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How to… cope with summer allergies

From hayfever to heatrash, hives from a holiday bought laundry detergent or food intolerance, children’s Summer allergies can prove a headache (especially if you are suffering too!)

Here are a few tips…

Check the pollen count: Piriton have a useful calendar on their website showing different types of pollen and their peak irritant times.Tough as it is to keep children indoors at these times, you’ll thank yourself for it – Piriton and Play Ambassador Jeni Hooper suggest a few creative ideas for indoor play such as creating skittles from used plastic bottles and entertaining the little ones with a bowling alley or turning a big cardboard box into a den. (Editor’s tip: if you want to cheat on den-making, check out the gorgeous range at Just for Tiny People)

– Take medication with you: even if you are not heading somewhere remote, stock up so you’re not caught short. Allergy.org offer useful cards in 27 languages explaining different conditions – handy if your holiday does take you off the beaten track.

– Talk to your kids: sneezing for no reason or random rashes can be terrifying, get some dialogue going so that they understand what’s happening.

SM tip: “my son got really upset when sneezes seemed to come out of nowhere. We found getting him to choose a set of handkerchiefs and take control of them – putting clean ones in his pocket and dirty ones in the laundry basket – helped. Get some with a favourite character, or you can even have a drawing immortalised – check out NotontheHighSt for some creative ideas…”


Stroller days out: Blists Hill at Play

Show the kids a playtime of a bygone era at Victorian town Blists Hill this holiday.

Partake in Victorian Track Events including skipping, sack races and egg & spoon and on certain days enjoy a game of football on the Green. Join in children’s activities, try your hand at Croquet and see the Prince Albert Players performing ‘Victorian Classics; Edward Lear’.

Or you can chat to the Townsfolk in their shops and cottages, find out about curious remedies in the Pharmacy, see traditional skills in action at the printers, candle makers and decorative plasterers and join in the sing-a-long in the New Inn Pub.

more info here