Fatal infant nasal seawater spray instillation
Article first published online: 2 JAN 2007
Volume 95, Issue 6, pages 751–752, June 2006
How to Cite
Novak, M., Cvitkovic, M., Galic, S., Saric, D., Cadez, J. and Dorcic, D. (2006), Fatal infant nasal seawater spray instillation. Acta Paediatrica, 95: 751–752. doi: 10.1111/j.1651-2227.2006.tb02327.x
- Issue published online: 2 JAN 2007
- Article first published online: 2 JAN 2007
- Received 19 October 2005; Revised 24 December 2005; Accepted
- Apparent life-threatening event;
- nasal seawater spray
The use of seawater nasal spray is considered safe and sold as a non-prescription medicine. However, it is well known that nasal manipulations can provoke vagal reaction leading to acute life-threatening events. A case of fatal seawater nasal spray application in an infant is presented.
Conclusion: We do not consider the use of seawater nasal spray to be absolutely safe, especially among infants with disordered autonomic function.