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Hayfever affects many Australians, and unfortunately children are not excluded. Children who get hayfever suffer most during spring and summer, when the pollen count in the air reaches its peak. However, this is not always the case. If your child is allergic to other allergens such as dust mites, mould and animal dander, they could experience hayfever symptoms anytime of the year.
When a child inhales an allergen, such as pollen, irritation can occur to the delicate lining of their eyes, sinuses and nasal passages. As a result, they may experience uncomfortable symptoms such as a stuffy or runny nose, sneezing, itchy and watering eyes. If your child is experiencing these symptoms for the first time, it is best to speak to your Doctor or Advantage Pharmacist to be sure the problem is hayfever. Additionally, it is best to see your Doctor if you notice that your child is experiencing any of the following:
The best treatment for allergies is to avoid what your child is allergic to. Often this is not always an easy task, however, below are some simple steps to help control common allergens for seasonal allergies.
If your child’s hayfever symptoms are mild, then you may like to consider giving them an antihistamine to help relieve most of their symptoms. Antihistamine preparations for children are available at your local Advantage Pharmacy in different forms e.g. as drops, syrup and tablets. For general hayfever symptoms, antihistamine syrups such as Aerius for Children Syrup or Claratyne for Children Syrup, which do not cause drowsiness, are suitable for children above the age of 1 year. Zyrtec Children’s Syrup is just as effective in treating common hayfever symptoms, however a small percentage of individuals may experience drowsiness with this medication, thus caution should be taken. For children above the age of 2 years that are not too fond of the syrups, a chewable tablet, such as Claratyne Chewable Tablets, is a suitable alternative.
In cases where a particular symptom is troubling your child, such as a runny nose or itchy eyes, and the oral antihistamine medication has not provided them with enough relief, you may also like to try a treatment specifically for the ‘eyes’ and/or ‘nose’.