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TIPS-tested natural decongestants 2008

After many months of testing (the summer is not the best time to catch coughs and colds!) we have finally collated the results for our first trial of natural decongestants. Sniffles will inevitably start affecting your babies and toddlers over the coming months, so this is the perfect time to publish our results. I hope our detailed guidelines complete with independent recommendations will help minimise any distress to your little darlings when they are suffering from blocked noses.

Preparations for this trial began last January when I started to source what I believe to be the best and most natural decongestants. Six very different decongestants were tested (plus one retrospective trial) in the hope that one will work perfectly for you and your child.

The following seven awards have been allocated
(click on one of the links below to find out more):

Best of the best – Snufflebabe Vapour Rub

Best budget – Olbas Oil for Children

Editors choice – Rhinodoron nasal spray

Best Innovative – Baby nose-clear® Aspirator
Clever Idea and Innovative – Baby nose-clear ® Vapour ring

Highly commended – Baby nose-clear® Massage Oil

Highly commended – Baby nose-clear® Snuffle blend room vapour

Highly Commended – Sterimar Sea Spray

TIPS to go - follow this link to download a summary of the awards

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You can also find out more about the testing process in the following sections:


Overview

I would like to thank each supplier for providing the test samples for this trial. Without their co-operation and confidence in the TIPS testing programme, this in-depth study of the best decongestants would not have been possible. We sent out six product samples to 12 parent Testers with detailed guidelines to read before they started testing. Testers answered 23 questions for each product they tested. We received 56 completed questionnaires out of the 72 we had sent out (a 77 per cent return rate which is great considering the complexity of this trial). As a result, I had to read over 1200 comments in order to decide how to allocate the awards.
We expect the information collated through this trial to prove invaluable. The strengths and weaknesses of each product have been highlighted through the TIPS testing process. Companies will be able to use this information to improve their products in the future.

I would also like to thank the team of dedicated TIPS parent Testers whose comments and detailed feedback allow the TIPS testing programme to achieve a level of independence and impartiality that is second to none. I hope visitors to the TIPS website find our comprehensive review of these decongestants useful.
Please note that products tested by TIPS are not free or promotional products, but samples for the sole purpose of independent testing. All Testers must agree and sign a copy of the TIPS Award Scheme terms and conditions before taking part in a TIPS trial.

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Criteria

Allocating the awards was done by taking into account the final scores, analysing Testers’ comments and applying the following criteria:
  • Best of the best: this is allocated to products that score highly and are unanimously praised by Testers. The design, ease of use and care of the product are considered, as well as the quality of customer service provided by the supplier and the quality of information given to customers (both on the pack and online).
  • Best Innovative: this was allocated to the product that shone out from the rest due to some innovative feature that testers particularly praised
  • Budget buy: this is given to a product which offers best value for money
  • Highly commended: this is given to products worthy of an award, but not best in their category

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Methodology

Testers received samples with: detailed guidelines explaining exactly what to look for in each product when carrying out the tests and detailed questionnaires with information about price, brand, distributor and any additional instructions. Some of the products were licensed. We included very detailed information to make sure that Testers were aware of advice provided by the manufacturers (this is included below).

The following text was included in the Testers’ guidelines:
I have tried to source what I believe to be the most natural and non-invasive decongestants on the market today, but ultimately these are my own personal favourites. I have chosen products that are effective, contain the safest ingredients, are as natural as possible, and are relatively non-invasive. Nasal congestion is a very common problem and I look forward to collating your feedback and comments on how you were able to deal with this when testing the various decongestants. Do let me know of any products that you have found worked well for you, but have not been included in these tests.


Nasal congestion and its consequences in babies and young children
Watching your baby struggle for breath when they are suffering from a blocked nose (also known as upper respiratory tract infection [URTI]) is very distressing. Breastfeeding is the best way to relieve congestion. Breastfeeding also passes on natural immunity to whatever cold virus your baby is suffering from. However, if this is not possible I have sourced the best decongestants for you and your baby. These methods should ease your baby’s condition by helping to clear excess mucus. This should make feeding and settling easier, letting your little treasures get the rest they need while their system recovers from the snuffles.

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Safety first

The decongestants you will be testing are designed to help treat minor congestion You should your doctor immediately if:

  • your baby’s breathing becomes labored
  • their respirations are unusually rapid
  • their temperature is above 40°C
  • coughing is interrupting your baby’s sleep
  • they are crying and will not settle

Check each product for ingredients your baby may be allergic to.

Only use one inhalation treatment at a time

If you use a room humidifier, remember to clean them thoroughly after use to avoid adding bacteria to the room next time you use it
Follow your instincts. If you are concerned contact your doctor

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The nose and upper respiratory tract

Tiny hairs (called nasal cilia) inside the nose transport mucus and debris to the back of the throat where it is automatically swallowed or coughed up. The nose warms, moistens and filters the air your baby breathes, acting as the first line of defence. This helps to control the levels of bacteria, viruses, pollen, smoke particles or potentially damaging pollutants. When the levels are too high colds, coughs or allergic reactions can happen. Your baby may sneeze, have a runny or a blocked -up nose. Very young babies breathe through their mouth. This can make it even more difficult for them to breathe when they have a cold. It will be necessary to use artificial methods of warming, cleaning and filtering the air until the tiny hairs inside the nose are able to do this again.

These artificial methods include:

  • aspiration of secretions using simple devices (involving gentle manual sucking)
  • humidifying the air either with steam or a warm shower (cool air humidifying works well too)
  • using room vaporizers
  • keeping your baby upright to help the flow of secretions
  • inhalation of decongestants
  • cleansing the nose with a saline solution that has the same concentration as your baby’s natural secretions.

You will probably need to try several methods to find out what works best for your baby, and you will know when to try a simple treatment or when to seek an appointment with your doctor. Usually, a cough or cold runs its course and the infection stays in the upper respiratory tract (URTI). If the URTI becomes a lower respiratory tract infection (LRTI) your baby may need further treatment and even antibiotics.

If you can keep their symptoms under control, your baby is less likely to need further treatment.

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Simple treatments

  • Warm air humidifying: stay in the bathroom with the shower on (or in the kitchen with a kettle boiling continuously to produce steam) for about 15 minutes and repeat as necessary. Remember to sit your baby on your lap and unwrap them so they can breathe better.
  • Cold air humidifying: cold water vapour might help too. Dress your baby in warm clothes and take them outside for a few minutes.
  • The ‘wet sock treatment’: just before bedtime, warm your baby's feet in warm water and dry them well. Wet some thin, cotton socks in very cold water. Make sure you have a pair of wool or heavy weight dry socks, warm pyjamas and an extra blanket at hand. Put the wet socks on the baby's feet and immediately cover them with the warm, dry ones. Tuck your baby in their warm bed with an extra blanket. If you breastfeed the baby or give them a bottle, make sure you wrap them warmly close to you while they feed. Do not let them get cold. This treatment increases the blood circulation and stimulates the immune system. It also reduces congestion in the upper respiratory tract and has a gentle sedative effect.
  • Raise the head end of the cot a few inches – for example; put a book under the mattress. This allows secretions to flow more easily and helps your baby sleep.
  • Hold your baby upright as much as possible to help the flow of secretions.

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Treatment by inhalation of natural vapours

  • Snufflebabe vapour rub - this gentle vapour rub contains eucalyptus oil (2%), menthol (1.5%) and thyme oil (0.5%) in white soft paraffin. It can be used from three months old. To relieve nasal congestion simply rub a small amount on your child’s chest and neck (avoid the nose area). You can also put some Snufflebabe on a tissue or handkerchief that you tie to the cot (do make sure your baby cannot touch it). If symptoms persist you should consult your doctor. Always read the label.
  • Olbas for Children - this gentle formulation of pure plant oils contains clove oil, eucalyptus, juniper berry and cajuput. It can be used from three months. Olbas for Children is a gentler formulation of Olbas Oil. Place four drops on a tissue and hold close to the nose without touching, so the vapours can work. At night, sprinkle the recommended dose onto a tissue that you leave in your baby’s room, making sure they cannot reach it.

Manufacturer’s advice - Olbas for Children is designed as a vapour inhalant, so direct contact with the skin or clothing is best avoided. Don't use Olbas for Children on nightwear or bedclothes. If children get a little on their skin, just wash it off with cold water. Do not use Olbas for Children if the child is allergic to any of the ingredients. Like all medicines, you should keep Olbas for Children out of sight and reach of children. If symptoms persist, you should consult your doctor. Always read the label.

 

Stimulating the immune system helps to clear baby nasal congestion. The Baby nose-clear Massage Oil relieves congestion through natural therapy.
Baby nose clear® Massage oil should be used for baby massage. It helps clear congestion to ease breathing, helping feeding and sleep. It contains a blend of pure essential oils which are antibacterial by nature and a safe sunflower oil base. It is safe to use from three months

This is made with pure and natural essential oils, which are by nature antiseptic. It is 100 per cent pure and does not include any toxic synthetic fragrances or propellants, unlike most commercial fragrances. It is a firm favourite of a number of adults.
When your baby is congested, it is helpful to humidify their room. So the simplest and most effective way to diffuse the Snuffle Blend is to add a few drops to a damp towel over a radiator or to a bowl of warm water. Alternatively, it can be used with humidifiers or vaporisers.
This pure oil blend is highly concentrated and a little goes a long way.

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Treatment by nasal cleansing

Nasal cleansing has been used for many years. The ancient ‘Neti’ pots were known to promote drainage of the sinuses and speed up healing of inflamed tissues. Doctors agree that regular nasal cleansing (also known as douching or irrigation) reduces the need for conventional decongestants
New products make it possible to use a spray for nasal cleansing. This is safe to use on babies as young as three months. One study compared the efficiency of nasal cleansing using traditional and atomized preparations. Sprays were found to be more beneficial. Being in contact with the nasal mucosa for longer, fine droplets of solution have more time to penetrate the superior and middle nasal cavity. Both methods are safe to use and there are no documented adverse side-effects.

  • Rhinodoron Nasal Spray by Weleda (Suitable from three months)

Weleda recently redesigned the pump mechanism of this nasal spray. Rhinodoron is now suitable for younger babies. Use one spray in each nostril two or three times a day.
Rhinodoron Nasal Spray is also suitable for pregnant or breast-feeding mums. It contains only organic aloe vera and natural saline solution that perfectly match the balance of salts in the body. Sodium and potassium chloride are important natural components of human bodily fluids. Rhinodoron is made with pure distilled water plus sodium and potassium chloride in a concentration identical to that in the body – known as an isotonic solution. All ingredients are genuinely natural, with no synthetic additives or preservatives.

  • Sterimar® sterile saline nasal spray (suitable from three months of age)

The unique micro diffusion technique of Sterimar® provides an aseptic dose of sea water delivered in a gentle fine spray directly onto the inside of the nose. With a shelf life of three years this is a cost effective method of nasal cleansing for all the. The Sterimar nozzle is anatomically designed and self-blocking so that it is safe for babies’ and adults’ nostrils. Packs of nozzles in different colours are available for added hygiene.
The level of sodium chloride in Sterimar® is the same as in the human body and trace elements include copper, manganese, gold and silver which are valued for their antibacterial, anti-allergy and anti-inflammatory properties.

How to use Sterimar®:

  • Lift off protective cap
  • Place the nozzle gently in the nostril
  • Press the nozzle briefly
  • Allow the excess solution to drain away, taking the mucus with it
  • Clean the nozzle in soapy water, rinse and dry
  • Spray each nostril 2-6 times a day

The spray can be used lying down or in an upright position
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Treatment by nasal aspiration:

Nasal aspiration can be used to remove excess secretions from babies and young children who have not yet learned how to blow their own noses. Even if they sneeze, this is not strong enough to clear their nose, especially when they are congested due to viral infections. There are many nasal aspiration products to choose from, ranging from the simplest bulb aspirator to complex suction machines, which are expensive and only used for specific medical problems.

Necessity is the mother of invention and this is certainly the case with Baby nose-clear®. Designed in 2004 by the mother of premature triplets, this ingenious device provides a simple yet effective way to clear nasal secretions. This Nasal Aspirator uses the same principal as suction machines in hospital baby units but the suction is controlled by the user so as to avoid any possible risks to the delicate airways of a baby. The nozzle is placed inside the baby’s nostril, and the mouthpiece at the opposite end of the device is sucked by the user. The level of suction can be monitored via the transparent plastic while the secretions are collected in a sealed chamber. A specially designed filter stops any secretions from re-entering the parent end of the suction tube.
The device is easy to clean: unscrew the nozzle, wash and dry thoroughly. If it is going to be used for several babies, the Nasal Aspirator should be sterilized.


Completing the questionnaire

There are four sections in the questionnaire:

  • The product - we would like to know what you think of the design, concept and cost of the product.
  • Information - both online and with the product
  • Use of the decongestants - this includes questions about ease of use, implications for use, comparison with more conventional methods of decongestant, effectiveness, and cleaning.
  • Feedback: this section includes questions about your favourite features, suggestions for further modifications, and whether you would recommend this product.

You will see from the information in these guidelines that there are many aspects of design to assess when testing this seemingly simple product. A well-designed decongestant should fulfil all the needs of parent and baby, by providing a more effective way of treating congestion. Every product must be safe, easy to use and effective. This can only be achieved if manufacturers use top quality ingredients and pay close attention to the design of their products.

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References:

Helium.com (2008). Wet sock treatment - http://www.helium.com/items/830917-comes-parents-often-reach (accessed on 24/3/08)
Inter-Natural (2008). Reviews on nasal rinsing: http://www.internatural-alternative-health.com/neti/reviews-on-nasal-rinsing.cfm (accessed on 24/3/08)
Taccariello M et al (1999). Nasal douching as a valuable adjunct in the management of chronic rhinosinusitis. Rhinology,37:1; 29-32.
Barclay L & Lie D (2005). Atomized nasal douche may be better than lavage for acute viral rhinitis. Arch Otolaryngol Head neck Surgery, 131: 788-790.

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Awards


Snufflebabe Vapour Rub
(suitable from three months)

RRP: £2.25 for 24gms
Supplied by William Ransom & Son PLC
www.snufflebabe.co.uk
Award: Best of the Best


Specially designed for babies over three months of age, this easy to use vapour rub comes in a wide tub which makes dispensing it child’s play. Gently fragranced its decongestant effect is immediate providing safe vapours which really do help unblock stuffy noses. Ideal for babies and toddlers alike Testers were unanimous in praising this effective remedy. The Snufflebabe range also includes a vapour rub stick and a soothing nose balm.

While one Tester expressed her concern over the use of white paraffin in the formulation, the overwhelming feedback regarding ease of use, effectiveness and value-for-money guaranteed Snufflebabe the top award.

This is what some of the Testers said:

  • The scent is fantastic, you can really smell the essential oils
  • The rub is just the right texture – thick enough so it doesn’t run everywhere but easy to smooth onto the skin
  • A handy hint for application is to put your hand under your baby’s vest while smoothing on the Snufflebabe so they cannot get the rub onto their fingers.
  • Just a little on her chest was enough to clear her nose and ease her breathing
  • It didn’t take long for her coughing to ease when I added Snufflebabe after she woke up coughing.
  • I applied it every few hours usually when I changed her nappy
  • My baby loved to have the rub applied – it seemed to calm him

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Baby nose-clear® Nasal Aspirator
(suitable from birth)

RRP: £6.99 or £18.99
(for BNC set of three products)
Replacement filter £1.99
Supplied by 4fx Healthcare Ltd
www.4little1.com
Award: Best innovative


Necessity is the mother of invention and this is certainly the case with Baby nose-clear®. Designed in 2004 by the mother of premature triplets, this ingenious device provides a simple yet effective way to clear nasal secretions. Some Testers were initially unsure of how to use this product but found the instructions provided clear and easy to follow. They all agreed this simple aspirator was easy to put together, easy to use -even while cuddling your baby close - and there was absolutely no danger of back flow into the mouth piece. Particularly ideal for very young babies (it can be used from birth) the Baby nose-clear® aspirator instantly cleared secretions from the tiniest nasal passages without the need for rubs or inhalations.
Testers were impressed at this innovative use of the suction device commonly used in special care baby units. Testers gave Baby nose-clear® Nasal Aspirator an overwhelming ‘thumbs-up’ which is why we are happy to award it Best Innovative decongestant.

This is what some of the Testers said:

  • It’s different to anything else on the market and goes to the heart of the problem
  • It got rid of excess mucus from my baby’s nose
  • The valve to stop anything going up the tube and into your mouth really works!
  • It saved my baby’s nose from being constantly wiped
  • It does what it is supposed to do and is simple to use

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Baby nose-clear® Vapour ring 
(suitable from birth) Tested January - February 2013

RRP: £6.99 for 3 rings

Each ring lasts around 24 feeds (72 feeds per pack). BPA Free

Supplied by 4fx Healthcare Ltd
www.4little1.com
Award: Clever Idea and Innovative

 

*Please note: The Baby nose-clear® Vapour ring is designed for bottle fed babies. If you are breastfeeding the best way to clear your babies stuffy nose is to breast feed your baby on demand – this may be more often than usual. If necessary you can use the TIPS Award winning Baby nose-clear® Aspirator

Part of the Baby nose-clear® family of decongestant aids, this non-invasive vapour ring is an innovative clip-on ring that can be used on most standard wide neck feeding bottles. The vapour ring contains a natural blend of pure essential oils (including eucalyptus, peppermint, niaouli, menthol, juniper, myrtle and clove bud) designed to help clear little ones' stuffy noses.
Parent Testers found the vapour ring incredibly easy to fit. It stayed in place when used for young babies although some older babies did try to pull the ring off during feeds. Some Parents did note that the fit was so neat they risked forgetting to remove the Baby nose-clear® Vapour ring. To avoid this happening, one of the Testers suggested supplying the ring in a variety of colours.

The vapour ring was extremely effective at treating mild to moderate cases of blocked noses - the ring makes little noses run and this helps break up stubborn mucus. Babies were able to tolerate bigger feeds as feeding was easier for them. Even Parent Testers who were sceptical before using the vapour ring were soon won over and had to agree this was effective. In fact every parent who took part in this trial would buy this product and would recommend it to family and friends. One Parent Tester actually tried the vapour ring herself and found it very pleasant although not too strong for little nostrils.

Overall what Parent Testers especially liked about the Baby nose-clear® Vapour ring is that it is non-invasive, reusable and really simple to use. It lets you give baby a safe dose of natural decongestant without any fuss or distraction during feed time.

This is what some of the Testers said:

  • It's easy peasy and doesn't upset my Daughter.
  • So easy to use and does not interfere with him drinking.
  • no mess - I can control when the baby is exposed to it.
  • Simple, but effective! I love the Simple design, so easy to use, easy to take out with you.
  • easy to put on and natural vapour
  • Once fitted to his bottle you would not even know it was there. I loved the fact it made it easier for him to breathe.

 

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Olbas for Children
(suitable from three months)

RRP: £2.35 for 10mls bottle or
£2.99 for 15mls
Supplied by G R Lane Health Products Ltd
www.olbas.co.uk
Award: Best budget


Testers found the bottle was the perfect size with a stopper which easily dispensed the oil one drop at a time, with no mess. This non-invasive treatment was easy to use just by adding a few drops to a cloth , without any risk of disturbing your baby. Testers loved the smell which was not overpowering but still effective at unblocking stuffy noses. This decongestant is especially effective at night time when your baby stays in one room. This oil can also be used in hot water.


This is what some of the Testers said:

  • I like the fact that the ingredients are all natural
  • The vapors smell great and are perfect for clearing blocked noses
  • Worked effectively without any fuss
  • Easy to use and non-invasive
  • Great if you want something mild and natural to ease your baby’s breathing
  • The smell – I love it!

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Rhinodoron nasal spray
(suitable from three months)

Tested October – December 2008 (RT)

RRP: £4.95 for 20mls
Distilled water plus sodium and potassium chloride and organic aloe vera in an isotonic solution.
www.weleda.co.uk
Award: Editor's choice


If you are looking for a totally natural decongestant that is not just safe for pregnant mums but babies too, then look no further than Rhinodoron. This nasal spray proved to be extremely simple to use. Despite initial worries about how to administer this product to a wriggly baby, Rhinodoron proved to be a one-handed wonder which youngsters actually enjoyed!
Most Testers were unaware that such a product existed. They commented that the natural credentials of the product should be more prominent on the box.
The dispenser was easy to use. It was small enough for even tiny noses and delivered a fine spray which really did relieve symptoms in minutes.
For this retrospective trial ten samples were tested by pregnant mums and ten samples tested on babies.


This is what some of the Testers said:

Mums -
• It’s the first decongestant I have used without a strong perfume. Also it can be used during pregnancy
• It helped with nasal congestion associated with sinus problems which are worse during my pregnancy
• Being pregnant there was no medicinal decongestant I could use
• It proved more effective than conventional decongestants but was less abrasive to my nasal passages
• Excellent, I can carry it in my handbag!

Babies -
• It was so easy to use and gave almost instant results – it is excellent!
• No need to count drops, just squeeze once or twice
• I anticipated a struggle but didn’t get one!
• It helps to moisten nasal discharge which can be crusty and allows for easier removal
• A lot easier to administer than drops and my toddler looks forward to it!

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Baby nose-clear® Massage oil
(suitable from three months)

RRP: £6.99 for 100mls or £18.99
(for BNC set of three products)
Supplied by 4fx Healthcare Ltd
www.4little1.com
Award: Highly commended


Part of the Baby nose-clear® family of decongestant aids this non-invasive massage oil is a novel twist on the increasingly popular practice of baby massage. Not only is it a great excuse to introduce some enjoyable one-to-one, skin-to-skin contact with your baby but Testers reported that their babies were calmer and less snuffly following treatment.
Testers loved the subtle but pleasant scent of this product (all natural essential oils in a sunflower base). Once it is massaged into the chest area, heat from the skin intensifies the Baby nose-clear® Massage oil vapours. This provides a safe and effective inhalation technique. It helped to clear mild snuffles but also relaxed baby before bedtime, this in turn reduced coughing through the night.

This is what some of the Testers said:

  • Easy to use, this massage oil kept my baby happy and smelling lovely!
  • She loved it and I found it effective for my baby
  • Non-invasive, relaxing and one-to-one time with mummy
  • It was nice to have the excuse to massage my baby before bed
  • She didn’t cough as much on nights when I used this massage oil

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Baby nose-clear® Snuffle blend room vapour
(suitable from birth)

RRP: £6.99 for 10mls or £18.99
(for BNC set of three products)
Supplied by 4fx Healthcare Ltd
www.4little1.com
Award: Highly commended


A refreshing combination of antibacterial lemon, tea tree and pine essential oils, Baby nose- clear® Snuffle blend room vapour is a non-invasive treatment for snuffles that can be safely used from birth.
Testers loved the ‘wonderful’ scent which was not overpowering but did remain in the air all night long. The bottle stopper dispensed oil one drop at a time without any stray drips. Used as part of the Baby nose-clear® family of decongestant aids this room vapour definitely seemed to ease a baby’s breathing. This oil can also be used in a room humidifier.
Safe to use from birth this is a great way to gently treat babies with mild congestion.

This is what some of the Testers said:

  • Pleased to see it contains only natural ingredients
  • You could feel it instantly clearing your nasal passages
  • I could use it anytime and did not need to put something in my baby’s nose or mouth
  • Non-invasive and effective, it can be used without disturbing my baby
  • It treated me at the same time!

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Sterimar® Original Sea Water Microspray
(suitable from birth)

RRP: £5.99 for 100mls
(50ml travel pack and spare 3-nozzle pack available)
Copper (colds), Sulphur (recurrent infections) and manganese (allergies) varieties are also produced.
Supplied by Church & Dwight (UK) Ltd
www.churchdwight.co.uk
www.sterimar.com
Award: Highly commended


Most Testers had never heard of this product or how this form of treatment could be used. This completely natural sea water spray is dispensed using a cleverly designed micro diffuser to deliver 300 sterile doses per 100ml can. If you are using it for more than one person in the family you must remember to change the nozzle.
Initially Testers were unsure about how to use this device and some did find the pump dispenser hard to control. However, once they had learnt to use Sterimar® Original Sea Water Micro spray they were very impressed by the effectiveness of this treatment.
The original variety of Sterimar® (blue can) is for daily cleansing. Other varieties for colds (gold), recurrent infections (yellow) and allergies (silver) are available.
Sterimar® Original Sea Water Micro spray can be safely used from birth and is an ingeniously simple method of nasal cleansing which effectively clears the nasal passages. This treatment was less effective for older children who did not like the strange feeling of water being sprayed up their nose. Early introduction of this method would therefore be recommended, as demonstrated by one Tester’s baby who just loved the Sterimar® spray. She giggled every time the treatment was used!

This is what some of the Testers said:

  • Simple and natural
  • Doesn’t leave your clothes smelling for hours like some other decongestants
  • It certainly washes away a lot of rubbish
  • The spray isn’t too powerful so a gentle press is enough to trigger the spray
  • I use Sterimar® already as it was recommended by my ENT Consultant
  • It was the only thing we used that had any effect on her cough
  • I wouldn’t be without it now and will definitely be buying another can!

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Disclaimer. TIPS Ltd is not responsible or liable for any failings of products that have been submitted for the testing programme. The responsibility remains with the individual manufacturer. Research is constantly changing and whilst every effort is made by TIPS Ltd to ensure the information contained in the guidelines is accurate and up-to-date, parent testers must still be encouraged to seek the advice of their midwife, health visitor, lactation consultant or GP if they have any concerns.

TIPS Ltd© 2008

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Snufflebabe Vapour Rub

(suitable from 3 months)

AW_best-of-the-best_decongestantSnuffleBabe


Olbas for Children

(suitable from 3 months)

AW_best-budget_decongestantOlbas Children decongestant


Rhinodoron nasal spray(RT)

(suitable from 3 months)

AW_editors-choice_decongestantRhinodoron decongestant


Baby nose-clear® Nasal Aspirator

(suitable from birth)

AW_best-innovative_decongestantbaby nose clear aspirator


 

Baby nose-clear® Vapour ring (RT)

 (suitable from 3 months)

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Baby nose-clear® Massage oil

 

(suitable from 3 months)

AW_highly-commended_decongestantbaby nose clear oil


Baby nose-clear® Snuffle blend room vapour

(suitable from birth)

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Sterimar® Original Sea Water Microspray

(suitable from birth)

award graphicSterimar microspray


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