THE sun is shining so that means a play date in the park with your little one.
But like adults, babies can also suffer from hay fever, with 15 per cent of young children being affected each year.
Spending more time outdoors over the Easter period is likely to awaken symptoms, as a pollen bomb is set to hit over the next few days.
Today pollen levels are high across the South West, London and the South East, the East of England, the East Midlands, West Midlands, Wales, Yorkshire and the Humber and the North West.
Levels are low in every other region, aside from the North East which will experience mild pollen levels.
These high levels will continue across the country until Sunday, with levels returning to more stable levels on Monday.
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Experts at Babysense say the five most common symptoms of hay fever in little ones are:
- sneezing and coughing
- runny or blocked nose
- red, itchy, watery eyes
Elaine Soller, expert at Babysense said although it isn't possible to avoid hay fever altogether, there are things you can do for your little one to so that they can still play and have fun this Easter.
She said: "Yes, babies can get hay fever. Hay fever in children and babies is very common, and it’s important to be able to differentiate between these allergies and having a common cold.
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"Signs and symptoms of hay fever are similar in babies and children to those in adults."
If you do suspect your child has an allergy then she says you should contact your doctor for further advice.
This, she says, is important as your baby may need to get tested to get an accurate diagnosis.
"It is important to be sure it is a pollen allergy/hay fever and to rule out any medical conditions which may require prescription medication.
"There are, however, things you can be doing to reduce the chance of your child getting hay fever and or minimising the symptoms.
"Firstly, I would suggest checking the pollen count online, and avoiding going on long days out if it is too high."
Secondly, she said you shoud ensure your home and any common places your child goes (for example a car) are always kept dust-free (dust with a damp cloth) and vacuumed down on a regular basis.
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"As well as this, I would keep windows and doors shut around the house to stop pollen from entering.
"Finally, when you return from an outing I would wash your baby’s clothes to rid them of pollen and to remove any pollen from your child's face, gently wash it with cool water", she added.
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