When lockdown finishes, many families will be planning outdoor birthday parties as soon as the rules allow and although this will usually be a fun occasion for your child, it could turn out to be miserable if they’re unlucky enough to suffer with hay fever.
I was a sufferer myself as a child, so know only too well just how serious hay fever can be. Here are provides my top tips for parents to help their child forget their hay fever and start enjoying their party.
It’s estimated that around a third of children in the UK are affected by hay fever – resulting in itchy eyes, runny nose, sneezing and general exhaustion. And if they’re attending an outdoor party that can make things even worse as their exposure to pollen will inevitably be much higher.
Much has changed since I was a child with hay fever. Some of it, including the range and effectiveness of treatments available, for the better. But not all: both the proportion of those suffering from allergies, and the proportion of sufferers who are children, have increased. Of course, one thing hasn’t changed: the misery it brings – for the child who suffers, and the parent who suffers with the child.
So what can parents do to help their child manage their hay fever symptoms? Quite a lot, fortunately. Here are some practical ideas to help.
As with many other things, prevention is better than cure:
Max Wiseberg is a lifelong hay fever sufferer and renowned airborne allergens expert (including hay fever, dust, pet, mould allergies and air pollution) with extensive knowledge on both conventional and complementary forms of treatment, practical lifestyle advice, as well as information and facts surrounding airborne allergens.