What are allergies?

Allergies are over active immune responses to normally harmless substances in our environment.

When your child is exposed to that substance their immune system interprets, incorrectly, the substance as a threat. As an attempt to protect the body it releases chemicals into the bloodstream and these chemicals result in sneezing, runny noses, and itchy, watery eyes.

When is it an allergy and when is it a cold?

The symptoms of hayfever and colds can sometimes be very similar leading to confusion.

Hayfever is generally characterised by a sudden onset of sneezing, a runny nose with clear nasal discharge and itchy, watery eyes.

The symptoms of the common cold often include a sore throat, a runny or blocked nose, sneezing, coughing and generally feel miserable. 

What can I do when my child has allergies?

Chat to your pharmacist about products that can help relieve the symptoms of the allergic reaction. They may recommend an antihistamine such as Little Allergies for Children or a saline nasal spray such as Children’s FESS to help wash away pollen and dust.

For better hayfever relief you can use a non-medicated saline together with an oral or nasal antihistamine.

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