It is estimated that around a third of children in the UK are affected by hay fever every summer – resulting in itchy eyes, runny nose, sneezing and general exhaustion. Airborne allergens expert Max Wiseberg offers parents some handy advice for hay fever sufferers in their family.
“Much has changed since I was a child with hay fever,” says Max Wiseberg, “some of it, including the range and effectiveness of treatments available, very much for the better. But not all: both the proportion of people in the general population suffering from allergies, and the proportion of sufferers who are children, have increased. Of course, one thing hasn’t changed: the misery it brings – for the child who suffers, and the parent who suffers with the child.”
“So what can parents do to help their family manage their hay fever symptoms? Quite a lot, fortunately. Here are some practical ideas to help. As with many other things, prevention is better than cure!”