What Is a Pediatric Allergist?
It’s important for kids to be able to explore and enjoy the world around them, both indoors and outdoors, but sometimes allergies can get in the way. Allergies can limit or inhibit a child’s experiences with different foods and environments, but a pediatric allergist can help. You’ll find a quality pediatric allergist here at Allergy & Asthma Center who can identify allergens and develop an allergy treatment plan for your child so he or she can get back to being a kid again. Reach out to us today to learn more.
So what is a pediatric allergist?
When a child is suffering from seasonal allergies or regular allergic reactions, then it’s a good idea to take him or her to see a pediatric allergist. This type of professional can help identify the allergens the child is reacting to, like pet dander, pollen, dust, mold, certain foods, or even some medications. And after identifying problem allergens, the allergist can help parents come up with ways of avoiding their child’s exposure to the allergens, or even address the allergies themselves or the immune system problems that cause allergic reactions in the first place.
A pediatric allergist is a medical doctor with at least 4 years of medical school, 3 years of primary care pediatric residency training, and at least 2 years of additional study in an allergy and immunology program. The professional also has certification from the American Board of Allergy and Immunology. As the most qualified and capable type of professional to treat your child for allergies, a pediatric allergist is worthy of your trust and confidence!
What services do pediatric allergists provide?
To help your child with his or her allergies or immune system problem, a pediatric allergist will consider a number of diagnostic and treatment services. Some of these may include:
- Allergy testing (with modern, almost painless techniques)
- A list of the child’s allergens for parents
- Advice about avoiding exposure to allergens
- Immunotherapy (allergy shots)
- Various treatments for asthma, such as an inhaler
- Treatments for hay fever (allergic rhinitis) or sinusitis
- Treatments for eczema and/or hives
- Treatments for reactions to certain allergens, like food, or treatments for immune disorders
- Comprehensive allergy treatment plans for children and their parents
- And more
Because pediatric allergists understand children’s needs especially well, these professionals can help you decide which treatments and what kind of treatment plan would be best for your child.
What will happen when I take my child to see a pediatric allergist?
When you bring your child in to see us here at Allergy & Asthma Center, you can expect to be greeted warmly and for one of our pediatric allergists to ask you about your child’s medical history, allergy symptoms, medicines, and possible allergens, as well as your family history of allergies. Then, the allergist will examine your child’s eyes, nose, and throat, and listen to his or her lungs. All of this information and examination will help the allergist determine what the issue could be and how to go about treating it. And if asthma is a concern, the allergist may perform a breathing test which entails the child blowing air quickly into a measuring device.
You can also expect our staff to help your child feel comfortable and safe during the visit. This is another part of the training pediatric allergists receive!
Here at Allergy & Asthma Center, we’d be happy to hear from you for any reason. If you believe your child could benefit from seeing an allergist, especially one that understands children as well as our allergists do, then get in touch with us today. You can either call us at any one of our 3 locations in Lawrenceville, Atlanta, or Conyers, or you can book an appointment with one of our locations online.