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7 Ways to Prevent Hay Fever Symptoms in Children

7 Ways to Prevent Hay Fever Symptoms in Children

Hay fever is a pesky little allergy that can sometimes spoil the little bit of nice weather we get here in Ireland. The best thing you can do to help prevent symptoms, is to understand how hay fever works, so you can stop it in its tracks.

Hay fever a pollen allergy and can be found in plants, flowers and grass. During the spring and summer months, when growth is plentiful and the flowers are flourishing, hay fever sufferers are at their worst. Pollen is released in the early morning. As the air warms up, the pollen is carried up above our heads. As evening comes and the air cools, pollen comes back down. This means that symptoms are usually worse first thing in the morning and early evening, particularly on days that have been warm and sunny.

To reduce your child's exposure to pollens:

  1. Keep windows closed at night so pollen doesn't enter the house
  2. Buy your child a pair of wraparound sunglasses to stop pollen entering their eyes
  3. Smear petroleum jelly (Vaseline) or another pollen blocker around the inside of your child's nose to trap pollen and stop it being inhaled
  4. Wash your child's hair, face and hands when they come back indoors, and change their clothes
  5. Don't let them play in fields or large areas of grassland
  6. Use air filters to try to reduce pollen that's floating around the house
  7. Keep the car windows shut when driving

Using a nasal spray, such as Stérimar Baby, can help clear nasal passage, to relieve dry and stuffy noses associated with hay fever and seasonal colds. Stérimar is a pure, gentle and natural sea water nasal spray suitable for all the family, even babies, which is drug and preservative free.

What's your best tip for hay fever? Let us know in the comments below! 

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