The report estimates that dangerous incidents involving decongestant capsules may run into hundreds. This type of medication should not be given to children under five, it warns.Reuse content
KARVOL, a popular decongestant for small children, can be dangerous if used incorrectly, a doctor from Newfoundland, Canada, has warned. He describes in the Lancet the case of a three- week-old baby with a cold, whose parents applied the contents of a Karvol capsule into the child's nose to help him breathe (it should be dabbed on to a handkerchief, out of reach of the child). He suffered a respiratory arrest - a reaction to the 'natural oils' he had inhaled.