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Experts warn blocked nose medicines don't work and may be harmful for children under 12


Researchers in Australia and Belgium have just released a notice to all parents so they stop giving their children medicine which supposed to heal their sinuses or blocked nose. The reason for this is that these can be of danger for them. Some of the medicine mentioned were the Sudafed, Vicks and Olbas Oil. Experts warn blocked nose medicines don't work and may be harmful for children under 12.

In the British Medical Journal, experts said that this type of medicine might work for adults, but it isn’t good for children. They can experience side effects like dizziness, difficulty sleeping, nervousness, restlessness, fear or anxiety, change in heart rate, dry mouth, hallucinations and problems in the stomach. And using them for too long can actually make the blocked nose worse and harder to get rid of. Whilst they explained that they can be used with caution on children under the age of 12 years old, they made it a point that they shouldn’t be use on children under the age of 6 years old.

Children should instead be told their symptoms will get better on their own. Most colds are caused by viruses which can't be treated but cure themselves. Professor Mieke van Driel, of the University of Queensland, said: 'There is no evidence that these treatments alleviate nasal symptoms and they can cause adverse effects such as drowsiness or gastrointestinal upset.' 

The professor said that this medicine has even killed children under the age of 2 years old. For one parent to liberate their children from the discomfort, instead of giving them this medicine there are other natural solutions that can them help with these issues.

Research also shows that children usually get sick with this flu six to eight times a year, whilst the adults get sick between two to four times a year.



Out of 200 different strains of cold, the rhinovirusis one of the most common. Unfortunately, you can easily catch two different strains one after the other.


Common colds are so widespread very few humans escape infection and most will suffer from multiple colds during their life. 

Experts estimate there are at least 20 million colds circulating London alone every year. 


In general, women catch more colds than men.

It's thought this is because they have more contact with young children, who carry more viruses.

Another explanation is that some women – such as those trying to juggle a career with babies – lead more stressful lives than men and therefore have reduced immunity to colds.


One of the easiest ways to catch a cold is through someone sneezing on you. 

Droplets produced by a sneeze can travel at 144km per hour and can reach people within a 30 foot radius. 

A sneeze tends to hit other people at face level and is breathed in by the victim. So next time you sneeze, remember to cover your face! 

However, trials on their effects on children are lacking, especially among those under 12 who have the most common colds.

The study authors wrote: 'Some products that contain decongestant may improve nasal symptoms in children, but their safety, especially in young children, is unclear.'

And they said: 'Do not prescribe decongestants to children under 12, as evidence of their effectiveness is limited and associated risks may exist.’

Vapour rub may relieve congestion but could cause skin rashes, the research added. 

The researchers said it was unlikely that any studies would produce evidence pointing to a modern medicne treatment for the common cold.    

Colds are usually caused by viruses and are mostly self limiting, with symptoms clearing in seven to 10 days.

But the illness can have a substantial impact on work, school, health services, and money spent on medications.

Paracetamol and anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are sometimes prescribed for pain relief, but they do not appear to improve nasal congestion or runny nose.  

Professor van Driel added: 'Based on the currently available evidence, reassurance that symptoms are self limiting is the best you can offer patients, although short term use of decongestants in adults can provide some relief from a blocked nose.'

And here you have our recommended Natural Solutions…


Start by preventing the flu and here is the doTERRA On Guard, a proprietary essential oil blend, provides a natural and effective alternative for immune support when used internally. As one of doTERRA’s best-selling blends, doTERRA On Guard protects against environmental and seasonal threats with essential oils known for their positive effects on the immune system when ingested.


Peppermint: This is arguably the most popular oil to use for the common cold. After all, it can help with several symptoms. With a high concentration of menthol, it helps clear up your airways and relieve a variety of pains and aches.


Lemon: Known as the “cure-all” fruit, lemon has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties. It is ideal for fighting viruses, and can help with congestion, sore throat, and pains that stem from illness.


Eucalyptus: Comprised of a high concentration of eucalyptol, eucalyptus oil is an effective remedy for deep coughs. It is also a great congestion-reliever.


Lavender: A highly versatile oil, lavender helps relieve some ancillary symptoms that come from the cold. Thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, it can help with headaches, anxiety, sinus pain, and other pains.


Oregano: A powerful antimicrobial and antiviral essential oil, research shows that oregano can drastically ease upper respiratory symptoms such as cough and sore throat.


Frankincense: Harboring many healing and restoring properties, frankincense has a number of cold-fighting agents – including astringent, antiseptic, and expectorant. A great secondary benefit of frankincense is that can be useful for curbing stress and worry about missing social events or work when you become ill.


Clove: With antifungal, antiviral, antimicrobial, and other properties, clove can help with toothaches, coughs, headaches, and achy muscles. Note that for some people, clove can be irritating to the skin, so you might perform a patch test before full use.


Sandalwood: A stuffy nose and chest congestion can make it difficult to sleep at night. Like other calming oils (such as lavender and frankincense), sandalwood promotes calm and relaxation.


Basil: Known as a cooking ingredient for Italian recipes, basil can also help with sore and fatigued muscles. Diffusing or applying topically to your chest will help clear up your airways and relieve congestion.


Thyme: Like many of the oils listed above, thyme can work as a decongestant while providing natural stress relief when you are suffering from sickness. Apply to your chest or diffuse in your office or home to ease your symptoms.


Best ways to Apply Your Oils for the Common Cold

As you probably already know, there are many ways to apply essential oils. When it comes to fighting a cold, here are a few suggestions:

  • Topical: When applying topically, you’ll likely want to dilute your oil(s) with a carrier oil. For example, when ordering your oils from doTERRA be sure to add a bottle of Fractionated Coconut Oil to your list. For sinus issues, it’s best to apply to your chest and back of neck.

  • Diffuser: This is pretty self-explanatory. If you are applying a blend, it’s good to add 4 to 5 drops of oil to a standard size diffuser. If you are using your own 2 to 3 oil recipe, add 2 to 3 of each oil.

  • Internally: This method can be used either by putting the drops in a glass of water, or in veggie capsules or even some certian types of oil directly on the tongue or under the tongue. Very important, to be always use safe methods for your children as dowses differ. Make your research before.

Thank you for your time - We are here to educate and share our experiences. If you need any help on getting started with some natural solutions for you and your family, do not hesitate to contact us.