Hayfever: Managing Your Child’s Symptoms
You can tell when flowers start to bloom, and trees spurt out their heavy green leaves, that springtime has arrived. The sun comes out to play for longer, and the breeze picks up during the day. During this apparent jovial time, your child may start showing signs of allergic reactions to the nature around them. Hay fever begins to affect children beyond the age of 5, and the seriousness of the allergic reaction vary. When you notice your child is in some discomfort, look for symptoms that confirm your suspicions.
Hay fever in children
The first signs to look out for are, of course, if he or she is sneezing a lot while playing in the garden or school field. Check to see if their nose is runny, with the mucus being clear and watery. A clear indication is a violent inflammation of the eyes, where they become red, itchy and water drips from them. Hay fever kicks in during pollination season every year between March and all the way through to September.
As summer approaches and the days become warmer, the symptoms will get worse. Hay fever will flare up most significantly in the early morning as your child’s immune system begins to wake up. If this is happening to your child for the first time, it’s crucial you don’t mix up summer cold symptoms with hay fever. You must know what kind of allergic reaction you’re dealing with before you can go onto healing and be preventing it in the future.
First thing’s first, if you’re unsure how to deal with your child’s hayfever symptoms go online and do a typical generic search on hay fever. If you’re still unsure, immediately take your child to a doctor and inform them of your concern; noting the pattern of attacks. The more information you supply the doctor with, the more the problem can be narrowed down to a specific. If left unchecked, hay fever can quickly develop into asthma.
An allergic reaction often fools the body into putting up defenses that can sometimes be detrimental to your health. Asthma tightens the windpipe and makes it difficult to breathe and may even stop the individual from breathing altogether.
Asthma is a life-threatening condition. If hay fever is left to run riot on your child’s immune system and has not been properly the diagnosed, this can lead to serious consequences. If you can hear your child wheezing, see they’re suffering from breathlessness, or if they complain their chest is tight, you need to take your child to a doctor immediately.
An asthma attack can be fatal, so before this has a chance of happening seek medical help and take the proper precautions. Hay fever and asthma are directly linked, if to begin with your child is improperly diagnosed, you may wish to speak with a medical malpractice attorney.
If correctly diagnosed, your doctor will most likely recommend these steps be followed to prevent allergies and hayfever from flaring up. Buy medicines that will stave off allergic reactions in your child and help boost their immune system. Seek advice on which drug is best for your child either from a pharmacist or doctor. Follow these steps as a golden guide book, to prevent reactions in the first place.
- Go to your local authority’s website, and search for pollination information. It will inform you whether it’s high or low and if it’s going to be particularly windy that day.
- Buy your child reasonably tight fitting sunglasses, to stop pollen from entering into your child’s eyes.
- Smear vaseline just under and slightly inside your child’s nose to trap and prevent pollen from entering their sinus system
- After school or in the late afternoon, quickly shower the child to wash away any pollen that may be on their skin.
- By wearing different sets of clothes for outdoors and indoors, you put up a defense wall once the child is inside the house
- Don’t dry your child’s clothes outside after being washed. Pollen will get trapped in the nooks and crannies and flare up symptoms
- If you have a pet, it’s best to wipe them down with a damp cloth, when they come in the house. Fur will trap pollen easily and bring the problem inside the home.
- When driving around town with your child in the car, don’t wind down the windows as pollen traveling in the air will seep into the car
- Same with the home, avoid opening windows to stay cool, rather you should invest in an air-conditioner
Hayfever really stinks for us adults so for your children it’s even worse, hope these tips help you enjoy good health!