10 Questions to Ask Your Pediatrician About Childhood Allergies

Reviewed by Dan Brennan, MD on May 26, 2020

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.

  1. How do you know my child has nasal allergies?
  2. Which over-the-counter or prescription medicines would help most? Which side effects should I watch for?
  3. Does my child need allergy shots? What about further testing or other treatment?
  4. Is there anything else I should do to help control the allergies, like dusting more often?
  5. If my child gets a cough, especially at night, could that be related to nasal allergies?
  6. How can I tell the difference between allergies and a cold?
  7. Do pets make treating allergies harder?
  8. Is there a difference between indoor and outdoor allergies?
  9. Which symptoms are so serious that I should bring my child in to see you?
  10. When should my child see a specialist for allergy treatment?
WebMD Medical Reference


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.

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