Recently I was consulted about a 3-month-old girl with a curious but distinct story of irritability, excessive crying, and disturbed sleeping patterns of five days' duration. These phenomena represented a striking change from her normal behavior. There were no other symptoms, and she was feeding normally at breast. Examination by her pediatrician on the second or third day of the episode yielded no abnormal findings.
On close questioning it turned out that a day or so before onset of these symptoms in the infant a long-acting oral decongestant had been prescribed twice daily for the mother because of allergic rhinitis.
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