Toddlers and children can be seriously affected by hay fever, enduring itchy eyes, runny nose, sneezing and general exhaustion.
Trusted airborne allergens expert Max Wiseberg offers parents handy advice for the little hay fever sufferer in their family.
“As with many other things, prevention is better than cure!”
“Make HayMax Kids part of the daytime/bedtime routine. Apply this organic drug-free allergen barrier balm immediately after washing first thing and before bedtime. Pop a pot in your daytime bag and leave a pot by the bed to re-apply as needed. In independent studies , HayMax has been shown to trap over a third of the pollen before it gets into the body: less pollen, less reaction. And as it’s drug-free, it’s suitable for pregnant and breast-feeding women too.”
“Take your child to the GP, for a proper diagnosis. If symptoms occur only in high summer on hot, sunny days, it’s likely to be hay fever. But it could be any of a number of other allergies and treatment might differ in each case”
“Change children’s clothes daily and after they’ve been playing outside and wash your toddler’s face and hair after being outdoors. Pollen sticks to clothing, skin and hair so symptoms can continue even indoors.”
“Encourage your child to wear wraparound sunglasses. This creates a protective layer between eyes and the pollen-laden atmosphere and relaxes their eyes, which in turn relaxes them. And it’s cool!”
“Washing bedding frequently, covering the bed with a sheet carefully folded and stored away from the bed during the night, before they get into bed, and turning pillows just before they get in, can all help.”
“Limit your toddler’s exposure to pollen during peak periods – early morning and evening, so try to keep toddlers indoors at these times.”
HayMax is applied to the rim of the nostrils and around the bones of the eyes and works by trapping pollen before it gets in the body where it can cause a reaction. The application of HayMax to the lower part and rim of the nostrils has been proven in independent studies to trap significantly more pollen than an uncoated nostril.  A second study stated that HayMax traps over a third of pollen before it enters the body, in addition to dust mite allergens and pet dander. Two surveys by Allergy UK, the leading UK allergy charity, assessed the effectiveness of HayMax [3,4]. In a 2015 study, when asked, ‘Overall, would you say that HayMax worked?’, 80% of respondents said ‘yes’ .
 Chief Investigator: Professor Roy Kennedy, Principal Investigator: Louise Robertson, Researcher: Dr Mary Lewis, National Pollen and Aerobiology Research Unit, 1st February 2012.
 Prof Jean Emberlin, Independent Research on HayMax Pollen Barrier Balm, The National Pollen and Aerobiology Research Unit (NPARU) University of Worcester WR2 6 AJ, July 20th 2009.
 ‘Are you suffering from seasonal allergic rhinitis (hay fever)?’, Allergy UK, July 2014, supported and funded by HayMax™ July 2014.
 ‘The Impact of Hay Fever – a survey by Allergy UK’, Allergy UK, supported and funded by HayMax™, April 2016.