How to help kids with hayfever
Hayfever is a common condition that often develops in childhood, with dust mite allergies generally occurring by the age of two, grass pollen allergies beginning by the age of three or four and tree pollen allergies developing at around seven years of age. Typical symptoms of hayfever include sniffling, a runny or blocked nose, itchy eyes and throat, and bouts of sneezing. But persistent hayfever symptoms and the associated poor quality sleep in young kids can also result in tiredness, poor concentration, behavioural changes and impact on learning.1
Fortunately, there are many ways to help ease your child’s hayfever symptoms with little disruption to their normal activities.
- Avoid allergens where possible. If pollen is causing your child’s nose to run and eyes to water:
- Keep windows closed in their bedroom and in the car and turn AC on recirculate,2
- Have them wear sunglasses outdoors to keep pollen out of their eyes.
- Bathe your child and wash their hair before bedtime to remove any pollen on their hair and skin.2
- Check the pollen forecast on the Telfast hayfever meter and try to keep your child indoors when pollen counts are high.2
- For dust mite allergies, cover pillows and mattresses with dust‐mite proof covers, wash bedding in very hot water once a week, remove soft toys from the bedroom or at least wash them in very hot water weekly, and consider replacing carpet with hard flooring like wood, tiles, or linoleum if possible.3
- Try saline nose drops or spray to wash out pollen and loosen dried mucous.
- Give your child a suitable antihistamine to help relieve the symptoms of hayfever allergies. Telfast Children’s Elixir is an oral liquid antihistamine that is recommended for children between the ages of 2 and 11 for hayfever, and provides fast‐acting non‐drowsy relief from sneezing, a runny and itchy nose, itchy and watery eyes and an itchy throat. It is gluten and lactose free, and comes in a raspberry flavour that kids will love.
- Contact your healthcare professional if you have any questions or concerns, your child becomes worse, or if your child’s hayfever symptoms are interfering with school or their day to day activities after two days of taking antihistamines.2.