Supervised nasal saline irrigations in otitis-prone children

Sara Torretta, Lorenzo Pignataro, Tullio Ibba, Francesco Folino, Miriam Fattizzo, Paola Marchisio

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Objectives: To retrospectively investigate the impact of supervised daily nasal saline irrigations (NSI) with 0. 9% saline solution in children with a history of recurrent acute otitis media (RAOM). Methods: A retrospective pilot study was planned to evaluate the possible effect of supervised NSI in reducing the number of acute otitis media (AOM) episodes in otitis-prone children aged 1-5 years, compared to children not instructed to correct NSI performance. Results: Analysis was based on the data contained in 173 charts (57.3% males, mean age of 30.9 ± 7.3 months). 52.0% of children had not been instructed to perform NSI, while the remaining (48.0%) patients had received supervised NSI. At the 4-months follow-up visit a significant reduced number of AOM episodes (1.03 ± 0.14 vs. 2.08 ± 0.16; p < 0.001) as well as antibiotic treatments (1.48 ± 0.17 vs. 2.59 ± 0.18; p < 0.001) was documented in children receiving supervised NSI compared to those not instructed for NSI performance. Conclusions: These data suggest that NSI should be considered in the therapeutic management of children with RAOM, and should be routinely prescribed as a daily adjunctive treatment to reduce acute infectious exacerbations in otitis-prone patients. Accurate parents training is crucial in order to improve children compliance and treatment effectiveness.

Original languageEnglish
Article number218
JournalFrontiers in Pediatrics
Issue numberMAY
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2019


  • Acute otitis media
  • Children
  • Nasal saline irrigations
  • Otitis-prone children
  • Otolaryngology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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