QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR PEDIATRICIAN ABOUT ALLERGIES
When you meet with your pediatrician for the first time to discuss your child’s allergies, you may not know what to ask. To make sure you get all the information you need, here’s a handy list of questions you can print out and take with you. Be sure to write down the pediatrician’s answers so you can share what you learn with your family members.
What is an allergy?
What is my child allergic to?
What triggers my child's allergies?
Will my child's symptoms be worse inside or outside?
Are there times when my child should avoid being outside?
At what time of year will my child's symptoms feel worse?
Does my child need allergy tests?
Does my child need allergy shots?
What should I do when I know my child will be around something that makes their allergy symptoms worse?
What does my child's school or daycare need to know about allergies?
What sort of changes should I make around the home?
- Can we have a pet? In the house or outside? How about in the bedroom?
- Is it okay for me to clean and vacuum when my child is in the house?
- Is it okay to have carpets in the house? What type of furniture is best to have?
- How do I get rid of dust and mold in the house? Do I need to cover my child's bed or pillows?
- Can my child have stuffed animals?
Will my child outgrow their allergy?