What hay fever treatments are available for children?

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Hay fever can be especially troublesome for children. It often affects them more severely than it would affect adults, and they may have more trouble coping with it. It is often more challenging for children to ask for help when they are suffering from a medical condition like hay fever. There are some treatments available that you can use at home to help your child recover from hay fever and reduce their symptoms.

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It is important to be sure you have an accurate diagnosis before commencing a treatment. To be sure you are treating the right problem, hay fever is characterised by runny nose, itchy eyes, sneezing and other symptoms associated with allergic reactions. If your child experiences these symptoms in July and August during a hot, sunny day, then it is almost definitely hay fever.

If you are not sure that your child is suffering from hay fever, it is always a good idea to ask someone who knows. Talk to a doctor and be sure you understand what you are treating.

You can help the problem and reduce symptoms by keeping your child away from allergens, such as dust, pollen, hay and other irritants. These can worsen the condition and make the recovery process longer.

Over the counter treatments for hay fever usually treat individual symptoms. For itchy eyes, there are eye drops. To administer them, tilt the child’s head back or have them lie flat on their back and put in one drop at a time, using the proper dosage for their age.

For a runny nose or stuffed up nose, you can use a nasal inhaler. The inhaler is usually a steroidal spray (such as Nasonex), so you may not be able to use it on very young children. Once again, follow the instructions on the medication and be sure to never give it to any child younger than the recommended age. Nasal drops can work as well if you would rather use them. Because the steroids are being introduced nasally, your body won’t absorb as much as they would if they were being introduced orally.

In some cases, antihistamines (such as Telfast) will be a right solution. These block the allergic response and control symptoms by preventing them.

If you aren’t sure if your child can take certain medications or your child has a medical condition, then you should talk to a doctor before you give them any medication for their hay fever. But it would help if you acted quickly, because an untreated hay fever can turn into a more serious condition, such as asthma.

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