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Be Prepared to See Your Doctor

Talking to your pediatrician about allergies in children shouldn’t be overwhelming. These 3 easy steps can help.

Step 1: Do a little homework before your visit

If you can’t get an appointment right away, track your child’s symptoms. This will prepare you if your pediatrician asks about:

  • Types of symptoms (sneezing, coughing, etc.)
  • The way symptoms impact your child every day
  • Changes in symptoms
  • When symptoms appear
  • Symptom severity

Make symptom tracking easier with this printable Smart Allergy Mom® Toolkit Symptom Tracker (PDF)

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Step 2: Be prepared

Be prepared to discuss your child’s allergy symptoms and family allergy history with your pediatrician.

  • When did you first notice your child’s allergy symptoms? How old was he or she?
  • Does anyone else in your family have allergies? Mom? Dad? Siblings?
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Step 3: Ask the right questions when you’re there

These are the types of questions that often come up when you talk to your child’s doctor about seasonal and indoor allergies .

  • How do you know if my child has allergies?
  • Are there specific allergens that seem to worsen my child’s allergy symptoms?
  • Once symptoms do go away, should I expect allergy symptoms to reappear in my child?
  • Will my child show symptoms all year?
  • In the future, how do I know if symptoms are allergies, or if it’s something else, like a cold?
  • Will my child’s allergies ever get better or go away?
  • Can I do anything around the house to help manage my child’s allergies?
  • Should my child see an allergy specialist?
  • Do you have any samples of Children's Claritin® I could try?

Prepare for your next pediatrician’s appointment. Download Prep Questions (PDF)

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