action nozzle and the actual nozzle is small, designed to fit your babies nose. It is a saline spray so is basically just slightly salted water, no nasties lurking. It can be used form birth.
Its actually alot easier to use on a newborn, I now have a feisty 10 month old so its a battle ever time I try to get this up her nose. She really hates it.
I'm not really sure that this product actually did anything for my daughter. Obviously I can't ask her but she snuffled just as much after as she did before although it did make her sneeze. I think it's a good idea but do have my doubts about it's effectiveness. When I've finished this bottle I will not be purchasing another. Personally I think it's more to placate the parents that they are actually doing something to help. Only 3 stars from me.
In the winter my baby had a dreadful cold and at only about 3 months there wasn't alot I could do for her, I went to my local chemist which is a Boots store in my village and asked them what they could recommend. They showed me this product and I decided I would give it a go, with it being from Calpol I expected that it would be a good product and kind to babies, it costs around £3.
The product comes in a mint green box showing a baby sleeping soundly on the front which I thought said it all really as that was what I was wanting to achieve, the box states that this is suitable from birth and that it unblocks nose and is a natural congestion relief. The science bit for the claims is that the spray helps to wash away the mucus build up that causes a blocked nose and therefore helps babies breathe more easily.
Inside the box is a white plastic bottle with a spray nozzle top and a cap over it for protection, the bottle has a label it which says this gives relief from colds, sinisitus and allergies and provides the doseage which is babies up to two years can have one spray in each nostril as required and children over 2 and adults can have up to 2 sprays in each nostril as and when required. If the product can be used as and when required that makes me question how can they give a dosage as you could say that it is required again 5 minutes after a dose and how is that going to be any different from having a double dose in the first place?
The spray is easy to use, simply remove the cap and put nozzle inside the nostril, push the bottle towards the nozzle holding firmly in place with the neck of the bottle so you don't actually push the nozzle further into the nostril and the bottle will release a spray of liquid. I found it was easiest to lay my daughter on her back and sit over the top of her with a leg either side to keep her still althout she still didn't like the product.
I found that this product didn't clear a blocked nose completely but my daughter could breathe more easily when it was used, I would administer this before she went to bed and then if required throught the night and from the first night of using this she did sleep better which is exactly what I wanted. She didn't like the spray and would wriggle her head and try to get it from her nose but she accepted it more once it had been used a few times, a drawback of the product is that it has to be discarded 6 weeks after opening and so you are unlikely to ever really use a full bottle which contains 15mls.
Calpol Saline Nasal Spray
When my youngest child developed a cold at the age of around two weeks of age I was surprised; she hadn't been out much by then and I didn't think she had been in contact with anyone who had a cold, although if in the early stage it's hard to tell. As I was already a mother of three children who hadn't caught a cold at such a young age and, as she was breastfed, as were her three siblings, I thought she would have had enough immunity at this stage to stay healthy. However, it was probably a sign of things to come with her as she had many colds during her childhood as well as suffering from asthma.
Although this was my fourth child and I wasn't the panicking type, I did still feel worried that a cold in one so young could lead to complications and hinder her thriving. When I found that her nasal passages were so congested that she was finding it extremely difficult to feed, let alone breathe clearly, I took her along to my family doctor to see if there was any medication which was safe to give to such a young baby. My doctor prescribed simple saline drops assuring me that these were safe for baby and would help to clear her nasal passages and help her to breathe and therefore fed better. I admit to trying her prescription out on myself, as I wanted to be sure that it didn't leave a nasty taste or result in any other adverse effects. Although, of course, the effect could be less marked or even different in a baby than in an adult. But I did find the drops had a clearing effect on my own nasal congestion.
These saline drops did help my young daughter a little and she manage to feed a little easier. The cold passed and, for a while, she was cold and congestion free. I have always suffered myself with sinus type problems over the years and I have tried various remedies and medications to help to alleviate this problem. I have used Olbas oil, Vick's Sinex spray and stick inhaler, Vick's menthol rub and Sterimar saline spray to name but a few . These have worked to varying degrees but I feel that those that often work well such as Vick's Sinex spray are not safe to use for a prolonged period as they may cause side effects and can even make the problem worse, over time. I repeatedly have searched for a remedy based on salt which is safe to use frequently. It wasn't until about a year or so ago that I found Calpol Saline Nasal Spray in Sainsbury's on the health care section, although actually placed on the child health care shelf. I thought it would be worth purchasing this with the hope that it would work in the same way as the prescribed saline drops did for my daughter some years before.
This is very easy to use. The design of the spray's applicator nozzle is, in my opinion, a very good one. It sprays easily and even when at the end of the container most of the solution can still be released by the simple pump action. Of course this can be more difficult to administer to an infant, but as long as they are calm at the time of administering, then it shouldn't prove too difficult to spray once to each nostril.
Although this product is actually intended for babies and young children, the packaging does state that in the case of children over the age of two years and adults, one or two sprays should be used in each nostril.
On using these drops I find they don't work quite as quickly as for example Vick's Sinex Spray does, although the effect can still be felt in a minute or two but it just doesn't completely clear the nasal passages immediately. However a big plus for me when using this is that it doesn't leave the throat feeling sore as I find the Sinex spray often does. Also, I feel that if it is safe for the use in a new-born baby, then I can use it often.
After a spray or two into each nostril the nasal congestion eases. I find the effect lasts for a few hours and is comparable to most sinus sprays, although it probably doesn't last quite as long as Vick's Sinex, which I find the best in terms of quickly clearing congestion and providing a long lasting effect.
This is aimed at babies from birth suffering from nasal congestion particularly if having a cold but can be used by anyone with a blocked nose. It works well.
It is also for the use of blocked nasal pathways caused by influenza, sinusitis and allergies which may include hayfever.
Calpol Saline Nasal Spray provides natural congestion relief and is non-medicated.
This product is manufactured by the well-known company, Johnson& Johnson Ltd.
The nasal spray comes in a 15ml sized container. This small size is, I think, that this is ideal if purchasing for young babies but, in the case of adult's usage I feel that a bigger sized container would be beneficial. I will say that two sprays works well and so the spray does go along way but if thinking of the expense it works out quite expensive for such a small amount of salt water that is put into a nice and easy to spray bottle. If suffering with a heavy cold then this size bottle wouldn't last for as long as the cold did (in the case of an adult)
The container should be discarded by six weeks of opening.
AND A LITTLE MORE:
It is much easier to administer than drops as the applicator nozzle is long and streamlined. I always found with drops that the baby would not like the sensation and they cotton on to what you are doing before you have finished! The spray is easier as you only need to get near to the nostril and spray- making sure that only the nose is going to receive the spray. It is easy to use one handed. I did say that the baby should be calm when administering as this is the case with medicines. This can be administered when required and when the baby is sleeping. I think with things such as this it should be used a few moments before feeding to get the optimum relief. I have actually used this on a baby although not my own (with permission!) but I was really reviewing it as an adult aid to de- congestion.
WHERE TO BUY/PRICE:
Boots the chemist: £4.29
Amazon.co.uk: £2.32 (but may have to pay postage)
Expresschemist.co.uk : £3.59
(Buy 2 or more for £3.42 each)
My youngest grandson is now four months old and was a large baby when he was born as he weighed in at 9 pounds 11 and a half ounces. As he was so large he had to be an assisted birth and was a forceps delivery, which we were only told about at the last hour before birth so it was a bit of a surprise and a little worrying when they brought the forceps in and pulled the baby out.
He was pulled into the world screaming with a huge bruise from the top of his forehead to his cheeks from the way he had been grabbed by the forcpes and helped into the world and you could see the imprint of the forceps on his face for weeks after his birth.
The midwife said this was normal and usually happened, but did say that he would have a blocked nose and congestion for a few weeks after the birth.
He was allowed home and everything was alright for a few days then you could hear his breathing had become a little noisier and everyday it got louder as you could hear the snuffles and whistling from his nose. We went out looking for something that you could use on a new born baby and found that most things were for one year olds and over, until we came across this Calpol Saline Nasal Spray.
This cost £3.79 in Morrisons and you get a light green coloured box with the white plastic nasal dispenser inside. The Calpol logo is on the top of the box and there's a picture of a baby on the front.
The size is 15ml and you get about 100 doses in each spray dispenser.
This can be used from birth as it says so on the box.
The ingredients are an isotonic saline solution containing 0.9% sodium chloride. The other ingredients are sodium hydrogen carbonate, anhydrous, potassium chloride, calcium chloride, magnesium chloride hexahydrate and purified water.
There is a clear instruction leaflet to follow which tells you the dosages to use on different aged children and this is also written on the box too.
This still has to be kept out of reach of children as the spray could be got into the eyes and if you haven't used it all by six weeks then it has to be thrown away.
Infants from new born up to two years old have one spray in each nostril and infants over two years old have one to two sprays in each nostril as required.
This is good for nasal congestion due to colds and flu, can help sinusitus and help reduce allergies in hayfever sufferers.
After each spray wipe the nozzle clean before using on the other nostril and always remember to put the cap back on.
So what do I think, well, this stuff is brilliant ! I can't rave about it enough. It works at clearing my grandson's airwaves everytime. I was a little scared to use it at first on him when he was new born as though he might have been a big baby the nozzle of this spary is quite big, the top has a hole in it and there is a rim near the top which you press down on when you have the nozzle aimed up the nostril,.
This then sends the fine jet of saline up the nose and I was a little scared to use it incase I hurt him.
In the end my daughter did it whilst I held him until I was confident enough to use it on him myself.
After all when you could hear him suffering with his breathing you have to learn quickly to use it.
This had to be used every few days on my grandson from when he was new born as his nose would block up with mucus and this saline would make it lose then and made him sneeze it out everytime we used it, so that he could breathe again until the next time the mucus had built up.
As the bruises faded on his face the saline solution seemed to be used less and less each week and now he's four months old he has to have it every now and again.
I was so surprised at how fast this works on a babies nose as the mucus build up was due to the head being squashed with the forceps in birth, it would build up until you could see a huge bogie up each nostril and as this happened my grandson struggled with his breathng and struggle also when he was drinking his bottle.
One spray up each nostril seemed to losen the mucus and he would sneeze within minutes of being sprayed and the huge bogies would come out. These were quite solid and surprisingly long.
Instantly after the squeeking and whistle in his nose would have gone and he would be breathing quiet again.
Sometimes I had to lean over the moses basket just to check he was still breathing as when the mucus was building up you could hear him breathing loudly from across the room.
I give this product my 10 out of 10 seal of approvement, I never expected it to work as well as it does. My grandson never has trouble breathing when this stuff is in the house and we always have a bottle here now incase one runs out.
It varies from time to time for when he needs this and since he has been born we have gone through three bottles of this spray so I can't really say how long one bottle will last as the usage of it varies, but now he seems to be getting better and we don't have to use it as much as when he was new born.
Thankyou Calpol for helping my grandson with his breathing. I think this is amazing stuff and would highly recommend it to anyone who has had a child delivered with forceps and is having the same problems we had or has a child that is having difficulty breathing through mucus build up in the nose.
I had my first baby last year and unfortunately shes had a blocked nose / cold most of her life! As a new born our local pharmarcy said there is not a lot of remedys for babies and they have just changed the law that I think they have restricted what under 6's can take now.
Anyway saline solution is one of 2 products we have been using. The first is olbas drops the second is this saline solution. Out of the 2 this spray works best.
The instructions are for infants and babies up to 2 years one spray into each nostril as required. Its is suitable for use from birth. It works by loosening the mucus and you will find it INSTANTLY running out the nose. It was not easy when she was new born getting a small nosal in her nostral to spray with her struggling, it took both of us to do it. You also need to keep the spray as upright as possible or nothing comes put. I'm glad to say now she is taking it without fuss so if you can not get on with it when baby is small don't despair as it will hopefully get easier
As our little ones cold wasn't getting any better we took her to see the doctor. The doctor said don't just use the spray when she is blocked, use it during the day to help flush out the infection. This worked for us and she is breathing more easily at night now. Which means a better nights sleep!
This is isn't the only brand we have used, both have worked well so I do recommend saline sprays and I don't think one is any better than another.
I'm not too sure what is going on this year but my son has had cold after cold. In the middle space he has this constantly runny/stuffy nose too! It's the night time that's the worst because it keep him (and me) awake.
I have put some Karvol decongestant stuff on his bed sheets which helps a lot. I had previously got some nasal drops from the doctor. They are only saline drops which is basically salt water. They thin out the mucus and thus make breathing easier.
My only problem with the drops was getting them into the kids' nose. I would wait until he was on his back after getting dressed for bed and then show him the bottle (I don't like doing a surprise attack) and then try and get a drop into each nostril before he jumps up or wriggles away. Most of the time this would really upset him by the time I'd gotten the drops in he was sitting up and they were probably running right back out.
I was watching a programme on television the other week and saw an advert for a Calpol product. It's a saline nasal spray for young children. I had always been told never to use saline drops on young children or babies unless the doctor has advised you to but I'm guessing that the spray has been produced in a way that makes for safe usage.
I went out the next day and bought it. I found it easily at Boots for £3.99.
According to the instructions:
Suitable from birth
Infants and babies up to 2 years,
. Lay your child down and turn their head to one side,
. Insert nozzle into nostril and press the spray head once,
. Repeat the application in the other nostril
The spray seems to shoot the liquid into the nostril with a bit of force but my little man didn't seem too bothered by it and at least I know it's gone right up there where it's needed. I think he was more upset at being held still.
I would say that the spray worked really well in conjunction with the use of the Karvol. My son went to bed at 8pm one of the nights and didn't get up again until 4am. I was pleased with that as normally with a stuffy nose he'll be up a few more times in the night complaining.
Ingredients : Calpol Saline Nasal Spray is an isotonic saline solution containing 0.9% sodium chloride.
Other ingredients: sodium hydrogen carbonate anhydrous, potassium chloride, calcium chloride, magnesium chloride hexahydrate and purified water.
Each 15ml bottle contains approximately 100 sprays.
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