Our Advice and Tips - Hay Fever Treatment for Babies
Hay fever treatment for babies is an area which needs careful consideration. Obviously, we all know we cannot give them off the shelf medicines without consulting a pharmacist or GP. And how do we even know our loved ones have hay fever?
It’s always difficult for the little ones. They cannot exactly tell us their symptoms, so it is up to us super mums and dads to work out if bubba has a cold, or if that cute button nose is runny because of hay fever. If your baby can’t seem to shake off his cold even now the weather is getting warmer, it’s possible they may suffer from hay fever. While we’re all waving goodbye to those pesky winter snuffles, babies and toddlers with the first signs of hay fever will still have runny noses, but if this is the first time your baby has suffered from hay fever, those symptoms will just look like the common cold.
Hay fever is a common allergic reaction to pollen and causes the membranes inside the nose to become inflamed, leading to sneezing and a runny nose, and baby is not immune to pesky pollen. Like adults, hay fever symptoms for babies are caused when the body has an over-reaction to an allergen – in this case, pollen – and releases the chemical, histamine.
Also known as rhinitis, this seasonal allergy can appear at any age. If your baby or toddler has it, the first sign is sneezing. He may also keep rubbing his eyes and they might seem red. There may be some discharge from his nose, but it will be watery and clear. Baby might seem tired, irritable and unable to concentrate or cope with his normal routine. An obvious tip is to check baby’s symptoms after they have been playing outside. Is baby sneezing more than usual? If this sounds like your baby or toddler, then consult your GP. She will ask you if your baby, or anyone else in the family, has asthma, eczema or other allergies, as this gives a higher risk of hay fever. Your GP will make a diagnosis after gently examining the inside of baby’s nose, and, if necessary, by allergy tests.
Hay fever is at its peak between April and September, but your child may suffer for a shorter period if he is only allergic to a particular type of pollen. An allergy to grass pollen is the most common, and this tends to start affecting sufferers in May before calming down in July. But if he’s allergic to tree pollen, symptoms may last from April to September. One way to help babies to reduce their exposure. Keeping a symptom diary to identify patterns of exposure will help you work out what triggers his hay fever. For more details on hay fever, the main causes and what hay fever actually is, we recommend our dedicated 22 page book, The Ultimate Guide to Hay Fever Relief – Click here to down load the guide.
So, what hay fever treatment for babies is available?
You should definitely speak to your pharmacist or doctor before buying any hay fever medication, as most aren't suitable for babies before they're one year old, and others aren't suitable for under 12’s. If you get the all-clear to use them, the most common medications against hay fever are antihistamines, which stop the body's immune system from overreacting to things like pollen. Liquids and syrups are more common for small children, and you can also buy nasal sprays and eye drops to directly target symptoms. However, there are other more natural treatments too, which natural should be more safe for babies. You might be apprehensive about what is and isn’t safe to give your children, and be worried about potential long term side effects, so finding the right treatment can be daunting.Using natural products such as a sea water nasal spray can be beneficial and recommended by GPs and consultants to help manage symptoms as the first step of treatment process.
Choose a natural product that can be used throughout the hay fever season to relieve symptoms as well as prevent them from occurring.A natural hygiene nasal spray is made from 100% natural, filtered sea water. It not only washes away the allergens from the nose to effectively relieve symptoms, but also helps to clean and clear the nose to help restore it’s natural filtering functions and help support the body’s own natural defences from airborne allergens and contaminants. Containing natural minerals and trace elements from sea water, a spray having the same salt content as the cells in the human body making it extremely gentle.
A 100% natural, steroid and preservative free spray is safe to use as often as required with no known side effects. An effective and compromise free solution that can be used from 3 months plus. Another well know tip is to feed baby natural local honey, as this contains local pollen, baby will start to build some resilience to pollen in your local area. We have listed more natural remedies and tips in our 22 page book, The Ultimate Guide to Hay Fever Relief – Click here to down load the guide.
What other options are there for hay fever treatment for babies?
Below we have listed some tips to beat hay fever, which will help with your hay fever treatment for babies and hay fever treatment for toddlers.
We have listed over 15 more tips in our 22 page book, The Ultimate Guide to Hay Fever Relief – Click here to down load the guide.
And finally, if you are advised to use a medicated treatment, ensure you always read the information on the bottle or box and follow the directions of use recommended by a consultant. Take into consideration the concentrations of ingredients and remember the dose can be based on the age and weight of infants and young children when determining the amount needed. Suffering from allergies can be miserable, so it is essential to find a good routine and be consistent, whether that is ensuring you minimise their contact with pollen, or follow a natural treatment plan.