Spring is in the Air

Are your Children Affected by Springtime Hay Fever?

Spring is in the air and things are warming up, a welcome relief from the long wet winter, but not for everyone!

Spring Brings Only Misery For 1 in 5 People

This includes children. The peak in Hay fever tends to occur in October and November of each year. Unfortunately Hay fever (Allergic Rhinitis) often goes undiagnosed and untreated especially in children.

Common Symptoms of Hay Fever

Here are some timely reminders about how Hay fever can affect your child.

  • Frequently runny or blocked nose
  • Mouth breathing
  • Sneezing
  • Itchy eyes and nose
  • Nose bleeds

How Hay Fever Can Affect a Child’s Sleep?

  • Snoring/obstructive sleep apnoea
  • Restless sleep
  • Night time waking
  • Night time cough
  • Daytime tiredness
  • Poor concentration at school

How is Hay fever treated?

  • Allergy avoidance (Limited effectiveness)
  • Non sedating antihistamines (For itchiness)
  • Steroid nasal sprays
  • Immunotherapy – a method of exposing a child to increasing doses of what they are allergic to until they no longer react to it.

Take Action

If you think your child might be suffering from Hay fever contact your GP. Depending on the severity of the symptoms a referral to a specialist may be needed.