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Childhood-diseases

Question
Posted by: Ang | 2018/06/16

Q.

4 month old prescribed aspelone but screamed all night after it was given

My 4 month old baby has a constant congested nose affecting her feeding. We have tried all the usual remedies which help sometimes but now she has another cold and the doctor suggested 3 days of aspelone (2ml) to help immediately to give relief. I gave it at 6:30pm last night and it did help so baby could feed. But later in the evening baby woke up crying and screaming and was inconsolable. Is this the aspelone that could have made her so angry/upset? I am worried about using it again.

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician
- 2018/06/18

It is probably the Aspelone that affected your baby in this way. You do realise that Aspelone is a cortisone medicine and should not be given for a blocked nose in such a young baby. Just use a saline nasal spray twice daily to clear your baby's nose. FLO-Baby saline nasal spray usually helps a lot. Also suck any excess mucous from your baby's nose using a nasal suction device such as a Nosefrida. If your baby continues to have such a blocked nose she should be seen by a paediatric allergist. There are experts in all the main centres in SA.

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