Allergic rhinitis occurs when the body reacts to allergens in the atmosphere; in the case of hayfever, this reaction is brought about by pollen. Symptoms include sneezing, a runny or itchy nose, watery and itchy eyes. Using an antihistamine such as Piriton (syrup suitable from 12 months, tablets suitable from 6 years) or Piriteze (syrup and tablets suitable from 6 years) can help to relieve these symptoms. Also ensure that you are prepared with an antihistamine to hand in your bag or car during the hayfever season so that if your child is going to be out and about in the park or garden playing when the pollen count is high you can give them an antihistamine at the first signs of symptoms.
For children under 12 months old please speak to your Doctor if they are or you suspect them to be suffering from allergies.