MADISON COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - As fall allergy season approaches, officials are warning parents to keep eye and nose drops and sprays out of the reach of children.
Common over the counter products that contain the ingredients tetrahydrozoline, oxymetazoline or naphazoline are posing serious risks for curious kids.
The ingredients are commonly found in products such as Visine, Dristan and Mucinex.
Officials said children who swallow even a small amount of the medicines can be seriously at risk. Side effects include vomiting, lethargy, increased heart rate, and coma. More than half of the cases reported to the FDA resulted in hospitalization.
If a child accidentally swallows over the counter redness-relief eye drops or nasal decongestant spray, call the National Capital Poison Center 1-800-222-1222 and seek emergency medical attention immediately.