Top Ways to Battle Baby Hayfever
Can’t stop sneezing? Is keeping your eyes open one of hardest and most painful things? Between the months of May and October, hay fever is a nightmare for lots of the people who are suffering from allergy to pollens. Yes it’s seen on babies and children as well, so your little one might also be affected by it. Here is some advice on understanding your child’s symptoms better and preventing and treating it before it gets more serious.
Does my baby has a hay fever?
Hay fever symptoms in babies and toddlers are exact same as for adults. You can notice it by seeing your little one:
- Sneezing a lot, especially when they are outside
- Having a constant runny nose, with clear snot, rather than normal yellowy-green
- Rubbing their eyes, which are red, watery, itchy and puffy
If these symptoms occur outside the hay fever season, which is spring & summer, then it might mean that your little one has allergy to dust mites or pet hair. If this is the case, we suggest you to opening your windows and washing fluffy toys more often.
What can I do to prevent it?
It might be impossible to prevent it 100%, however there are some tips to help to reduce your little one’s suffering.
- Check pollen forecast regularly from metoffice.gov.uk . When it’s close to level 50, it might be good idea to keep your child away from gardens, park and other grassy areas. However it’s safe to enjoy the nice weather at the seaside.
- After you’ve been outside, it’s a good idea to change your little one’s clothes and wash their face, hair and hands with cool water to remove the pollens.
- A bodysuit, a brimmed hat and sunglasses are the perfect way to protect your little one while outside. Why don’t you try our new Baby Bear Hat made from breathable material, which helps to keep your little one's head warm and comfortable while making them hopelessly cute.
Avoid drying clothes and bedding outside, so that the pollens can not cling to them.
What is the treatment?
Always talk to your pharmacist or GP about the symptoms before using any medication. Most of thehay fever medicines are not suitable for babies under age 1, and the others are not suitable for children under age 12. Your doctor might prescribe nasal sprays or eye drops for your little one.
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