Hayfever (allergic rhinitis) is common in babies and children as well as adults. Perhaps you’ve noticed symptoms similar to a cold, flare up more frequently in your child during pollen season. These symptoms may impact your child throughout the day and worse still, at night when they need their rest. Symptoms like coughing, itchy or sore throat, a runny nose or blocked nose can mean disrupted and poor quality sleep for your baby or child and for the rest of the family!
The effects of hayfever
Hayfever symptoms can lead to tiredness and daytime sleepiness, both affecting daily activities and your child’s mood. Hayfever has also been known to make breathing more difficult, affect a child’s learning and development, increase the chances of other respiratory infections and frequent eye infections due to the constant rubbing of itchy eyes.
If your child suffers from symptoms like these, try ENT Technologies’s child / baby health care tips for a better night’s sleep!
Helping your child sleep better
Children and babies are quite active during the day and being outdoors is a great way for them to get some exercise and Vitamin D. They love to crawl, roll, run around the grass and in playgrounds. When they return indoors, they often bring in pollen and dust particles – on their skin and in their hair. A bath or shower before bedtime can help wash some of these allergens away. This is also a great time to try a gentle saline nasal spray to wash away allergens breathed in through their nose.
If your child has a favourite toy, chances are that they do everything with it, even bringing it with them when they go outside. Doing so, however, means that toy may attract dust and pollen, especially if dropped on the floor and dragged around. Keep toys in the bedroom, where they can stay cleaner or have a spare favourite toy so that they can be rotated and washed frequently.
If you have a pet, make sure it doesn’t get access to your child’s bedroom. Your family cat or dog could be spreading allergens around the home i.e. pet dander, pollen and dust particles so keeping them out of sleep areas is a must.
Having a saline nasal spray handy in your handbag or nappy bag is helpful for those moments when your little one starts sniffing, sneezing or has an itchy nose when outside. This way you can immediately wash out any allergens lodged in their nose. Flo Baby or Flo Kids Saline Nasal Sprays can help and provide effective, gentle relief for runny or blocked noses in babies and children. These sprays can also be used in any position your child prefers because they are designed to spray at any angle. Flo saline nasal sprays consist of 100% preservative-free, isotonic solutions and are gentle enough for daily use.
A useful reminder about babies
Babies’ nasal passages are very narrow and can easily get blocked especially when excess mucus is produced as a result of colds, allergies or hayfever. Our saline nasal spray for babies thins the mucus and helps clear the nose, resulting in easier breathing – all without the need for mucus aspirators, also known as “snot suckers”. Flo Baby is available in most Pharmacies in two forms, drops and spray, so you can choose your preferred method of administration. We suggest for first timers or very tiny babies, try Flo Baby Saline Nasal Drops but for for older babies or toddlers, try Flo Baby Saline Nasal Spray. Again, it really depends on your preference and what you and your child feel at ease with.
Flo Baby Saline is a trusted Pharmacy brand developed by experts. Australian parents have voted it the number 1 baby health care product on Australia’s leading Tell Me Baby review site.
Let bigger kids take control & develop good habits
We also offer a saline nasal spray for older children. Flo Kids Saline Nasal Spray features a thumb drive pump that makes it really easy to use, so children can even use it themselves! Children are often much more co-operative when they are involved in their own treatment. We suggest you let them try it on a doll or teddy first and then on themselves.
Get them into the habit of using their saline nasal spray at bath/shower time or when they are brushing their teeth. They feel “grown-up” about doing it themselves but best of all, they will have a clearer nose before they go to sleep. Always supervise children when administering a nasal spray and correct them when necessary. For best technique, check our image below to see how to use a nasal spray correctly.
If you suspect your child has hayfever symptoms or they seem to have a constant cold that just won’t go away, always seek health professional advice. There is still much that can be done and with appropriate treatment, quality of life can be improved.
To learn more about Flo preservative-free saline nasal sprays and products, get in touch with ENT Technologies today.