Spring and summer can be a little frustrating because you want to encourage you child to be out doors but every time you do they are struck down by hay fever! Hay fever is more common in older children than babies with more boys being affected than girls interestingly. To read my full blog on hay fever and its medical treatment you can click here or if you just want some top tips to help to avoid pollen then keep reading!
If you suspect hay fever the best thing to do is to limit your child’s exposure to the allergen pollen. This sounds simple, but once children are involved is anything actually easy?! Here’s some top tips to get you started!
- Keep your child inside if the pollen count is above 50 or high. To check the pollen count on any given day you can look up the MET Éireann website – http://www.met.ie/forecasts/pollen.asp
- Let your child wear wrap-around sunglasses to stop the pollen from contacting their eyes.
- Keep windows closed on days of a high pollen count. This one is hard because it’s often quite warm on these days but needs must!
- Don’t hang your child’s clothes or bedding outside to dry as they may become covered in pollen which will cause irritation at night or during the day.
- Don’t keep fresh flowers in the house (a good excuse for the men not to buy any!!)
- Hoover regularly.
- Dust with a damp cloth regularly.
- If outdoors avoid areas where grass is being cut or has recently been cut.
- Keep car windows closed when driving.
- If using the air conditioning in your car set it to re-circulate the air in the car instead of drawing in new air which may be heavy with pollen.
- The best time to play outside is after a heavy down pour of rain – Irish weather comes in handy here! This is when the pollen count will be at its lowest.
- Wash your child’s hands and face once you’ve finished playing outside to remove the pollen. Also change their clothes.
If you cannot get your child’s hay fever under control please do talk to me, your local Pharmacist or your GP. Further information on the medical treatment of hay fever is available here!
I hope you have found this article helpful and if you have any questions at all please don’t hesitate to contact me by sending a private message to the WonderBaba facebook page (www.facebook.com/wonderbabacare) or by calling me (Sheena) at Milltown totalhealth Pharmacy in Dublin 6 on 012600262. I’m always happy to help!