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Gentle nasal washing in babies – little actions can have big impacts

How gentle nasal washing benefits babies. First, a little baby anatomy Did you know that babies are “obligate nose breathers” which means all babies can only breathe through their nose for their first few months. Despite this limitation, they’re still cleverly designed little beings - by breathing through their nose, babies are able to feed, [...]

By |November 20th, 2017|Allergies & Hayfever, Child Health, Colds & Sinusitis|0 Comments

Is it just a cold? Or is it allergic rhinitis?

Is it a lingering cold or allergic rhinitis? Allergic rhinitis (hay fever) symptoms can easily be mistaken for the common cold or the starting symptoms of a viral infection, so if you’ve had a lingering “cold” or “congestion, it’s worth having a chat to your doctor or pharmacist to get a more accurate diagnosis. With [...]

Know your nose. Useful facts to know!

We might not pay might attention to them, except when they’re blocked, but noses are highly developed filtration systems. Noses filter and clean the air we breathe before it travels to our lungs. Adults breathe in approximately 18,000 to 20,000 litres of air through their nose daily. They are our early warning system by alerting [...]

How to kick hay fever “fuzzies” to the kerb!

 Sluggishness, lethargy, drowsiness - when it comes to hay fever they all amount to the same thing. You’re not kicking goals. You’re not your usual productive self. You’re not at your peak. With a head feels fuzzy and your eyes water and nose itches, how can you turn it around? The source of your drowsiness [...]

To blow or not to blow? Caring for your nose.

Caring for your nose A blocked nose, aka nasal congestion, can be enough to make your eyes water. The trouble with blocked noses is that their exact cause can be difficult to pinpoint. A stuffy or blocked nose may be caused by hay fever or by a cold or even some other problem like sinusitis. [...]

Are you a seasonal or perennial hay fever patient? Why does it matter?

Seasonal or perennial hay fever? Hay fever is the most common allergic disorder in Australia and New Zealand. Many of us regard it as a nuisance rather than a treatable condition. And it can often be confused with the onset of a cold as the symptoms are so similar e.g. runny or blocked nose, sneezing [...]

By |October 8th, 2017|Allergies & Hayfever, Child Health|0 Comments

Back to school basics for a smoother transition!

It’s back to school next week for the final term of the school year! Time to start reminding our kids about sunscreen, hats, lunch boxes, stationery, hygiene and more! We hope our back to school basics help you and your little student have a smooth transition back this term. Lunchbox wins Attending school takes a [...]

By |October 5th, 2017|Allergies & Hayfever, Child Health, Uncategorized|0 Comments

House pets and hay fever; some practical tips!

Pet “dander” is an animal’s dead skin cells. Dander is attached to the pet’s hair and can trigger typical symptoms of hay fever, including itchy nose, sneezing and itchy, watery eyes. The problem with pet allergens As pet’s dander is shed, it is deposited onto, and into, soft furnishings including cushions, carpets, bedding, as well [...]

By |September 25th, 2017|Allergies & Hayfever, Child Health, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Hay fever hygiene and getting a good night’s sleep!

While many of us look forward to seeing Spring blossom and warmer, sunny days, for many the “hay fever and allergy season” is approached with dread. But there are a number of practical, routine steps you can take for yourself and/or your family members that can help ease this seasonal discomfort. Allergic rhinitis (commonly referred [...]

By |September 11th, 2017|Allergies & Hayfever, Child Health, Health|0 Comments

Hay fever and allergies – a correct diagnosis matters

Allergic rhinitis – the low down  Allergic rhinitis is more commonly known as hay fever and it affects about 18% of Australians, both young and old. Contrary to the commonly used name, it is not caused by hay, nor does it result in a fever. If your eyes or your nose come into contact with [...]