Unicamp warns of serious cases of poisoning of children by nasal decongestants | Campinas and Region

Unicamp warns of serious cases of poisoning of children by nasal decongestants | Campinas and Region
Unicamp warns of serious cases of poisoning of children by nasal decongestants | Campinas and Region
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The Unicamp Toxicological Information and Assistance Center (Ciatox) recorded an increase in the number of self-medication poisoning (see more details below). Among the cases that draw attention are those of children poisoned by the use of nasal decongestants.

According to assistant pediatrician Camila Prado, although they seem harmless, These medications are contraindicated for children under 8 years of age and, even above this age group, they should only be used with a medical prescription.

“It makes the vessels contract, when it only reacts in the vessels. In large doses [nos adultos] It even raises the pressure. The issue is that, in children, small amounts penetrate the brain and end up doing the opposite, causing a drop in blood pressure and other symptoms.”

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