Pediatric allergy and immunology specialists are experts at working with kids who suffer from allergies. They not only find the source of the problem but do so in a way that puts your child at ease during the examinations. A child suffering from allergies is often miserable enough as it is and probably tired of the symptoms and the fear that can accompany a serious allergy.
These specialists are trained in the latest diagnostic and treatment tools to effectively care for their young patients. Promising new therapies and safe tools for infants are also a part of this focused specialty.
The allergist will test your child to find the irritant or other underlying cause of the condition. Once the doctor identifies the problem, he or she can set up a treatment regimen to help restore comfort to the child.
Allergies can affect a child's life in many ways. In addition to the physical symptoms that may have brought your child to the doctor in the first place, children with allergies may have psychological problems, problems sleeping and conflicts with peers.
Allergists can help families learn the ins and outs of a child's allergy, which can include teaching the family how to react quickly and effectively if their child accidentally comes in contact with, or ingests, an allergen. The doctor can also help parents learn how to read food labels and prepare meals to avoid triggering their child's food allergies.
Involvement may also include inquiries about the child's home and sleeping arrangements so that the physician can offer suggestions to reduce dust mites or pet dander, which both can potentially cause allergic reactions.