Tips and Advice

How is the common cold transmitted?

Colds are transmitted by air when you inhale tiny water particles containing the virus. These contaminated droplets are found in the air when someone with a cold coughs, sneezes or sputters without covering their mouth. Transmission can also occur when touching an object contaminated by the virus or coming into contact with someone who has a cold. Salinex ProTect TM protects nasal passages to help reduce the spreading and proliferation of cold viruses.

We’re going on a family vacation during school break – how can we prevent colds?

The common cold is a minor contagious infection that can be unpleasant and can ruin a holiday. Cold symptoms include sore throat, sneezing and congestion. The best way to avoid the common cold is to follow rigorously basic hygiene measures.

  • Wash your hands several times a day with soap and water for at least 30 seconds, making sure you wash your palms, between your fingers and the backs of your hands.
  • Opt for paper to dry your hands.
  • Try to avoid shaking hands and kissing people who may have colds. If this is not possible, wash your hands after shaking hands, and refrain from touching your mouth in the meantime.
  • Air out rooms where you spend time, clean shared devices that may have been contaminated (pencils, computer keyboards, telephones, electric switches, doorknobs, remote controls, faucets, etc.)
  • Eat well and exercise to strengthen your immune system.
  • Salinex ProTect TM creates a protective layer in the nasal cavity that helps protect against the spreading and proliferation of cold viruses. If you feel the first symptoms of a cold coming on in the days preceding your departure or during your stay, use Salinex ProTect TM according to the labeling instructions.

How can I reduce the risk of my baby catching my cold?

Simple, well-known actions remain the best way to avoid getting colds. If you make habits of them, you’ll stack the odds in your favour.
But if you do have a cold:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly before taking care of your child.
  • Cover your mouth with the inner crook of your elbow when you cough or sneeze to avoid contaminating your hands, the main transmission vehicle.
  • It's a good idea to wear a mask when caring for your baby and be sure to wash your hands before.
  • Whenever possible, limit your time with your baby to reduce the risk of contamination. Ensure that others with colds around your child do the same.
  • Discard used tissues and masks after use.
  • On a regular basis, wash your child’s toys and other items that you may have touched.
  • Aerate daily the spaces in which your child spends time to prevent him (her) from being contaminated by the ambient air.

My child has a tendency to get repeated ear infections after a cold. How can I protect my child against these complications?

If your child is over 1 year old, proper nasal hygiene can be a valuable ally to protect him against complications such as sinusitis, laryngitis, pharyngitis, coughs and ear infections. Nasal hygiene is an important habit to develop, in the same way as brushing teeth.

My child caught a cold at daycare ... how can I effectively treat the cold and when can my child return to daycare?

If not treated properly, a cold can cause complications such as sinusitis and other upper respiratory infections. Use of Salinex ProTect TM in the early stages of a cold reduces the viral load in nasal secretions and relieves symptoms (stuffy nose, runny nose) while shortening the duration of these cold symptoms. It is up to the parents or a physician to assess the general condition of the child and decide when he can safely return to daycare. When necessary, remind your child to exercice basic hygiene rules (washing hands regularly, coughing into the crook of the elbow, keeping some distance from friends, etc.).

My baby has a stuffy nose, but protests when I try to clean it. What do you recommend?

Nasal hygiene is important for clearing out secretions and it is normal for your baby to flail and object. For your convenience—and to decrease your baby’s discomfort—use a dropper and make sure that the saline solution is at room temperature. Straighten up your baby after administering nasal drops in the first nostril so that he can catch his breath.

My child is 4 years old and has a cold. How can I teach him to blow his nose?

Children are often unable to blow their noses. To teach your child how, sit at a table and put the child on your lap, head tilted slightly forwards. Put something light on the table, like a piece of tissue paper, cotton or paper ball. Ask the child to move the object by blowing through his nose, making sure his mouth is closed.

Does Salinex ProTect TM really prevent colds?

No product can prevent colds. However, it has been clinically proven that Salinex ProTect TM protects the nasal passages to help reduce the spreading and proliferation of cold viruses. Recently introduced in Canada, it is one of the only products on the market for which clinical trials have demonstrated effectiveness, by creating a protective layer in the nasal cavity and helping reduce the spreading and proliferation of the cold virus.

This protection stems from the presence of carrageenan in the composition of Salinex ProTect TM. A study conducted in Austria in 2010 showed that a nasal spray containing carrageenan - a derivative of red algae - helps slow down the virus replication process.1

Salinex ProTect TM is the first nasal spray in Canada containing carrageenan. Since September 2013, Canadian consumers are able to benefit from this breakthrough in the fight against seasonal colds.

1 (en) Eccles R, Meier C, Jawad M, Weinmüllner R, Grassauer A, Prieschl-Grassauer E,« Efficacy and safety of an antiviral Iota-Carrageenan nasal spray: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled exploratory study in volunteers with early symptoms of the common cold »,Respiratory Research, vol. 11,‎ 2010, p. 108

When is the best time to use Salinex ProTect TM ?

Colds are more easily transmitted in confined space such as an airplane and other vehicles for public transportation. Back-to-school in September and the holiday season are also occasions that favour the transmission of cold viruses as contact with others increases.
You can safely use Salinex ProTect TM to protect your upper respiratory tract from the spreading and proliferation of cold viruses at the first sign of a cold.

Will regular use of Salinex ® or Salinex ProTect TM harm my health, irritate my nasal passages or cause an addiction?

Salinex ® products are saline solutions. They are gentle, non-irritating and do not cause addiction.
Salinex ® products are suitable for pregnant women and do not contain any prohibited substances for use in drugs. Salinex ProTect TM is a sterile solution that contains a protective ingredient, iota carrageenan, a natural gelling agent derived from red seaweed. Iota carrageenan is one of the first effective substances found to combat the cold virus. An Austrian company carried out studies in 2010 showing that its nasal spray, containing carrageenan, was effective as a treatment against the common cold virus.*

*(en) Eccles R, Meier C, Jawad M, Weinmüllner R, Grassauer A, Prieschl-Grassauer E, « Efficacy and safety of an antiviral Iota-Carrageenan nasal spray: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled exploratory study in volunteers with early symptoms of the common cold », Respiratory Research,vol. 11,‎ 2010, p. 108 (PMID 20696083, PTMID 2923116,DOI 10.1186/1465-9921-11-108)

Why use Salinex ProTect TM rather than a common nasal decongestant?

Topical nasal decongestants can provide quick relief from congestion because of their vasoconstrictor action. But these products can be addictive, can lead to a rebound effect, show rapid decrease in duration of action, and result in rhinitis medicamentosa after only one week of use. These decongestants also thin out nasal mucosa.* (Le Médecin du Québec, vol. 38, no.1, January 2003.)
Salinex ProTect TM is a gentle purified saline water, which does not cause dependence or addiction and has no effect on the nasal mucosa. It can be used for an extended period according to labeling instructions.

Can Salinex ProTect TM be given to children under six?

Yes, Salinex ProTect TM can be safely given to children from the age of one. Salinex ProTect TM is not on the list of over-the-counter medicines that were the subject of a Health Canada advisory.

Health Canada assessed all over-the-counter cough and cold medicines and decided to change the labeling to exclude children under six for some antihistamines, cough suppressants (antitussives), expectorants and decongestants.

Neither Salinex ProTect TM nor any other products from the Salinex ® line are affected by this advisory.

How do I know if I had a cold or flu?

Flu and colds are often confused because their symptoms are similar. Although both are respiratory infections, the common cold is not as serious as the flu.
Both conditions are usually accompanied by cough, fatigue and sometimes nausea, vomiting and discomfort in the chest.
However, sneezing, runny nose, nasal congestion and sore throat are more typical to seasonal cold symptoms. If you have a fever, experience intense headaches and suffer from aches and pains, you probably have the flu and you should consult a doctor.
Note that in either case, the symptoms and their severity can vary depending on the person’s age and state of health.