Baby Health Hay Fever

Newborn Tips#1: Don't Hush-A-Bye-Baby
You don't have to be quiet while the baby is sleeping. The womb is loud, and newborns are used to the noise. When ours first came home, we watched television and I would vacuum, wash dishes and talk on the phone around her while she slept. She got used to sleeping with noise, and I could get stuff done. I am still able to vacuum in her room while she sleeps (she is 14 months), and she is peaceful and well rested when she wakes up.
Newborn Tips#2: Soothe Your Wailing Newborn
When my baby cries, I comfort her by patting her back in a heartbeat-like rhythm. That helps her burp more quickly, and it also helps her relax if she's crying from insecurity. If this doesn’t work, I also try one or all of Dr. Harvey Karp's five calming moves: swaddling, shushing, holding her on her side, swinging her or letting her suck. Sometimes it takes all six!

Additional Information:

Around 20% of the British population is affected by hay fever. Basically it is an allergy to pollen which is released from plants into the air from March until early September.

Hay fever in babies and children under five is rare, but not unheard of.

Baby health is a priority so it's hard to see your child struggling to cope with hay fever symptoms which can include a runny nose and itchy sore, red or watery eyes.

The Symptoms tend to be more severe early in the mornings and in the early evening.

Despite its name, there is no actual fever associated with hay fever so if your baby has a fever she is more likely to be suffering from a cold.

How to cope with hay fever in babies

The daily pollen count is available online and on TV weather bulletins so take notice and keep your baby inside if the count is high or if it's a windy day (which would stir up the pollen more). If you do go out on a high pollen count day choose seaside trips or visits into town rather than green places, like parks, where there will be more pollen.

Try not to open the windows and use fans or air conditioning to keep cool. The same goes for in your car.

If your baby goes outside make sure you wash her hair, face and hands and change her clothes when she comes back indoors to clear away any pollen caught on the fabrics or her skin.

Newborn Tips#3: Help Get Your Baby to Latch
If you are having latch-on issues while breastfeeding your baby, you can use breast shields to help the process. This was a wonderful tip that I learned from my lactation consultant. I had to use the shields for an entire month before my baby would latch onto my own nipple without them. Had it not been for the breast shields, I would not have been able to continue nursing my baby.
Newborn Tips#4: Get Prepped
At 3 weeks, babies’ days and nights become more predictable, and you can focus on yourself in addition to your newborn. One way to do that is by reducing your stress level - and having everything ready for your hungry baby and yourself is one way to do that. Start by prepping for the next feeding as soon as the previous one is over. For example, after an 11 p.m. feeding, get ready for the 2 a.m. one by prepping whatever you need for feeding and putting out fresh drinking water for yourself so you don’t have anything to think about in the middle of the night. During the day, take advantage of the baby’s naps to work out, shower or catch up on e-mail, or take a nap too.

During summer months dry your baby's clothes in a tumble dryer or on an indoors rack as leaving her clothes to dry outdoors will result in pollen sticking to the fibres.

Toddlers can wear a pair of wrap-around sunglasses which will prevent some pollen getting in her eyes.

Use an air-conditioner or fan in the home and car rather than opening the windows

Mums of babies with hay fever find smearing a tiny amount of petroleum jelly around the inside of baby's nose helps capture pollen and stop it being breathed in.

Remember to wash your pets regularly too as they can bring in pollen on their fur. Or wipe them down with a damp towel to catch loose pollen.

Treating hay fever in babies

o Wipe her eyes with cotton wool and cool water to soothe the symptoms

o While specially formulated hay fever treatments can give relief from some symptoms they should only be given to children above one year old.

o Your GP may recommend antihistamines which can be given to children over one year and are sometimes given in small doses to babies. But always consult your GP on a medicine's suitability for your baby.

o GP's sometimes prescribe a steroid nasal spray in severe cases of hay fever in babies.


Newborn Tips#5: Keeping Your Baby Awake During Feedings
When our baby was eating slowly and sleepily, my husband and I would massage her cheek to stimulate her to eat faster. A gentle stroke with a fingertip on her cheek was all it took, and on those long sleepless nights, this simple trick was a godsend! Our friends have found it works great with their infants too. When babies eat efficiently until they're full before going to sleep, they sleep for longer between feedings. And that means you’re both likely to be calmer!
Newborn Tips#6: Help Your Baby Bond with Dad
Make sure your baby has ample time alone with Daddy. His touch and voice are different than yours, and this will begin a bonding process and give you a break. Plus, it gets the baby used to being with someone other than you. The first few times can be hard. Make sure your baby is fed and well rested, as this will give you at least one or two hours before you're needed again. Then leave Dad and the baby alone. If you stay nearby, make sure the baby can’t see or hear you, and resist the urge to go into the room and "fix" things if she starts crying. Your baby cries with you and you experiment to find out what's wrong. Dads need time to do this too - in their own way. By allowing this time, your child will learn there is more than one way to receive comfort, which will help immensely when you leave your baby with a sitter or another family member for the first time. You could have your partner bathe her, put her to bed or just read or talk to her.
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