Your Health 10-26-12: Nasal sprays, eye drops harmful to kids

Keep your nasal sprays and eye drops out of the reach of young children at all times.

The Food and Drug Administration sends out this new warning today.

Health experts say over-the-counter eye drops or nasal decongestant sprays can pose a serious health threat to children who swallow them.

The products -- sold under brand names such as Visine, Dristan and Mucinex, as well as generic and store brands -- contain active ingredients called imidazoline derivatives.

FDA pharmacists say there were 96 reported cases in which children ages one month to five years accidentally swallowed products containing imidazoline derivatives in the United States between 1985 and 2012.

Fifty-three of the children had to be hospitalized due to symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, sleepiness, fast heart beat and coma.