10 Questions to Ask Your Pediatrician About Childhood Allergies
Your child’s doctor has a lot of great information about allergies, but it's so easy to forget important questions when you're in the office. Here’s a list of key things to ask about kids' allergies. Print it and take it to your child’s next appointment.
- How do you know my child has nasal allergies? How can you be sure?
- What are the best over-the-counter or prescription medicines for my child, and what side effects should I watch for?
- Does my child also need allergy shots, further testing, or other treatment?
- Is there anything else I should do to help control the allergies, such as dusting the house more often?
- If my child gets a cough, especially at night, could that be related to nasal allergies?
- How can I tell the difference between allergy symptoms and a cold?
- We have pets. Do they make treating allergies harder?
- Should my child carry doses of epinephrine or wear a medical alert bracelet?
- Which symptoms are serious enough to see the doctor?
- When should my child see a specialist in addition to a pediatrician for allergy treatment?