As parents the last thing we want to do is fill our kids with medicine if we don’t have to. So, if your child suffers from Hay Fever, we have a few Easy Things you can do to help ease their symptoms
What is Hay Fever
Hay fever is an allergic condition that can be really upsetting for children as it causes cold like symptoms such as a runny nose, itchy eyes, congestion, sneezing and sinus pressure.
The difference being hay fever and a cold is that a cold is caused by a virus and hay fever is caused by and allergic reaction to pollen.
Pollen is a yellow powder from plants and causes an allergic reaction usually when it comes into contact with sufferers’ mouth, nose, eyes and throat.
High pollen season is usually between March and September each year which is when pollen is transported the most by the wind, insects and other animals.
The worst times of day are usually really early in the morning and between 5pm and 7pm. With sunny days usually being when the pollen count is at its highest.
Hay fever is really quite rare in child under 5, so if your little one suffers with symptoms like Red, itchy and watery eyes, a runny, blocked or stuffy nose it is more likely they actually do have cold which would mean they would probably have a high temperature as well, but if you’re unsure your GP will be able to help you more with this diagnosis.
Easy Non-Chemical Ways to Reduce your Child’s Hay Fever Symptoms
- There are many medicines which are effective in reducing your child’s symptoms, however, we thought we would share with you the Easy Non-Chemical Ways we try to reduce our Child’s Hay Fever Symptoms in case you would rather try these.
- First off, we use a natural, drug free organic barrier called HayMax Kids Pollen Barrier, we get it off Amazon for like £8 works wonders, all you do is rub it around your little one’s nostrils and it stops them inhaling so much pollen. It is also safe to rub around the eye, just make sure you follow the instructions.
- Make sure you keep your windows in the house and car closed, especially during the worst times of day, in early morning and between 5pm and 7pm
- Might be a bit of a pain but makes the world of difference if you dry your clothes inside on clothes horses as it prevents pollen sticking to them while they dry on the washing lines.
- When your child does come in from time outside, get them to change their clothes and wipe their face, hands and hair with a damp cloth.
- When the pollen count is really high limit the amount of time your child spends outside playing, trying instead to keep them entertain indoors either in your own home or take them to a museum or activity indoors such as soft play or swimming.
- When planning a family day out, think ahead and avoid countryside days out and instead visit the beach where the pollen counts will be lower.
- To help your child’s eyes you can use cold water and cotton wool to gently wipe and invest in sunglasses that wraparound their eyes, you can pick up some cool ones and they are fab for stopping the pollen from going into their eyes.
- If you have pets such as a dog or cat then be mindful that they are skilful at bringing pollen into your home bless them. So, before you let them give them a quick brush outside and wipe them with a damp towel to get any pollen off their fur.
Don’t forget that if hay fever symptoms are allowed to go on untreated its not unheard of for them to develop into other conditions like asthma, sinusitis or even cause ear infections, so if needed make sure you seek medical attention from your GP.
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