Tips for parents

Pollen Count

Check the pollen count on Piri website or on our Facebook page to find the pollen count forecast for your area over the next three days and be prepared.

All the main TV stations also do pollen count forecast as part of weather during the hayfever season, along with some of the main newspapers.

Keep Indoors

The Piri Team knows how hard it is to keep kids indoors during the summer but try and get them to stay indoors when the pollen count is at its highest - often in the evening; avoid cut grass; keep windows closed in the car if you are going on a journey.

Carry Antihistamines

If your child suffers from allergy symptoms its always worthwhile carrying some antihistamines in your bag or car for all the cases where allergies can suddenly flare up and there may not be somewhere close buy to purchase them.


Talk to your child - having allergies can be a scary experience for children so it's really important to keep the lines of communication open. Communicate with your child about why they develop the symptoms. They should also learn the importance of communicating with you when they are experiencing symptoms.

Be Prepared

For teenagers summer can bring unwanted pressure around exam time in the form of hayfever. Monitor what time of year they are likely to suffer and remember that there are different pollens that are more prevalent at different times of the year - check out our pollen calendar for more information.

Make sure you and they are prepared with antihistamine tablets in the house and take at the first sign of symptoms and remember to maintain treatment throughout the exam period if they need to.

A non-drowsy option maybe preferable. Always read the label.

Symptom Diary

If your child starts to develop symptoms which you think may be an allergy to something keep a symptom diary recording the date, time, symptoms and duration, where they had been and what you did to treat. You can then share this information with your GP or pharmacist.

By informing and talking to the other parents of children your child socialises with, you can help them to become allergy aware. Talking to other people about your child's allergy can help them to understand the impact that allergy can have.

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