Audio podcast - How to give your child nose drops or spray

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Nose drops or spray are often prescribed after you child has had a nose operation or has an infection.

This is how you should use nose drops or spray:

  1. Wash your hands.

  2. Shake the bottle, remove the top and throw away the plastic seal.

  3. Get your child into position by tilting his head back or by laying him flat on his back. You may need some help to hold your child in position – younger children or babies are best wrapped in a blanket or sheet to keep the arms and legs still.

  4. As your child is breathing through his mouth, squeeze the bottle putting the right amount of drops or spray into the nostril as instructed.

  5. Keep your child in position for a few minutes so that the drops or spray can spread into the nose.

  6. Wipe any excess away with a tissue.

  7. Put the top back on the bottle or spray.

Keep the nose drops or spray tightly closed in a cool, dark place according to the instruction on the label.

Read the instructions on the label carefully and only put drops or spray in the affected nostril.

Remember to keep all medicine out of the reach of children.

Ref: F060366 © GOSH Trust September 2006
Compiled by the Pharmacy department in collaboration with the Child and Family Information Group
This information does not constitute health or medical advice and will not necessarily reflect treatment at other hospitals. If you have any questions, please ask your doctor. No liability can be taken as a result of using this information.