Children’s Outdoor Allergies

Help your children enjoy more of the great outdoors by learning how to help reduce their exposure to common seasonal allergy triggers.

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Overview

Because they come and go with the seasons, outdoor allergiesX outdoor allergies
Characterised by an overreaction of the immune system to certain allergens (see Allergens) commonly found outside, such as tree, grass or weed pollens, mould spores, etc. Outdoor allergies tend to last for shorter periods of time than those caused by exposure to indoor allergens.
are often called seasonal allergiesX seasonal allergies
A persistent condition characterised by an overreaction of the immune system to certain allergens commonly found outside such as tree, grass or weed pollens, or mould spores. These can also be called hayfever or outdoor allergies. These allergen levels typically fluctuate throughout the year, which…
– but they’re best known as hayfeverX hayfever
A common condition characterised by an overreaction of the immune system to certain allergens usually found outside such as, tree, grass or weed pollen, or mould spores.
. HayfeverX Hayfever
A common condition characterised by an overreaction of the immune system to certain allergens usually found outside such as, tree, grass or weed pollen, or mould spores.
is caused by an overreaction of your child’s immune systemX immune system
The body’s defence system that protects us against infections and foreign substances.
to certain pollens found outside from trees, grass or weeds. In the UK, hayfever is usually at its peak between late March and September.

Outdoor allergiesX Outdoor allergies
Characterised by an overreaction of the immune system to certain allergens (see Allergens) commonly found outside, such as tree, grass or weed pollens, mould spores, etc. Outdoor allergies tend to last for shorter periods of time than those caused by exposure to indoor allergens.
can also be triggered by certain kinds of mouldX mould
Parasitic, microscopic fungi (like Alternaria) that float in the air like pollen. Mould spores are a common trigger for allergies and can be found in damp areas, such as the bathroom, as well as outdoors in grass, leaf piles, hay, mulch or under mushrooms.
which can be found growing outside in dark, damp areas like piles of leaves or compost heaps.

It can often feel like seasonal allergies are everywhere. But there’s lots of things you can do to minimise your child’s exposure to outdoor allergens and help manage their symptoms, so your kids can be kids all summer long.

Select an allergy to learn more:

POLLEN ALLERGIES

MOULD ALLERGIES

CHILDREN'S ALLERGY SYMPTOMS

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RUNNY NOSE
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ITCHY, WATERY EYES
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SNEEZING
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ITCHY NOSE OR THROAT
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NASAL CONGESTION
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Pollen Allergies

HayfeverX Hayfever
A common condition characterised by an overreaction of the immune system to certain allergens usually found outside such as, tree, grass or weed pollen, or mould spores.
is an allergic reaction triggered by pollenX pollen
A fine, powdery substance, typically yellow, consisting of microscopic grains discharged from the male part of a flower called stamens or from the male cone of a tree.
, for example from weeds, trees and grass. One in ten people in the UK suffer from hayfeverX hayfever
A common condition characterised by an overreaction of the immune system to certain allergens usually found outside such as, tree, grass or weed pollen, or mould spores.
, and your children are more likely to have it if you have a family history of allergies. Typically, the reaction happens when pollen comes into contact with your mouth, eyes or throat.

Tips for Kids with Pollen Allergies

  • PLAN PLAY TIME
    Try to plan your kid’s outdoor activities when pollenX pollen
    A fine, powdery substance, typically yellow, consisting of microscopic grains discharged from the male part of a flower called stamens or from the male cone of a tree.
    counts are low, and try to keep your child inside on dry, hot and windy days when pollen counts are higher as wind can blow pollen further. There’s often less pollen in the air after rain, so it might be time to get the wellies out for some post-rain play!
     
  • KEEP POLLENX POLLEN
    A fine, powdery substance, typically yellow, consisting of microscopic grains discharged from the male part of a flower called stamens or from the male cone of a tree.
    OUTSIDE

    PollenX Pollen
    A fine, powdery substance, typically yellow, consisting of microscopic grains discharged from the male part of a flower called stamens or from the male cone of a tree.
    spores can hitch a ride on your little one’s shoes, clothing and hair and get tracked inside. After spending time outdoors, have your children take off their shoes, change their clothes and take a quick bath to remove pollen.
     
  • CLEAR THE AIR
    When driving, keep windows up. Replace the pollen filter in your car's air vents regularly. You could also buy a pollen filter for your car’s air vents. At home, keep windows and doors shut to stop pollen from getting in.
     
  • TAKE COUNT
    Pollen levels change often and when they do, so can your child’s symptoms. Check the pollen countX pollen count
    A measure of the amount of pollen in the air. The counts are usually reported for three types of pollen: grasses, trees and weeds. The count is reported as grains per cubic meter of air and is translated into a corresponding level: absent, low, moderate, high or very high.
    in your area with the Met Office forecast tool.
     
  • SKIP THE LINE
    Bedding or clothing hung out to dry on a clothesline may pick up pollen spores. If you can, you should dry your laundry inside to prevent this.
     
  • BE PREPARED
    Clarityn Allergy Syrup offers up to 24-hour relief in a great tasting child friendly mixed berries flavour. It is also non-drowsy in most users so kids can get back to playing and learning.
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Mould Allergies

Overview

Microscopic mouldX mould
Parasitic, microscopic fungi (like Alternaria) that float in the air like pollen. Mould spores are a common trigger for allergies and can be found in damp areas, such as the bathroom, as well as outdoors in grass, leaf piles, hay, mulch or under mushrooms.
spores float in the air like pollenX pollen
A fine, powdery substance, typically yellow, consisting of microscopic grains discharged from the male part of a flower called stamens or from the male cone of a tree.
, causing allergy symptoms. They can be found both indoors and outdoors.

Outdoors, moulds thrive in shady, damp areas like piles of damp or rotting leaves, grass cuttings and compost heaps. Indoors, mould grows in warm, damp spaces like the kitchen and bathroom.

Since mould thrives in warm, damp spaces, your child’s mould allergy symptoms may be more common in the autumn when the weather is mild and wet, especially if you live in an area where harvesting happens.

 

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