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My 2 1/2 suffers from hayfever and just like to ask if any mothers out there has used natural remedies instead some form of medication. At the moment am giving her Claratyne for kids.

Posted by mom75388, 5th February 2015

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  • I have been told eating fresh pineapple is great for controlling hay fever symptoms. My neighbour swears by it

  • This is a old method my parents and I used on our kids. Trap allergens with Vaseline.
    Smear a small amount of Vaseline inside the nostrils with a cotton bud as this reduces the symptoms of hay fever. Trapping all unwanted pollutants.

  • I have a natural Hayfever gel (Botanica brand) from NZ for my son. You put a little inside their nose to create a barrier and stop the pollen and dust getting in. It’s also soothing. There is nothing on the pack that says it wouldn’t be suitable for your son’s age but you could check on their website. It works really well. http://www.botanica.co.nz/product/hayfever-gel-2/

    *I found it in an online p[pharmacy for a cheaper price than their website too.

  • I swear by Brauer Hayfever tablets, but they’re not for kids under 6 years old. Try the oral spray, which can be used from 2 years.

  • Many years ago I was given the advice of eating local honey made by local bees as it would help with hay fever. It has to do with the pollens. I must admit I now buy and eat local honey; my hayfever is not as bad; this may be pure coincidence. May be worth checking with a health store/GP.

  • As you are looking for natural remedies; I would visit a Health Food/Products shop as they offer lots of different and safe alternatives. Always check with your doctor that any natural alternatives are safe and ok for your family to use if you are using other medications.

  • Thankyou for your response and shall take it on board.

  • oopps sorry : meant to write, there are different fess sprays for different age groups.

  • HI, I have used fess on my son and found it helpful.
    Below is a web article from the children’s hospital.
    Best of luck and hope your little one finds relief soon.

    Hay fever
    Hay fever is the common name for a condition called allergic rhinitis, which means an allergy that mainly affects the nose. Hay fever can occur all year round. However, your nose is not the only organ that can be affected by allergic rhinitis – so can your eyes, throat, sinuses and ears.

    Signs and symptoms
    Some of the symptoms of hay fever include:

    frequent bouts of sneezing;
    a runny nose;
    blocked nose (either one or both nostrils);
    itchy ears, nose, throat and roof of the mouth;
    red, itchy, swollen and/or watery eyes;
    If hay fever is left untreated it can lead to poor quality sleep, tiredness and daytime sleepiness. Severe hay fever can also:

    make asthma more difficult to control;
    increase the chance of sinus infections;
    affect learning and performance in children;
    lead to bad breath, a husky voice and/or a sore throat;
    create more frequent eye infections because people rub itchy eyes.
    Hay fever is triggered by what we breathe in. The small hairs and mucus in the nose trap dust, pollens and other tiny particles. A person with hay fever is allergic to some of the particles that get trapped in the nose.

    Triggers include:

    pollen (from grasses, flowers and trees);
    dust mites;
    animal fur or hair;
    mould spores;
    cigarette smoke.
    When someone has hay fever all year round (called perennial allergic rhinitis), they are usually allergic to dust mites, animal fur and/or mould spores.

    The best treatment is to identify what causes your child’s allergic reaction and then try to avoid, or at least minimise, contact with it. Other options include medication and immunotherapy.

    Sometimes the cause is obvious, such as a pet, however sometimes your child may need to see your doctor to identify the particular allergen/s. The doctor will ask questions and may suggest allergy tests (such as skin prick tests) to identify the cause.

    Hay fever cannot be cured, but there are a number of ways you can improve the symptoms and give your child some relief. Preventive measures play an important role in the treatment of hay fever.

    Your doctor may suggest using medication to help relieve your child’s symptoms such as:

    non-sedating antihistamines;
    nasal sprays may be useful for older children.
    Your doctor or pharmacist can give you advice on which may be best for your child.

    Specific allergen immunotherapy is a long term treatment that usually involves injections of allergen extracts. Talk to your doctor if your child has serious allergic reactions.
    Key points to remember
    Hay fever is an allergic reaction and is most common in spring.
    Perennial allergic rhinitis occurs all year round.
    Avoiding triggers is the best way to reduce the frequency of hay fever attacks.
    For more information
    Better Health Channel

    ASCIA – Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy

    Asthma Queensland

    Parenting and Child Health

    Developed by the RCH Dept of Quality and Improvement. First published in November, 2008. Updated December 2010

    There are fess spray for different ages.

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