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Hay fever - what else can I do?

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Biscuitsneeded Mon 08-Jun-15 20:52:02

Ds1, 10, has horrendous hay fever. I took him to GP a few weeks ago to pre-empt and got Beconase spray which is a steroid that is supposed to de-congest. He also has over the counter children's loratadine every morning. Until this weekend he wasn't too bad and I thought the Beconase was doing something. But over the last couple of days his eyes have started streaming, and he's totally bunged up. I feel simultaneously really sorry for him and utterly irritated by his bunged upness. He's not sniffing, as nothing is moving or running - it's all just solid, it's just as if he's snoring while awake. Do we just live with it, or go back to GP? Can anyone recommend anything that actually works??

CocktailQueen Mon 08-Jun-15 20:53:10

Allergy reliever - the prongs that you stick up your nose? They work well for me. From tesco, chemists etc.

Biscuitsneeded Mon 08-Jun-15 21:22:40

Do they do those for kids? Will look into it. He's been trying to go to sleep for a while now. I just cracked and gave him some otrivine (which is not meant to be for repeated use) and he couldn't even sniff to inhale it because everything is solid.

lennonj Mon 08-Jun-15 22:05:05

Eye drops for the streaming eyes as I find with my son the oral medicines do nothing, plus sunglasses. I wish I knew what could help his stuffed up nose - having suffered badly as a child and teenager I know how crap hay fever makes you feel. Try whatever you can, luckily there's more options nowadays.

DoJo Mon 08-Jun-15 22:12:15

Have you tried a goodly helping of vaseline around his nostrils? I believe the theory is that it traps the pollen before it can irritate the nasal passages. Also, depending on how co-ordinated he is, could nasal irrigation help? Basically a small watering can full of warm saline solution poured up one nostril so that it comes down the other, flushing out all the blockages as it goes - might be worth a try to shift what's already up there.

DoJo Mon 08-Jun-15 22:13:06

Oh, and don't line-dry clothes as they will pick up pollen and he will basically be walking around in an allergy suit - seems so obvious when you think about it, but I didn't until someone else mentioned it to me!

Happypiglet Mon 08-Jun-15 22:21:30

My DS1 is the same. It's got really bad over the weekend. What eye drops can he use?

Simplemind Tue 09-Jun-15 07:18:57

My son is 7 and is prescribed opatanol Eye drops - they are brilliant . Also we find ceterizine much better than loratadine. My son has just finished 3 years of desensitisation through St Thomas hospital. It's been brilliant. Pm if you want to know more details .

CocktailQueen Tue 09-Jun-15 21:51:52

Allergy reliever is fine for dc over 6 under supervision. My 7yo DS uses mine.

cedmonds Fri 12-Jun-15 22:22:13

Ds is suffering really badly at the moment he is on a huge list of drugs and it still isnt controlled. Last year telfast really helped him its prescription only
At the moment he is taking
avamys nasal spray x 2 day
montelukast tabs one per day
sodium cromogliate (sp?) eye drops.
Telfast x2 a day
loratadine 1xday
and asthma drugs

TaffyandTeenyTaffy Fri 12-Jun-15 22:25:41

local honey
showering night and morning
steam over a bowl of water

GlitzAndGigglesx Fri 12-Jun-15 22:28:28

Vicks mixed with Vaseline around the nostrils. I hate when I get hayfever there's no warning signs it's just full on

MrsCrankypants Fri 12-Jun-15 22:33:55

I'm not sure if they do them for children but my husband swears by using a Hay Band. He has bad hay fever and says its better than any drugs and he's not an alternative medicine kind of person.

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