We’re well and truly into the season of hayfever. I know because even as I type, my eyes are itching, watering and my nose is fully blocked up.
I can cope fairly well, though and for the large part, I don’t suffer too badly with hayfever. Louis however, well he really does. And watching him suffer with it is really horrible. With this in mind, I was keen to find as many ways to help him as possible.
So this list of tips to tackle your children’s hayfever has been really useful.
- If you have a child with long hair, tie it up or ensure they wear some kind of hat when outside to prevent pollen particles getting caught in their hair.
- Apply an organic, drug-free allergen barrier balm, such as HayMax Kids, to the nostrils and around the bones of the eyes in the morning, throughout the day and at night to stop pollen before it enters the body. HayMax has been proven to trap over one-third of pollen grains before they enter the body.
- Wash your face (or your child’s face) as soon as you get indoors on high pollen count days. This will wash away allergens so that they can’t cause a reaction, and a cool compress will soothe sore eyes.
- Wash bed linen very regularly.
- Vacuum the house regularly, especially beds and fabrics to remove pollen particles. When was the last time you hoovered the bed!
- Dry your washed clothes indoors rather than on a washing line to prevent pollen particles being blown onto the clothes by the outside wind. When you then come to put them on, the pollen is all over your clothes already!
- Make sure your child stays hydrated and eats lots of fruit and vegetables to stay healthy and support the immune system.
- If you own a pet then ensure that it is well groomed and shampooed as much as possible to remove pollen particles. Patch loves a good bath and to be honest, we wash him a lot anyway as his new favourite thing to do is roll in fox poo!
- Ensure your child gets plenty of exercise; but for outdoor activities, avoid the early morning and early evening when the pollen count is higher.
- Close windows and use an air conditioner preferably with a HEPA (High Efficiency Particle Arresting) filter to capture the pollen and dust particles, cool and circulate the air. I know that’s not necessarily possible, but if you can, it might be worth it.
We’re implementing as many of these tips with Louis as possible. To be honest, the amount he suffers, we’d try anything.
If your child has severe hayfever reactions, get in touch with your GP.
Has your child got hayfever? Here are the symptoms to look out for:
Common hay fever symptoms include sneezing, a runny nose, a stuffed up nose, itchy and watery or streaming eyes, nasal congestion and a general stuffed up feeling in the nose and throat.
Some people also experience itching around the face and mouth including an itchy mouth, itchy roof of mouth, and a burning sensation in the throat. Headaches and wheezing can also occur.
Hay fever symptoms may also include an overall achy feeling, or buildup of pressure in the entire face area. The sinus area is often the most painful. Constant nose rubbing and blowing can also leave sufferers with skin irritation and sensitivity. All of this can lead to tiredness, fatigue, exhaustion. Hay fever can also affect how you sleep and cause sleep disturbance and difficulty getting to sleep. These symptoms can in turn zap your energy levels leaving you feeling low and sluggish. Chronic hay fever sufferers may experience more severe or prolonged symptoms. Source: haymax.biz/allergy-guide/what-is-hay-fever/