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12 simple tips to protect your child from pollen!

Spring and summer can be a little frustrating because you want to encourage you child to be out doors but every time you do they are struck down by hay fever! Hay fever is more common in older children than babies with more boys being affected than girls interestingly.  To read my full blog on hay fever and its medical treatment you can click here or if you just want some top tips to help to avoid pollen then keep reading!

If you suspect hay fever the best thing to do is to limit your child’s exposure to the allergen pollen. This sounds simple, but once children are involved is anything actually easy?! Here’s some top tips to get you started!

  • met.ie-logo (2)Keep your child inside if the pollen count is above 50 or high.  To check the pollen count on any given day you can look up the MET Éireann website – http://www.met.ie/forecasts/pollen.asp
  • Let your child wear wrap-around sunglasses to stop the pollen from contacting their eyes.
  • Keep windows closed on days of a high pollen count. This one is hard because it’s often quite warm on these days but needs must!
  • Don’t hang your child’s clothes or bedding outside to dry as they may become covered in pollen which will cause irritation at night or during the day.
  • Don’t keep fresh flowers in the house (a good excuse for the men not to buy any!!)
  • Hoover regularly.
  • Dust with a damp cloth regularly.
  • If outdoors avoid areas where grass is being cut or has recently been cut.
  • Keep car windows closed when driving.
  • recirculated-airIf using the air conditioning in your car set it to re-circulate the air in the car instead of drawing in new air which may be heavy with pollen.
  • The best time to play outside is after a heavy down pour of rain – Irish weather comes in handy here! This is when the pollen count will be at its lowest.
  • Wash your child’s hands and face once you’ve finished playing outside to remove the pollen. Also change their clothes.

If you cannot get your child’s hay fever under control please do talk to me, your local Pharmacist or your GP.  Further information on the medical treatment of hay fever is available here!

cropped-websitefeetlogo.pngI hope you have found this article helpful and if you have any questions at all please don’t hesitate to contact me by sending a private message to the WonderBaba facebook page (www.facebook.com/wonderbabacare) or by calling me (Sheena) at Milltown totalhealth Pharmacy in Dublin 6 on 012600262. I’m always happy to help!


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A WonderBaba Guide – The Reality of Ringworm

Ringworm is also known as tinea corporis. Surprisingly it has absolutely nothing to do with worms at all, despite its name.  It is a common fungal infection which often affects children but can affect adults too and it is thought that 10-20% of people will suffer from ringworm at some stage in their lives! It is a highly contagious infection which can be passed from human to human and even from dog or cat to human.   It usually affects the arms or legs but can occur almost anywhere.

ringworm-wonderbabaWhat does it look like?

  • Affects arms and legs most frequently
  • Round, red or silvery patches of skin which can be scaly
  • The skin can be itchy and inflamed.

 

How do I prevent it? Continue reading


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A WonderBaba Guide to Nausea and Vomiting in Children!

wonderbaba nausea titleNausea describes the feeling of needing to vomit.  It is when your stomach feels queasy and sick and this is often accompanied by increased saliva production and an increased heart rate.  Unfortunately nausea and vomiting can be common in babies and children.  When babies are very young it can be normal for them to vomit a little bit after food – this is known as possetting. Continue reading


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How to help babies and children with ear pressure on a flight!

How to help babies or children with ear pressure on a flight! Its hard to explain to a baby that their ears may “pop” or feel very pressurised on a flight and it’s even more difficult to calm them down from the discomfort this can cause! As an adult you can suck on a hard sweet, try to yawn repetitively or hold your nose and blow gently to try to equalise the pressure within your inner ear. These techniques would all work for a baby but are not exactly possible due to practical and cognitive issues!! So lets have a look at what is practical! Tips to try to reduce pressure build up in your babies ears:P6_053c Continue reading


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Eczema and Dermatitis – A parent’s complete guide.

Eczema and Dermatitis – A parent’s complete guide.

What is it and who does it affect?

These two terms are both used to describe the same skin condition which can cause dry, itchy and irritated skin.  It is the most common inflammatory disease of the skin.  Approximately one in five children under six years of age suffer from eczema.  Children often grow out of it and as a result only one in twelve adults have eczema.   It can occur in very young babies and often begins with a small patchy rash on the cheeks or scalp. It can be differentiated from cradle cap by examining its colour.  Cradle cap tends to be yellow in colour whereas eczema will cause more of a red rash.  Continue reading


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A WonderBaba Guide to Dehydration

Dehydration in babies and children

Dehydration occurs when your baby or child’s body is losing more liquid than it is taking in.  This affects the levels of salts and sugars in their bodies and an inbalance can have a knock on effect on many of the body’s functions.  Water makes up two thirds of the human body and as babies have such a low body weight even the smallest fluid losses can really affect them. Continue reading


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A Sun Care Guide for Babies and Children!

sunshine-wonderbabaThankfully it’s getting to that time of year again when we need to consider how best to protect our little ones from the strong UV rays.  Sometimes we associate sun cream and sun care with going on holidays or travelling abroad but actually it’s as important to be proactive when we are at home in Ireland too! The UV damage is just as bad in Irish weather as it is abroad – 90% of the UV rays can penetrate light cloud coverage.   Did you know that getting sunburnt in your childhood increases your risk of melanoma later in life? Continue reading


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A WonderBaba guide to wasp and bee stings!

Summer and early Autumn are the most common times for wasps and bees to sting.  Bee and wasps stings are common in children as they are more likely to try to touch or catch them as they see them and think cute and funny!  Bee movie has a lot to answer for 😉 When a wasp stings it does not leave its stinger behind – but it does leave behind a small dose of its venom and can sting a number of times. Wasps are more aggressive than bees. Continue reading


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A WonderBaba guide to the prevention and management of burns and scalds in children.

A guide to the prevention and management of burns and scalds in children.

A burn is defined as ‘an injury caused by exposure to heat, electrical, chemical, or radioactive agent’ and a scald is a burn which is specifically caused by hot liquid or steam.

Babies and young children are much more at risk to burns than adults as their skin is so much thinner.  This means they can suffer deeper burns or scalds in a much quicker timeframe than adults even with liquids or surfaces which are not very hot.  The most likely group of people to suffer from a burn or scald are toddlers under the age of two years.  These injuries are most likely to occur at home and according to the results of one study (Patterns of burns and scalds in children by Kemp et al) the most common cause of scalds in children under five years was a cup/mug of hot beverage being pulled down on themselves.  The most common cause of a contact burn was from touching hair straighteners or irons (42%) and oven hobs (27%).   Continue reading


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Ear Infections in Children – A Guide for Parents!

Ear infections in children

An ear infection is inflammation of the middle section of the ear which can be caused by a viral or bacterial infection. An ear infection causes fluid to build up behind the ear drum which is what causes the pain. It often occurs after a sore throat, cold or upper respiratory infection as these ailments give way to a perfect breeding ground for bacteria and also make it easy for viral infections to spread to the middle ear. Sore throats, colds, and upper respiratory infections cause inflammation of the passageways between the ear and the throat and as children have smaller eustachian tubes than adults, and less efficient immune systems, it makes them even more susceptible. In fact, 75% of children will experience an ear infection by the time they celebrate their third birthday! Continue reading