Medicine: Nose-Drop Warning

"Largely as a result of commercial advertising, there has been an enormous increase in the use of various oily preparations for application to the nasal passages.

In infants, such applications are not free from danger, for experience has shown that the oil may be drawn into the lung and give rise to a fatal pneumonia. For this reason most pediatric services now prohibit the use of oily substances in the noses of infants under two years of age.''—Dr. John Levi Rice, New York City Health Commissioner, in a warning to his community last week.

Nasal oils can accumulate in the lungs and remain...

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