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When to See a Pediatrician About Your Child's Allergies

Sometimes kids' allergy symptoms are mild and short-term enough to handle at home. But when they become serious or frequent, it’s time to see a pediatrician.

See the doctor if you child has:

In many cases, your child’s pediatrician can diagnose and treat allergies. The doctor may offer:

  • Medicines to treat the symptoms
  • Advice on how to avoid your child’s allergy triggers. You may need to make changes in your home to cut down on allergy triggers or change your child’s diet.

Your pediatrician may also suggest that you take your child to an allergy specialist. An allergist may do a skin test to find out specifically what your child is allergic to. The doctor places a tiny amount of the allergen on your child's skin -- usually on her back or forearm -- and then pricks the skin underneath. It's safe and fairly painless.

If nothing happens, your child isn't allergic to that trigger. If she is, she’ll get a small, raised bump that itches like a mosquito bite.

If your child has food allergy symptoms, the doctor may suggest not eating certain foods for several days to see if the symptoms go away.

The allergist may suggest shots or oral tablets to gradually make your child less sensitive to allergy triggers.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Roy Benaroch, MD on October 21, 2014

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