If the author of this article had been able to use a pollen blocker such as HayMaxTM when she was a child, life might have been very different. Sadly, no such thing existed then, so she was stuck with taking one anti-histamine after another, trying to find one that alleviated her hay fever symptoms – itchy eyes, runny nose, sneezing and general exhaustion – without making her drowsy.
Much has changed since then, some of it – including the range and effectiveness of treatments available – very much for the better. But not all: both the proportion of people in the general population suffering from allergies, and the proportion of sufferers who are children, have increased:
Allergy UK says the latest evidence suggests up to 30-35% of people worldwide suffer from allergies at some point in their lives. In the UK, it is estimated that up to 50% of children are diagnosed with an allergic condition.
Of course, whatever the allergy, be it hay fever, allergic rhinitis or asthma, dust, mould or pet allergy, the misery it brings – for the child who suffers, and the parent who suffers with the child – has not changed.
So what can parents do to help their children manage hay fever symptoms? Quite a lot, fortunately. Here are some ideas.
As with many other things, prevention is better than cure!
Here’s a video of Max, creator of HayMax, with some useful information for managing symptoms in children with airborne allergies.
Visit the NHS website for lots of useful information on how to recognise hay fever in children, how to distinguish it from other allergies, and how to help your child or children cope with the symptoms.
*Independent studies at the National Pollen & Aerobiology Research Unit at the University of Worcester.
“Tiny Allergen Barrier Gave Me Back My Happy Toddler”
Denise Sylvia Ahmed, 31, is a married homemaker from North London, with a 2-year-old son, Yahya. He had been suffering badly with a dust mite allergy which had made him grumpy, unhappy and unable to sleep for several months. But organic, drug-free allergen barrier balm HayMax turned things round and returned Yahya to a happy toddler once more…
Despite his young age, Yahya suffers badly with a dust mite allergy. Denise takes up the story. “Yahya’s allergy started at the end of last summer, and became more apparent after a couple of months. It is triggered by humidity and a dust build-up in furnishings such as cushions, carpets and upholstery.
His symptoms are a continually streaming nose and a scratchy irritated cough. He becomes very withdrawn and stressed when suffering from his allergy. His main symptoms occur during the night, when he’ll wake wheezing and coughing hourly. The disturbed sleep has a knock on effect for the next day, making him feel grumpy and exhausted.
At home, I started to make changes in order to minimise the dust allergies in the air. I vacuum and damp-dust surfaces very regularly and keep cuddly toys and blankets in a cupboard to prevent dust building up on them. However, when we visit our friends’ houses, it’s not so easy, and his allergy can disturb his playing with his friends. It can affect him at centres too, where carpets, in particular, haven’t been treated, only vacuumed.
I found the Allergy UK website very useful for tips on reducing the amount of allergen in the air. And it was on their website, and various others, that I discovered an organic, drug-free allergen barrier balm called HayMax.
I now apply the balm every night, which has been extremely useful to Yahya. It has resulted in a peaceful sleep and a happy toddler – and a happy mum and dad too!