Home > Lifestyle > When Hay Fever Hits: Coping Skills For Kids

When Hay Fever Hits: Coping Skills For Kids

By: Ian Murnaghan BSc (hons), MSc - Updated: 28 Dec 2012 | comments*Discuss
Hay Fever Coping Skills Kids Irritated

Hay fever is painful enough for adults who understand the allergy, but it can be doubly difficult for kids, particularly when they experience symptoms during school hours. Coping skills are important for kids to learn because it teaches them to take an active role in their allergy management and also ensures that they can cope during school hours, when a parent is not present.

Talking To Teachers

If your child suffers from hay fever, it's important that teachers and relevant administrators at the school are made aware of it. This will ensure that your child receives the appropriate medications as needed and also has a support network during school hours. Although it's important to teach your child coping skills that he or she can apply, a hug from a teacher and kind words of support for your child's discomfort can make a real difference.

It's important that your child doesn't feel isolated and 'different' from other children who don't suffer from hay fever. Ideally, your child's school will take an approach that involves educating everyone at school on allergies. For children, myths and confusion over what hay fever is and how it affects your child can be hurtful.

Hay Fever Medications

A recent study has suggested that hay fever medications can cause students to drop down a letter grade in school. This problem is unfortunately due to the sedating effects of several hay fever drugs, which impacts memory and cognition. If possible, you should speak to your child's doctor about options for non-sedating hay fever medications.

Outdoor Play

Lunch and snack breaks can be the best part of your child's day at school. It's a chance to take a break from indoor classes and have some fun outside. For children with hay fever, however, this time outside can exacerbate symptoms. Instead of being a source of pleasure, your child may begin to dread the outdoors.

Make sure that your child has the appropriate medications for days when pollen counts are high and keep a good line of communication with your child's teachers, so that medications can be safely administered as needed.

Dealing With An Irritated Nose

Constant sneezing, nose blowing and rubbing can leave your child with a raw and red nose. Ensure that your child has ample supplies of tissues-you can buy several smaller packets that you child can conveniently keep in his or her pockets. A little pot of Vaseline is also useful. Your child can dab a little under his or her nose to provide a lubricating barrier to the constant irritation from blowing and rubbing.


Fostering confidence in a child who suffers from hay fever is important. Children who regularly deal with hay fever symptoms may wonder, 'why me?' They may also feel helpless to participate in their treatment and may suffer from embarrassment and social isolation when they worry about playing outdoors, for example.

The first step in managing hay fever is to obtain a treatment plan from your child's doctor. Yet, even with the best treatments symptoms may not disappear and may still plague your child, albeit to a lesser degree. If your child doesn't know other children who deal with hay fever, it can help to reassure him or her that hay fever is common and that your child is not alone in the struggle to handle hay fever symptoms. You can also compliment your child on his or her strength in coping and reflect on your child's frustration and discomfort. It's important that your child feels understood.

Also remember to focus on the positive aspects of treatment. Telling your child, 'I'm so proud of how you have been looking after yourself at school' and 'I'm glad you told your teacher that you needed your nasal spray' shows your appreciation of your child's ability to cope.

Untreated, hay fever symptoms are a painful burden for a child to face during school hours. Your child may feel isolated from other kids and may struggle without parental support. Exam marks and other forms of school performance may also be adversely affected. Fortunately, you can teach your child coping skills that will help him or her to handle hay fever symptoms and function well during school hours. Instead of grumbling about hay fever symptoms, your child can get back to grumbling about homework!

You might also like...
Share Your Story, Join the Discussion or Seek Advice..
I have had a sinus infection and also got bad hayfever it caused me to miss work and effects my day to day things at the min
jags - 17-Sep-11 @ 6:51 PM
Share Your Story, Join the Discussion or Seek Advice...
(never shown)
(never shown)
(never shown)
(never shown)
Enter word:
Latest Comments
  • Andrew
    Re: Tree Pollen
    I have been effected by tree pollen for years and so I know the signs. This year highlights the confusion for those who do not know about tree pollen…
    29 March 2020
  • Paul
    Re: Tree Pollen
    I forgot to add, I get these symptoms in the house too. Apologies for the typing issues in my earlier post. I am typing this from an I phone. Paul
    22 March 2020
  • Paul
    Re: Tree Pollen
    Hi all, I have enjoyed reading your comments. With interest. We have a very large oak near to the front of the property, a very large tree outside of,…
    22 March 2020
  • Andrea
    Re: Tree Pollen
    My husband has a dry tickly cough and with the COVID 19 we are self isolating. I have post nasal drip, so constantly swallowing, a fullness in my head,…
    21 March 2020
  • Strontium
    Re: Tree Pollen
    I also suffer with tree pollen allergy. You need to modify your diet. Food and drink are a massive contributor to your body's histamine levels.…
    16 March 2020
  • kmac
    Re: Tree Pollen
    pgm - I am in the same boat. Always suffered from hay fever, but usually just itchy eyes and the tiredness. Last year in March the tree pollen made me…
    15 March 2020
  • Pgm
    Re: Tree Pollen
    I usually get tree pollen allergy between late March and end of May. This year it has started early with itchy throat and eyes and a tendency to cough.…
    13 March 2020
  • satya
    Re: Hayfever Eye Care
    since last 3 years have developed pollen allergy, red tomatto red eyes ,running nose and what not, i stay in india gujarat and dont know how to…
    2 March 2020
  • Lilo
    Re: Tree Pollen
    My son now 13 suffered from really bad tree and grass pollen induced hayfever and also Asthma. He is now in the second year of self funded oral…
    23 February 2020
  • Amy
    Re: Tree Pollen
    Last year suggested with hay fever for first time. I sneeze a lot and get really itchy ears and sometimes itchy eyes. When it gets really bad also…
    8 February 2020