Allergies in Children–Prep questions for your conversation with the pediatrician.
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)
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?
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)