10 Questions to Ask Your Pediatrician About Childhood Allergies
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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?
Clifford Bassett, MD, vice-chair, public education committee, American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology, allergy specialist, New York City.
Dennis Woo, MD, pediatrician, Santa Monica--UCLA & Orthopaedic Hospital, Santa Monica, Calif.