10 Tips on surviving hay fever season

Are your kids prone to seasonal hay fever? Runny nose, itchy eyes and lots of sneezing? We look at the symptoms and ways to help keep the sniffles at bay when the pollen counts start to rise.
Are your kids prone to seasonal hay fever? Runny nose, itchy eyes and lots of sneezing?

As we head into the warmer months seasonal hay fever starts to strike. 

It is commonly caused by pollen, which if it comes into contact with your kids eyes and nose, can set off an allergic reaction.

The beginning of hay fever season can start at different times around the country and the amount of pollen in the air can vary throughout the day, typically with the highest pollen counts between 10am and 4pm.

We look at the symptoms and ways to help keep your kids sniffles at bay when the pollen counts start to rise.


Hay fever symptoms

Most symptoms in baby and toddler hay fever (also known as allergic rhinitis) are the same as for adults.

The most common hay fever symptoms are itchy eyes and a runny or stuffy nose.

Other signs include watery eyes, reddened lower eye lids, an itchy throat, snoring, frequent sneezing (particularly in the morning), ear infections or earaches and occasionally rashes and swelling of the face.

Because pollen counts can vary from day to day, symptoms can also vary.

Some kids show multiple symptoms whilst others only show a few.

Some are susceptible to a variety of different pollens, and some are affected by just one or two.


10 Tips on surviving the hay fever season

1. If you suspect your little one has hay fever take them to be examined by a doctor and prescribed age-appropriate antihistamines and nasal sprays.

2. At home, if they have itchy, swollen eyes, you can apply a cool damp cloth to offer some temporary relief.

3. Kids sunglasses can help protect their eyes from the pollen dust when they're outside and offer some relief too.

4. Try to keep your little one away from freshly cut grass.
5. Try to keep windows and doors closed when the pollen count is high to prevent it from entering the house. This applies to the car doors and windows too.
6. Wash bed linen weekly in hot water (above 50 degrees C) to kill dust mites and remove pollen.
7. Dry laundry inside on days when the pollen count is high as washing on the line is a target for blowing pollen.
8. Put a dab of petroleum jelly around the edge of your child’s nose to catch pollen granules before they enter your kids nostrils.
9. Shower and wash your children’s hair after they’ve been playing outside on high pollen count days to remove any traces of pollen.
10. Synthetic fabrics tend to build up static electricity which in turn attracts pollen, so try to dress kids in natural fabrics.

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