Lifestyle factors, such as sleep and exercise, can have a major impact on your toddler’s hay fever. Leading airborne allergens expert Max Wiseberg offers some simple lifestyle changes to reduce the effects of pollen on your child this summer…
“Some parents will be surprised to read that what their child eats and drinks, how well they sleep, whether they take enough regular exercise and so on can affect how much – or how little – they will suffer from hay fever,” says Max. “According to the NHS website, a study of over 2,000 people with hay fever conducted by the National Pollen and Aerobiology Research Unit (NPARU), found that lifestyle factors such as sleep and exercise can have a major impact on hay fever.”
“Here are some simple lifestyle changes to help your toddler’s symptoms this summer.”
“Avoid the Allergen. Avoiding the allergen is always key with any allergy, but it’s not so easy when you can’t even see the allergen! Vacuum the house regularly, especially beds and fabrics to remove pollen particles. Use an organic, drug-free allergen barrier balm such as HayMax Kids around the nostrils and bones of the eyes in the morning, throughout the day and at night to trap more than a third of pollen before it enters the body . Less allergen, less reaction. Close windows and use an air conditioner preferably with a HEPA (High Efficiency Particle Arresting) filter to capture the pollen particles. Wash your toddler’s bedding very regularly to remove allergens.”
“Keep allergens off your child’s clothes and body. Encourage your toddler to wear wraparound sunglasses when they’re outdoors to prevent pollen particles coming in contact with their eyes, tie their hair up and get them to wear a hat to prevent pollen particles being caught in their hair. Wash their face as soon as they get indoors to wash away allergens so that they can’t cause a reaction. And dry their clothes indoors rather than on a clothes line to prevent pollen being blown on to them by the outside wind.
“Sleep long and well. A good night’s sleep can really help manage your toddler’s hay fever symptoms. An NPARU study showed that people who slept at least 7 hours a night suffered significantly milder symptoms than those who slept no more than 5 hours each night. Ensure your toddler has a bath at night before bed to remove pollen particles from their hair and body.”
“Foods to eat. Eating foods rich in quercetin, a natural antihistamine, such as red onions, can be helpful. And if your child eats pineapple which contains bromelain, it can help their body absorb the quercetin. Legumes, such as lentils, chickpeas, peas, beans, soybeans, and peanuts, are high in zinc, which has an antibacterial and antiviral effect in the body and fosters immunity. Season their food with rosemary as it is believed to open up the respiratory system, helping to reduce inflammation and encourages better breathing. Mushrooms contain higher levels of polysaccharides, which encourage the body to switch off the part of the immune system that reacts to antibodies and cause those unwanted hay fever symptoms. Reishi mushrooms, if you can get hold of them, contain high levels of polysaccharides.”
“Avoid mucus-producing dairy drinks. Excess mucus is exactly what your toddler doesn’t need if they suffer from hay fever. Drinking water is a much better option.”
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Reference Chief Investigator: Professor Roy Kennedy, Principal Investigator: Louise Robertson, Researcher: Dr Mary Lewis, National Pollen & Aerobiology Research Unit, 1st February 2012.