Hay fever is a common allergic reaction to pollen from grass, trees and weeds. Symptoms are most common from spring until autumn.
Symptoms change depending on the weather and the pollen count.
If you have asthma you may:
Hay fever will last for weeks or months. A cold usually goes away after 1 to 2 weeks.
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There is no cure for hay fever. You can do things to reduce your child’s symptoms when the pollen count is high.
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Medicines for hay fever control the symptoms but do not cure it.
There are 3 types of medicines which can treat hayfever. The choice of medicine for your child will depend on their age and symptoms.
Speak to your local community pharmacist about hay fever. They can give advice and suggest the best treatment.
Itchy Sneezy Wheezy has some good videos showing children how to use nasal sprays.
For further information on when to seek help see the page on allergic reactions.
Speak to your GP if your child's symptoms:
Allergy UK has more information about hay fever