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 doctor or pharmacist asks about:

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

Make symptom tracking easier with this printable. Children's Allergy Symptom Tracker (PDF) 

Step 2: Be prepared

Be prepared to discuss your child’s allergy symptoms and family allergy history with your doctor or pharmacist.

  • When did you first notice your child’s allergy symptoms? How old was he or she?
  • Does anyone else in your family have allergies? Mum? 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 may 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 to help manage my child’s allergies?
  • Should my child see an allergy specialist?

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