Summer can mean a lot of things. Sun, adventure and above all, fun. However, here is a slight downside to all that enjoyment in that allergies are rampant. Sneezing, sniffling and lack of sleep can lead to increasingly grumpy children! Thankfully, I have some top tips from Joy Richards sleep specialist with online bed retail business Happy Beds to help with sleeping during allergy season that may ease those pollen induced sniffles just enough to squeeze in some much needed shut eye.
As you’re well aware, getting the little ones to sleep is hard enough, but hopefully this will make summer that little bit easier for you.
1. Blow Their Nose Before Bed
An easy way to get rid of some those awful sniffles is to simply blow their nose before bed! If your child isn’t a fan, then make it a fun part of the bed time routine; tell your child that if they let you blow their nose, they can blow yours! Doing this before bed will help clear out any daytime muck that may aggravate their allergies. Alongside this, it’ll make it that much easier to breathe smoothly during the night-time, and hopefully mean less chances of waking up with a pollen-blocked nose.
2. Invest in Some Child Friendly Nasal Spray
If you’re looking for something a little stronger, there are plenty of child friendly nasal sprays that will help clear out those nostrils before bedtime.
Calpol and Otrivine are tailored to younger allergy sufferers, and a quick spray before tucking them in is all you need to prepare them for a sneeze-free snooze.
3. Add Some Eucalyptus to Bath Time
A good scrub before hitting the mattress is great for getting rid of the pollen that may still be lingering from a playful day. If you’re worried that this isn’t quite enough to alleviate the issue, then try adding a dash of eucalyptus oil to your child’s bath. However, this is not suited for children under the age of 10 due to the chemical cineole. Assuming that your child is over 10 however, a dash of eucalyptus will relieve some of those allergy infused issues just in time for bed, and hopefully, lead to a sniffle free night!
4. Invest in an Air Purifier
If your child is particularly susceptible to summer allergies, then investing in an air purifier may be a great way to air out the room and make it easier for him or her to breathe easily at night. Alongside this, it will also mean that any dust or pollen that has gathered throughout the day will be circulated out and won’t irritate their allergies any further.
5. Avoid Opening the Window Before 10am
Pollen loves nothing more than an early morning. The sun has just risen, the flowers are in bloom and those pesky grains are getting ready to aggravate all the innocent hay fever sufferers who are just trying to enjoy their summer.
If your child is one of them, try avoiding opening their bedroom window during these peak pollen times as chances are it’ll congregate in your child’s room and await their attempts at a restful night.
Summer is the season of fun, and hay fever can really put a damper on things. If your child is exhausted from allergies keeping them up at night, then hopefully these tips will help them get enough rest to have the energy they need to enjoy the sun!
Do your children suffer with sleep due to allergies? If you’d like more advice on sleep, or would like to know what you need to help alleviate any issues that are stopping you sleep, take a look here.