Allergies can cause a lot of problems for kids. Asthma, hay fever, and food allergies can make life difficult for young children. Allergy symptoms can get in the way of their play, learning, and sleep. After all, it’s hard to focus or to fall asleep easily if you are having difficulty breathing, or if you are worrying about whether the school is serving food with your allergen for lunch tomorrow.
As a parent, you want your child to be healthy and to have the best experiences when growing up. If your child is exhibiting symptoms of an allergy, a professional allergist can help you and your child tamp down the allergies.
Fortunately, allergies are highly treatable, so you can indeed get allergy attacks under control.
To make your visit to the allergist a productive one, let’s talk about some questions you should ask your child’s allergist to help you fully understand your child’s allergies, and where you can go in DuPage and Will counties to get an efficient and effective allergy diagnosis – and treatment that works.
Questions to Ask Your Child’s Allergy Doctor
- What is causing my child’s allergy symptoms?
- How can I help my child avoid being exposed to the allergen (triggers of the allergy)?
- Will my child’s allergies affect their growth and development?
- Why did my child develop the allergy in the first place?
- How do I talk to my child about the allergy and explain its risks?
- What treatment options are available?
- How do I teach my child how to stay safe from the allergen and to administer treatment (if necessary)?
- Will the allergies get worse without treatment?
- Are my child’s allergies potentially life-threatening?
- How do I allergy-proof my home?
- Will my child outgrow the allergies?
What Should I Expect from a Pediatric Allergist?
When visiting an allergist with your child, the allergist will likely check the child’s eyes and nose, and use a stethoscope to listen to the sounds inside your child’s lungs. For a definitive diagnosis, the allergist will probably need to perform allergy testing, which may involve a skin prick test, a blood test, and/or an oral food test.
By getting treatment from an allergy doctor, kids can feel better and have fewer problems in school or at home. If your child is experiencing symptoms such as constant sneezing, a runny nose, itchy eyes, or hives, then it is in your child’s best interest to schedule an appointment with an allergy doctor. There are many treatments available for allergies, and an allergy doctor can determine a diagnosis and provide a solution for your child.
Pediatric Allergy Doctor in Downers Grove, Naperville, Elmhurst, and Plainfield, IL
At Oak Brook Allergists, we will determine what is causing your child’s allergies and help you and your child keep them under control as much as possible. We treat environmental allergies, allergic rhinitis (hay fever), asthma, food allergies, and the full spectrum of allergies.
Caring for a child who has allergies can be difficult without the support of a compassionate allergy expert. Our allergy doctors are highly experienced in treating children with allergies, and we know how to communicate with kids on their own level – to gain their trust and to help them understand the allergy.
To schedule an appointment with one of our allergists, call us today at (630) 574-0460 or use our convenient appointment request form online. We look forward to serving your family!