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Countering Colds With Common Sense

With Flurry of News About Dangers of Medicating Children, Fleming

Pharmaceuticals Offers Cold Prevention Strategies

ST. LOUIS, Sept. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- With over-the-counter cold and flu medications currently under scrutiny by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use with young children, Fleming Pharmaceuticals, maker of OCEAN(R) Nasal Spray, is encouraging parents to help prevent their children from catching colds in the first place.

"The common cold is practically impossible to cure because more than 200 viruses can cause it," states Kenneth Haller, MD, associate professor of pediatrics at Saint Louis University School of Medicine in Missouri. "Since it's equally impossible to avoid exposure to all those viruses, the best course of action is to limit your risk for becoming infected."

Haller offers these common sense tips that many people tend to ignore:

-- Eat a healthy diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

Good nutrition is the foundation for a strong immune system.

-- Drink lots of water, which helps to keep your body hydrated. Water also

helps distribute nutrients throughout your body and flushes away


-- In the winter months, dry air can cause nasal membranes to become

thinner and less effective at fighting off viruses. Use a saline nasal

spray like OCEAN(R) Nasal Spray to keep membranes in the nose moist

during cold, dry weather.

-- A cool mist humidifier in the bedroom during colder weather can also

help keep nasal membranes well-hydrated.

-- Plenty of good sleep is vital, as is regular exercise, both of which

help strengthen your immune system.

-- Be aware of your hands. Keep them away from eyes, nose and mouth -- the

most common portals for germs to enter into your body. Also, wash your

hands throughout the day -- before eating, after sneezing or coughing;

after using the bathroom and touching high-use facilities such as

cafeteria tables, doorknobs and playground equipment. Pack hand

sanitizers in your children's backpacks so they can use them at school.

-- Cover your nose and mouth when you sneeze and cough to avoid spreading

viruses through the air. Ideally, use a tissue. If a tissue isn't

available, sneeze into the elbow of your sleeve, not your hand, or turn

your head away from people near you.

-- Stay home. The average child catches five to eight colds every year,

largely because cold germs spread so easily through schools and day

cares. Consider keeping a sick child home from school during the most

contagious stage of the disease to avoid infecting others.

"If, or should I say 'when,' your child does catch a cold, one of the simplest, safest treatments to use is a saline nasal spray like OCEAN(R)," Dr. Haller recommends.

"The OCEAN(R) line of products is a safe, non-medicated way to moisturize dry nasal passages. Ocean(R) Nasal Spray, Ocean(R) for Kids, and Ocean(R) Gel can be used as often as needed," adds Phill Dritsas, president of Fleming Pharamceuticals. "They are specially formulated and can be used for newborns and children. Unlike prescription and over-the-counter cold medicines, there are no known side effects when used as directed."

The ingredients in OCEAN(R) products provide young cold sufferers with instant soothing relief to irritated nasal passages. The OCEAN(R) non-medicated line of products is available at most drugstores, including Brooks/Eckerd Drugs, CVS, Longs Drugs, Pathmark, Rite-Aid, Safeway and Walgreens.

For more information, call 1-800-343-9497 or visit

About Fleming Pharmaceuticals

Fleming Pharmaceuticals, based in Saint Louis County, Missouri, is the manufacturer of the popular OCEAN(R) Premium Saline Nasal Spray, MAGONATE(R) Magnesium Supplement, NEPHROCAPS(R) Softgels, ThyroShield(TM) Potassium Iodide Oral Solution and other specialty prescription and over-the-counter drugs for clinical indications in allergy, pediatrics, nephrology and general nutrition care. For more information, visit

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