The Invisible Condition Making Your Child Moody, Sleepless and Miss School

Missed days at school, sleepless nights for both child and parents, revision time interrupted, exams ruined and mood changes due to the debilitating symptoms and lack of sleep. This is the reality for around a third of children in the UK every spring and summer. And the cause? It may surprise many people… tiny microscopic particles of pollen!

Hay fever is the ‘invisible’ condition. It’s seen by many as something trivial that just causes irritation. But it’s a condition with no cure that, for millions of children around the UK, can cause missed days at school, sleepless nights, mood changes, disrupted learning and revision, and exams ruined. Studies show that GCSE students with hay fever are 40% more likely to drop a grade between their mocks and final exams, a figure rising to 70% if they are taking sedating antihistamines [1]. And a poll conducted by HayMax allergen barrier balms asking ‘Has your exam performance (or your child’s) ever been affected by hay fever?’ resulted in 44% replying ‘yes’

But there is an answer which doesn’t involve drugs; HayMax Kids is an organic, drug-free allergen barrier balm suitable for kids. It’s made from beeswax and sunflower oil, no added nasties just natural, Soil Association certified organic ingredients. HayMax is suitable for children to use on their own and small enough to fit in their pocket.

If the inventor of HayMax Kids had been able to use a pollen barrier such as HayMax when he was a child, life might have been very different. Sadly, no such thing existed then, so he was stuck with taking one anti-histamine after another, trying to find one that alleviated his hay fever symptoms – itchy eyes, runny nose, sneezing and general exhaustion – without making him drowsy. And he was the kid who took not one but two toilet rolls into the exam hall just to make sure he could get through to the end of the exam.

Much has changed since then. Some of it – including the range and effectiveness of treatments available – very much for the better. But not all: both the proportion of people in general suffering from allergies, and the proportion of sufferers who are children, have increased.

Of course, whatever the allergy, be it hay fever, allergic rhinitis or asthma, dust, mould or pet allergy, the misery it brings – for the child who suffers – and the parent who suffers with the child – has not changed.

If the allergy is serious, it is important to take your child to the GP, to get a proper diagnosis. If the symptoms occur only in high summer on hot, sunny days, it’s almost certainly hay fever. But it could be any of a number of other allergies and, although treatment might differ in each case, there is evidence to show that the organic allergen barrier balm, HayMax applied to the base of their nostrils can work for pollen grains

Try making HayMax Kids part of your child’s daytime and bedtime routine. Apply immediately after washing/showering first thing in the morning and before going to bed. Pop a pot in their school bag and leave a pot by their bed so they can re-apply as needed. Schools are OK with kids taking a pot in with them, as it is drug-free. As with many other things, prevention can be better than cure. In independent studies, HayMax has been shown to trap over a third of the pollen before it gets into the body: less pollen, less reaction.

Folashade Akintade told HayMax, “I was the guinea pig for our family and I’ve found that HayMax works really well, it’s much better than Vaseline. That’s why I’m ordering lots more for our whole family! Thanks.”

HayMax allergen barrier balms retail at £6.99 per pot and are available from Holland & Barrett; selected Morrisons and Boots; Ocado; independent chemists, pharmacists and health stores; on 01525 406600 and from


Hayfever and exam performance Study summary, June 2007, ALL/07-009, The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

Twitter poll conducted by HayMax Ltd, ‘Has your #exam performance (or your child’s) ever been affected by #hayfever?’ 2,029 voted, August 14th, 2017.

Chief Investigator: Professor Roy Kennedy, Principal Investigator: Louise Robertson, Researcher: Dr Mary Lewis, National Pollen and Aerobiology Research Unit, 1st February 2012.

Visit the NHS website or the HayMax website ( for useful information on how to recognise hay fever in children, how to distinguish it from other allergies, and how to help your child or children cope with the symptoms. And visit the HayMax Kids page for lots of fun hay fever facts.