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Back to Nursery – Coping with Indoor Allergies

When your toddler returns to nursery you’ll want them to get the best possible start to the school year. But many parents aren’t aware of the effect airborne particles, such as dust and pet allergens, might have on their performance at this important time.

The symptoms of dust and pet allergies are very similar to hay fever and the common cold. So maybe they don’t have a cold at all, but are suffering from an allergic reaction to airborne particles they are being exposed to at nursery.

90% of children with respiratory and skin allergies are allergic to dust allergens and 50% are allergic to cat allergens. Dust is found in nurseries where toddlers spend a lot of time sitting cross legged on the floor. Carpets are known to harbour lots of dust. Plus cat and pet allergens are picked up on the clothing of toddlers with pets, brought into nursery, and then walked into the carpets or released into the air.

So what can we do about these things?

In order to reduce any adverse allergic reactions your toddler may experience at nursery, you should notify them of your child’s dust or pet allergies, so the triggers can be avoided as much as possible. You’ll want to inform the nursery of any medication they take for their allergies so that they are fully aware.

Your toddler can take an organic drug-free allergen barrier balm, such as HayMax Kids ( with them, which traps both dust and pet allergens. As it’s drug-free, children can keep a pot of HayMax Kids in their pocket, and self-administer when necessary, without a parent permission letter.

It will be easier for your children to adhere to a good routine if it’s being practiced at home. You should ensure your children’s allergic issues are being properly managed in the home environment. You can make your home safer by reducing allergens like dust, pet dander, and mould.

Reference: [1] Chief Investigator: Professor Roy Kennedy, Principal Investigator: Louise Robertson, Researcher: Dr Mary Lewis, National Pollen and Aerobiology Research Unit, 1st February 2012.