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 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…
HayMax Allergen Barrier, from £6.99
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.
Available from: HayMax and Holland & Barrett
klarify.me Allergen Blocker, £12.99
This nasal spray works by protecting your little one against airborne allergens such as pollen. It’s a non-drowsy remedy and contains no antihistamine. You can use this from 2 years and above.
Available from: klarify.me
Clarityn tablets, £5.49
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.
Available from: Boots
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.
Available from: Amazon
Snufflebabe Room Vapour Oil, from £5.47
This vapour oil is designed to help your baby sleep if they’re suffering from a blocked nose. It’s suitable from birth and contains a blend of lemon, pine, and tea tree essential oils. You add a few drops to a bowl of warm water, and place it in your child’s room while they sleep.
Available from: Boots and Superdrug