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Kids And Allergies: How Do We Fight Them?

May 30, 2020

We're now in Spring, the flowers are blooming, the days are getting longer and we are feeling happier - that is unless you are a hayfever sufferer, then this time of year can be an utter nightmare!

We have been trying to find ways of fighting off the allergies that trouble our children for decades. With old wives tales and myths proving a little useless, some parents struggle with determining the best ways of helping their kids fight off allergies. Afterall, kids love running around outside and getting dirty, but they occasionally forget about their allergies and suffer the consequences when they try to sleep during the night.

So, What Is Hay Fever? Boy being cradled

Hay fever is an allergic reaction to pollen that usually occurs when it comes into contact with your eyes, mouth and nose. Hay fever symptoms can cause a lot of distress, especially in young children, as they can keep them awake at night and prevent them going about their everyday normalities - like playing outdoors.

So, it is important that we do whatever we can to keep our little ones hay fever symptoms under control - how exactly we do this though, is the tricky part. It's best to stay simple, taking small steps to control the amount of pollen that comes into your home.

Try Anti-Allergy Medications

Of course, there are plenty of antihistamines and nasal sprays out there that will help to subside your little ones symptoms - and it is important that we run a trial and error approach to these  medications. You want to eliminate all options until you find the medication that actually works for your little one, there will be one out there, even if it doesn't feel like it in the moment!

Just make sure that the antihistamines you do choose are non-segating. The last thing you want is for your little ones to be feeling drowsy all of the time.

Get Them To Have A Bath Before Bed

Getting your little one in the bath every night before bed may seem like a daunting task, but it really will help them get a good night sleep. Bathing before bed will help you to wash away all of the pollen that may have attached itself to your little one while they have been outside.

Shampooing the hair is also something you should try, as small pollen particles can tend to get stick in the hair. If your little one is a persistent hay fever sufferer and gets pollen stuck in their hair, when they lie in bed at night they risk attaching those particles to their bed sheets - which will make their allergies worse.

Invest In A Good Anti-Allergy Mattress ProtectorAnti-allergy mattress protector

Protecting where your little one rests their head is vital for a good quality night sleep. But, if pollen and other allergens have attached themselves to your child's mattress or pillows, their rest will easily be disrupted. So, it is a good idea to invest in a good quality anti-allergy mattress and pillow protector.

Anti-allergy mattress protectors have a hygiene plus protective filling which is proven to inhibit allergens - so your little one can have a peaceful and sneeze free sleep.

Use An Air Purifier

With summertime emerging it can be difficult to survive in our homes with all of the windows and doors closed, but for some young sufferers it may be the case if their symptoms are extreme.

If your little one has really bad symptoms you may want to consider investing in an air purifier. They may be quite costly, especially if you're going to get a good, branded one. But, they are worth it. Essentially, an air purifier sanitizes the air, cleansing it of dust, mould and pollen - so you can open your windows freely without worrying about your child's symptoms.