Hay fever attacks are is no fun. It is especially sad when you see your little one suffering from their effects. In this article, we are going to explore a few ways in which you can make your child more comfortable this summer. These are some of the ways you can help protect your child so they have a chance of enjoying their days during hay fever season instead of feeling miserable.
Use a quality Air Filter at Home
The use of air filters in the home can be very useful. Even if your child’s outdoor environment cannot be controlled, you can make things easier for him (her) at home. By using a high-quality air filter, you can remove many allergy triggers from your home. This will help your child to feel better while at home, and give them a higher quality of sleep at night. The very fact that your child spends more time at home than anywhere else means that you can give them a conducive environment while at home.
Give them appropriate Supplements
The use of correct supplements can go a long way to control and reduce the incidents of Hay fever. If your child suffers from hay fever, you may wish to consider purchasing probiotic supplements for him, since so much of our immune system is linked with our digestion.
Vitamin C reduces inflammation and therefore symptoms of hay fever. Omega-3 fatty acids are also a must-have for children who are dealing with hay fever. This supplement also has anti-inflammatory effects.
You must Prioritize Healthy Living Habits
There are a few things that you can do to modify your living habits which will create an environment that helps fight hay fever. Stress causes hay fever symptoms to flare up, so staying de-stressed is important arsenal in the fight against hay fever.
Always talk to your child to find out what is on his mind. Make sure he sticks to a general schedule so that he can get enough sleep. Include plenty of daily exercises, while avoiding the allergens that bother him the most.
Ensure that your child has enough free time, and is not being burdened with too busy of a schedule. Encourage him to drink plenty of water as well.
Improve your Child’s Diet
What your child eats in very important. Diet plays a huge role in the fight against hay fever. You may want to temporarily consider cutting out foods that cause inflammation and aggravate hay fever. These inflammatory foods include refined sugar, refined grains, dairy, bad fats and processed foods in general. Focus on providing your child with an array of foods that will feed the body and mind, and that will keep inflammation in check.
Vitamin C is found in abundance in a wide variety of fruits and vegetables and fights inflammation well as mentioned above. Citrus fruits and bell peppers are some of the best ways to get a good dose of vitamin C. Include the foods that contain the bioflavonoid quercetin, which reduces the release of histamine in a person’s body. Quercetin can be found in onions, apples, peppers, tomatoes and berries.
Also, be sure to target any foods that your child is intolerant to, as the body has a more difficult time dealing with hay fever when it is already trying to deal with foods that are difficult for it to handle.
There are other methods that can help you deal with hay fever. The ways listed above require no medication and have been shown to be helpful in preventing hay fever from worsening, at times eliminating it altogether. Doing your best as a parent to clear up your child’s hay fever symptoms is essential to help him live a healthy and enjoyable life through all the seasons.
You can also try the following ideas:
- Smear an allergen barrier balm inside their nostrils to reduce how much pollen they inhale. You can also put some around the bones of their eyes.
- You can gently wipe them with cotton wool soaked in cold water to soothe their eyes.
- Always keep your windows at home and in the car closed, especially at the worst times of day (early morning and 5pm – 7pm).
- Limit the amount of time they spend outside playing and try to entertain them indoors on days when the pollen count is high or it’s windy.
- When they come inside, get them to change their clothes and wipe their face, hands and hair with a damp cloth.
- Clothes should be dried inside a clothes drier as pollen can stick to clothes that are dried outside on washing lines.
- Give your littles some wraparound sunglasses to wear to prevent pollen from going into their eyes.
- Instead of going to the countryside for days out, opt for a visit to the coast as pollen counts are lower.
- If you have a dog or cat at home, try to brush them outside before they enter your home and wipe them down with a damp towel to reduce airborne particles.