Many parents may be unaware of just how much their young child’s hay fever is impacting on their sleep, which goes on to affect their mood or energy. So how do you avoid this cycle, on top of debilitating symptoms? A simple prevention strategy and night time routine could be the answer…
In The Impact of Hay Fever – a survey by Allergy UK , ‘a huge number (87%) reported that their allergic rhinitis affected their sleep (or their child’s sleep). This is very significant, as it can impact on how the person functions the next day.’
Hay fever symptoms can lead to tiredness and exhaustion. It can also affect sleep. And this in turn can zap their energy levels.
However preventing pollen getting into their bedroom and into their body, together with a simple night time routine could help things.
A good start is to keep their bedroom windows and door closed to prevent pollen blowing in. If this makes it too hot, consider using an air filter/purifier with a HEPA (High Efficiency Particle Arresting) filter. Vacuum the bedroom regularly, including the bed, curtains and fabrics. Damp dust surfaces and keep blankets and cuddly toys in a cupboard.
Dry washing indoors rather than on a clothes line. If you own a pet ensure you keep it out of the bedroom. Keeping it well groomed and shampooed removes pollen from its fur.
Cover the bed with a sheet, carefully folded and stored away from the bed during the night, before your child gets into bed, and turn pillows just before they get in.
A bath before sleeping will remove pollen particles from your toddler’s hair and body.
Apply a small amount of drug-free organic allergen barrier balm, HayMax Kids, around the nostrils and bones of the eyes. HayMax has been proven to trap over a third of pollen before it enters the body . Less allergen, less reaction.
As HayMax is drug-free, there are no drowsy side-effects, making it suitable for children and pregnant and breast-feeding women.
References ‘The Impact of Hay Fever – a survey by Allergy UK’, Allergy UK, supported and funded by HayMax™, April 2016.  Chief Investigator: Professor Roy Kennedy, Principal Investigator: Louise Robertson, Researcher: Dr Mary Lewis, National Pollen and Aerobiology Research Unit, 1st February 2012.