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what is the effectiveness of doing nebulized normal saline treatments on children with rsv
Submitted: 9 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  nursetips replied 9 years ago.

Hi. the neb treatments are used in children with RSV to open up the airways. A common medication that they usually use is Albuterol. I have seen them use just normal saline drops in each nostril and then use the bulb to clear out the nose if the child is very congested. RSV is a virus so they can not treat it with antibiotics. They just need to get the airways open so that the mucus doesn't clog the airways. I hope this has helped you

 

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Customer: replied 9 years ago.
Reply to nursetips's Post: I am aware of the saline drops in nose but i wanted to know if just using the normal saline in the nebulizer would have any real effect.
Expert:  nursetips replied 9 years ago.

Hi

Is it JUST normal saline or is there medication mixed into it?

Expert:  Family Physician replied 9 years ago.
There is no medical evidence that nebulized normal saline (0.9%) is effective for RSV, HOWEVER, there are a number of studies that show a higher concentration saline (3% or "hypertonic saline") is effective in reducing symptoms.

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