TABLE 1.

Characteristics and Recent Medical History of a Series of 60 Children Who Experienced Acute Respiratory Infection

Variable
Background characteristics
 Mean (SD) age (y)5.7 (0.8)
 Boys27 (45%)
 Allergic history8 (14%)
 Asthma4 (7%)
 Recurrent respiratory infections or otitis media14 (24%)
 Adenoidectomy8 (30%)
 Tonsillectomy3 (5%)
Medical history for 4 wk before enrollment
 An episode of upper respiratory infection6 (10%)
 An episode of otitis media3 (5%)
 Use of antimicrobials2 (3%)
 Use of antihistamines or nasal corticosteroids0
 Use of nasal decongestants8 (14%)