Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Rina | 2009-09-08


Post nasal drip

Good day Doctor,

Why do you always " prescribe"  only salex for a pnd? This is just out of curiosity...

My son has CONSTANT pnd and salex just doesn' t help him at all. Most of the time you say salex for pnd and coughing - don' t you agree that sometimes more is needed? I have followed your advice previously wrt salex - the coughing then turns into bronchitis!!!

Expert's Reply



I wondered when someone would ask this question. The oral decongestant syrups which used to be used for children under 2 years are no longer recommended because they contain old-fashioned antihistamines which cause drowsiness and pseudoephedrine which is a stimulant and is not permitted young children in SA.The decongestant nose drops are not recommended because they may cause an irreversible problem with nasal congestion called rebound rhinitis.I am sure that you would not want to give your child anything that had the potential to cause him/ her any harm. Most coughs and colds in young children are due to viruses and not bacterial infections, so antibiotics cannot help and also cause more side effects than beneficial effects.Children will recover from these viral infections by themselves. Salex is safe and is the right concentration of salt solution to gently wash out the infected mucous present is the nostrils without causing side effects.

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Posted by: Rina | 2009-09-08

Ps: his adenoids and tonsills were removed at 17mnths, he' s now 5.

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