Saline nasal sprays work well for congestion or occasional sinus clearing. Although effects do not last long, nasal saline solution is safer for the nose than decongestant sprays. That being said, saline based nose spray is also safe for infants and children.
Simple Saline Products by Blairex
Blairex makes baby formula Simple Saline in addition to its adult targeted formulas. The infant version contains purified water and 0.9% sodium chloride, which makes it similar in saltiness as tears; it does not contain preservatives. It is interesting to note that the company – in addition to saline nose spray – also makes nasal moisturizer gel that is used to relieve adult nasal dryness caused by allergies, sinusitis and also oxygen therapy.
Ayr Saline Nasal Products by B.F. Ascher
B.F. Ascher manufactures saline nasal sprays and associated products under the Ayr name. Choose from an adult formula saline nasal mist, drops, spray and also gel. For infants, the Baby Ayr saline nose spray is the product that promises no stinging and discomfort. It contains 0.65% of sodium chloride, potassium phosphate and antibacterial as well as antifungal preservatives.
Little Noses Saline Nose Spray from Little Remedies
Little Noses works for infants and older children. Use it as a dropper or nose spray. The saline nose spray contains 0.65% sodium chloride in a mix of purified water, glycerin, phosphate, and other ingredients.
Simply Soothing Saline Nasal Sprays from Tylenol
Simply Soothing is a product made for infants and also older children. Tylenol suggests using it for stuffy or dry nose complaints. It contains 0.65% of sodium chloride and purified water, sodium hydroxide, benzalkonium chloride solution and other ingredients.
Ocean for Kids by Fleming Pharmaceuticals
You probably already know the adult formula Ocean saline nose spray; the child’s version is bottled in an applicator tipped container that is smaller and therefore makes for an easier fit into a child sized nostril. Ocean for Kids saline nasal sprays contain 0.65% of sodium chloride, glycerin, purified water, benzalkonium chloride, and other ingredients.
A Word of Caution When Using Pediatric Saline Nasal Spray
It is a common misconception that the saline component makes these nose sprays inhospitable to bacteria. This is not true. C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital advises that bacteria may actually grow in the saline and using one saline nose spray bottle for multiple children can spread the bacteria around. Moreover, any bacteria that enter the bottle may possibly continue to fester within.