Wednesday 13 April 2011

Top Tips and Remedy Advice for Parents of Hayfever Sufferers from Boots Parenting Club Pharmacist

As a hayfever sufferer myself, I know how horrible the symptoms can be and how difficult it can be to find remedies suitable for children. It's particularly difficult at exam time, as any of you parents watching your kids revising at the moment will know, so I thought I'd share this press release from Boots Parenting Club with you. With National Allergy week in full swing and the hayfever season kicking in, it couldn't come at a better time !



Most kids look forward to the spring and summer months, but for some, they may be spoilt by symptoms of a runny nose, itchy eyes, wheezing and sneezing, which can be triggered by hayfever.

Hayfever, also known as allergic rhinitis, is an allergy to pollen, so most people’s symptoms are seasonal and tend to strike between late March and early November. Boots has many products and top tips to help combat hayfever symptoms to help ensure that you and your children have a happy summer.

To help with hayfever symptoms, consider Boots Alternatives Hayfever Relief Tablets (£4.70 for 72 tablets), which is a homeopathic medicine containing Allium, Euphrasia and Sabadilla for the symptomatic relief of hayfever. These tablets are suitable for both adults and children. (Always read the label.)

If your little one has an aversion to tablets, consider Boots Pharmaceuticals Allergy Relief 1 Year Plus Antihistamine 2mg/5ml Syrup (£3.77), which provides relief from the symptoms of hayfever, as well as pet and dust allergies, insect bites and food allergies. Suitable from one year plus. (Contains Chlorphenamine Maleate 2mg, always read the label.)

If your child is a little older, consider Boots Hayfever Relief All Day Syrup (£5.10). It is a rapidly absorbed antihistamine which helps relieve the symptoms of hayfever, including raised, red or itchy skin, and is suitable from two years of age. (Contains Loratadine, always read the label).

For relief and protection from symptoms of hayfever and other common allergies, consider Prevalin Allergy for Kids (£9.99), which is clinically proven to reduce allergic rhinitis symptoms by blocking allergens that cause the allergic reaction. Prevalin Allergy for Kids is a nasal spray which works directly where the allergic reaction starts, which is on the respiratory mucosa of the nose. It is non-drowsy, antihistamine and steroid free, and is clinically proven to provide relief from sneezing, a runny or blocked nose and itchy or watery eyes. The product is suitable for children between six and 12 years of age and is available exclusively from Boots until March 2012.

Some children may be allergic to house dust mites which can trigger symptoms such as a runny nose, itching, sneezing and watery eyes, amongst other symptoms. The average bed can contain several million dust mites which produce allergens. These allergens become airborne when disturbed and the particles are breathed into the lungs causing an allergic reaction in susceptible people. If your child has a dust mite allergy, you may want to consider buying anti-allergy bedding to help keep these symptoms under control at night-time. Consider Boots Anti Allergy Duvet Protector – Single (£33.70) and Boots Anti Allergy Pillow Cases (£16.50) which act as a barrier to house dust mites allergens and can help to reduce the exposure to the irritants.

Top Tips from Boots Parenting Club Pharmacist Angela Chalmers:

- Prevention is much better than waiting for an attack to happen and then treating it. Try to remember when in the year your child usually starts to get hayfever symptoms and start treatment one to two weeks earlier. Speak to your pharmacist about which treatments are best for the age and weight of your child.

- Soothe an itchy, scratchy throat by giving your child a cool drink such as pure fruit juice, an ice pop depending on which feeding stage your child is at. If your child is over one year of age, consider giving them a spoon of honey.

- Wearing wide children’s sunglasses can help to keep pollen out of their eyes.

- When travelling by car, keep the windows closed. This stops air from outside circulating inside the car which contains pollen particles and can make a child’s hayfever worse.

- Pollen sticks to clothes and hair so undress your child outside of their bedroom and then give them a bath to remove pollen and help reduce symptoms in the bedroom

- Apply petroleum jelly to the entrance to their nostrils which can help trap pollen particles before it enters the nose.

- Peak time for hayfever symptoms is in the morning when pollen is at its highest so try to keep windows shut during this time.

- If your child is asthmatic, speak to your GP before hayfever season starts to discuss treatment as hayfever can trigger asthma attacks and may worsen their asthma.

Visit the Allergies health centre on for further information on hayfever and other allergies.

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  1. I don't have children, but I suffer from hayfever and those are good tips! I feel that my allergies are almost finished now (fingers crossed!) THanks Cheryl!

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  3. My son suffers from hayfever and uses an allergy reliever from Lloyds pharmacy, he's convinced it helps him although he does still use tablets as well. They have had offers on these from time to time so might be worth looking out for - tried to do a link but it wasn't working!

  4. Thanks so much for the very useful advice..x

  5. That is a good piece of advice. I am gonna try it with my son.

  6. Thanks for the tips hun will pass them on x

  7. Some really good advice here, thanks, I hadn't ever thought of wearing sunglasses to keep pollen out of eyes.


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