Natural ways to help your little one's hay fever
Well summer is finally upon us, but these lovely sunny days bring with them much discomfort for hay fever sufferers. Whilst hay fever is more common in older children, it is still perfectly possible for babies and toddlers to have hay fever, and it is distressing to see our little monkeys suffer. However, there are some simple, natural ways in which you can help your little one if you think they may be affected in this way.
What is hay fever?
Hay fever, or seasonal allergic rhinitis, is officially an allergy to grass pollen, although tree pollen can also be a culprit. It occurs during the summer months, usually between May and October, with July and August being peak months for pollen levels. Pollen is released from grasses in the early morning, and travels up in the air on warm air currents, coming back down as the air cools in the early evening. For this reason the peak times of day for pollen levels are the early morning and early evening, as this is when the pollen surrounds us the most, and it is at its highest on warm, sunny days.
What are the symptoms?
The symptoms are the same for babies and toddlers as they are for adults, and may include itchy, watering eyes, sneezing and a runny nose which is clear and watery. Hay fever symptoms will occur at the same time every year on warm days during the summer months. If these symptoms are continuously present at other times of year it is more likely they are caused by an allergy to house dust mites or pet fur. Always see your GP if your little one has any symptoms, as it is important to have a correct diagnosis and to rule out the possibility of a virus or infection.
How can I help my little one?
- Encouraging your child to wear sunglasses (preferably the wraparound type) and a hat with a wide brim will help to keep pollen away from the eyes and face.
- Wash your little one's face and hands with cool water and change their clothes when they come back in from playing outside. If you are able to wash your child's hair at this point that will help too, but certainly wash it before bed to get rid of any lurking pollen.
- Keep your windows closed at night and when travelling in the car.
- You may wish to consider using an air filter inside your home to trap any pollen that has entered during the day.
- Try not to hang your child's clothing outside to dry during days when the pollen count is high as pollen will cling to the damp fabric.
- Using a nasal balm, one of the methods recommended by the NHS to reduce hay fever symptoms, can be really effective and our Bumfluff Organic Nappy Balm is ideal for this. It's not just for bums! Our multi-tasking balm can be smeared gently inside and around the nose and will help to trap pollen particles to prevent them from being inhaled. Unlike many commercially available balms, Bumfluff is completely natural and chemical-free, and as well as being effective against pollen it has the added benefit of soothing sore noses with its nourishing oils. The lavender and Roman chamomile essential oils in our original version will also help to calm a suffering little monkey too.
If you are a parent struggling with hay fever symptoms, Bumfluff is perfect for you to use as a nasal balm too. It is an ideal aid for pregnant or breastfeeding mothers who wish to stay away from hay fever medication, or for anyone wanting a completely natural product to use on sensitive noses. Let Organic Monkey help you through a sneeze-free summer!Read More