The hot weather is lovely and most of us enjoy the sunshine and spending time outdoors. Sadly this isn’t the case for everyone, for people with hay fever the hot weather brings with it a higher pollen count which can results in a lot of nasty symptoms.
Maxx was recently diagnosed with hay fever after he spent a couple of days sneezing, complaining of itchy puffy eyes and a nose that wouldn’t stop running. Thankfully his hay fever has settled down a lot and it hasn’t been as bad since the first week.
It’s difficult for children who suffer from hay fever as they want to be outside playing but that can make their symptoms worse. There are a few things you can do to try and minimise the symptoms of hay fever allowing little ones to still have fun and enjoy the sun.
Cover up when out and about
If you’re heading out and the pollen count is high there are a few things you can do to try and minimise the symptoms for your little one. Have them wear wrap around sunglasses and a hat when out and about as this will stop pollen getting into their eyes and clinging to their hair. Smearing petroleum jelly around their nostrils can also help as it catch pollen before it enters their nose.
Keep windows and doors closed
Although you will be tempted to open the doors and windows when it’s so hot this will let pollen into the house so keeping doors and windows closed will minimize the pollen entering your home. It is also important to keep windows closed when travelling in the car.
Keeping it clean
It’s hot and there’s a slight breeze so the temptation is there to wash the bedding and hang it out to dry however this could result in pollen clinging to it. If possible dry clothing and bedding indoors or dry them outside on a day that the pollen count is low.
At the end of the day
When you and your little one have come in for the day changing your clothes is a good idea as pollen can cling to your clothes. Cleaning hands and faces each time you come indoors can also help get rid of pollen particles.
If you suspect your child has hay fever the first step is to make an appointment with your GP to get an official diagnosis as it could be a non-pollen related allergy.
The symptoms of hay fever are:
If your little one is diagnosed with hay fever try some of the tips mentioned above which could help minimise some of the symptoms.
Does your little one suffer from hay fever? Do you have any tips or advice that has helped them?