Hay fever symptoms in babies are often missed, as they are similar to those of a common cold. However babies, like adults, can suffer from hay fever. If a parent has a pollen allergy, there is a slightly higher chance that your baby may also be allergic
If you suspect your little one may have hayfever, you might like to keep a diary for a couple of weeks to note down patterns - weather, location, symptoms. This can all help a doctor correctly identify a pollen allergy versus a cold or another illness such as asthma.
Hay fever symptoms may include:
The hayfever season may last from April to September for some little ones. Tree pollen tends to be at its worst in Spring, whilst grass pollen tends to peak during the warmer Summer months. Again, keeping a diary of symptoms can help identify which pollen may be the cause.
NOTE: It is important to seek medical advice to get an accurate diagnosis.
Most doctors won’t prescribe antihistamines to treat hay fever in babies under 1 year old, however there are several gentle, natural remedies you may like to try:
There are also several things you can do to reduce their exposure to pollen: