Hay fever - top 5 products for toddlers

Get ready for the sneezing season with MFM's essential guide to combat allergic rhinitis

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    Spring has finally arrived and with promises of warm and sunny chimes ahead, it's set to be a scorcher. However, while some will praise the sunny days ahead, over 10 million of us (almost 20% of the UK population) will dread the return of blossoming trees as it means that hay fever is back for another year.

    The hay fever misery usually starts to set in around late April/early May. This is when the trees begin to release their first pollen of year mainly triggered by warmer temperatures. Sufferers usually experience itchy eyes, bouts of sneezing and a runny nose, caused by an allergic reaction to pollen from trees, grass and flowers.

    And there's yet more to come, with recent findings from the Hay fever Health Report predicting that 30 million people will be affected by hay fever by 2030. That's why it's more important than ever to educate ourselves about the symptoms and preventions.

    If your little one suffers from hay fever, check out MFM's guide on how to soothing symptoms and tips on how to treat it. For general advice on how to combat hay fever, take a look at our top tips.

    If you're confused about how to treat your tot's hay fever, check out these five products designed to ease the Spring sneezes...

  • Nelsons Pollenna, £4.60

    This homeopathic remedy aims to help stimulate the body's natural healing processes. Free from articifical ingredients, this non-drowsy prevention is child-friendly.

    Nelsons Pollenna, £4.60, available at Holland and Barrett.

  • Hay Max, £13.90

    Hay Max is a totally natural balm which builds an effective protective pollen barrier under the nose of the sufferer. It is made from organic beeswax and seed oil, and is suitable for children.

    Hay Max, £13.90 for combi pack of balms (Lavender, Pure and Frankincense), available at Hay Max.

  • Hay-Band, £9.99

    Developed by leading acupuncturists, the Hay-Band exerts a small amount of pressure on your child's arm at a point where energy can be pulled away from the head, to ease the pains of hay fever. It's suitable for children - just ensure the band is securely wrapped around your child's arm (available from ages 8+).

    Hay-band, £9.99 (one size), available via Hay-Band.

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  • Clarityn tablets, £8.99

    Clarityn contains loratadine, which helps soothe and get rid of irritating allergies particularly hay fever. Suitable for children 2 years and over, it's also available in syrup form for easier swallowing.

    Clarityn allergy tablets, £8.99 (pack of 30), available at Boots.

  • Elipipe, £26.99

    The children's version of the original salt pipe, the Elipipe is designed to help your little one to breathe easier, especially when under attack by pollen spores. Inhale the salt crystals and the detoxifying properties aim to alleviate breathing problems. There's no need to refill and it comes in an elephant shape to encourage children to use it more regularly.

    Elipipe, £26.99, available at Cisca Saltipipe.