"I had to help my child!": The role of emotions, risk, and trust in use of nasal decongestants in children

Ieva Salmane-Kulikovska, Signe Mezinska

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    Recent studies suggest that a number of common coldmedicines, including nasal decongestants are not suitable for small children. In Latvia nasal decongestants are primarily over-the-counter (OTC) medicines, and patient information leaflets generally permit use of these medicines for small children. The previous studies in Latvia investigating the use of medicines in cases of common cold demonstrated extensive use of decongestants in children less than six years of age, marking a necessity for more profound research. As a result a qualitative study was implemented in 2011 to identify sources of information that offer advice for the use of decongestants in children. The caregivers' perception of risks, trust, and the role of emotions associated with use of these medicines was considered. The study results suggested that emotions have a considerable effect on the decisions of caregivers. Even though caregivers are aware of the risks associated with the use of decongestants, they still frequently administer these medicines for the sake of the comfort of both the child and the caregiver. It is essential to raise a discussion about the inappropriate use of common coldmedications in small children in Latvia.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)41-52
    JournalJournal of Child Health Care
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2013


    • Carers
    • Child health
    • Decision making
    • Medication

    Field of Science*

    • 3.3 Health sciences
    • 5.1 Psychology

    Publication Type*

    • 1.1. Scientific article indexed in Web of Science and/or Scopus database


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