When you are concerned about your child’s health, your family doctor or General Practitioner (GP) should be the first person to contact1. Your doctor will do their best to help you and if necessary will refer you to a paediatrician. If you feel your child needs urgent medical attention, the Emergency Department at your local hospital is always available as well.
A visit to your healthcare professional can be stressful for both you and your child. To make sure the visit is short and concise, prepare yourself before you arrive. You can help your doctor by thinking about your child’s symptoms, when they occurred, how long they lasted and your child’s diet at the time2. Our printable symptom checklist (available on this website) will be a great help for this. These tools will make it easier for you and your doctor to discuss your child’s particular problems.
The list below covers some questions that your doctor may ask you during your visit:
- How old was your child when symptoms first started?
- How quickly do symptoms develop?
- How severe are the symptoms?
- How long do they last?
- How often do they happen?
- Where do symptoms usually happen?
- Do the same symptoms happen each time your child eats a particular food?
- How much of the suspected food does your child need to eat for symptoms to occur?
Diagnosis of cow’s milk allergy is not always easy and it can take time. The symptoms of cow’s milk allergy can be similar to those caused by other conditions in babies, so it’s important that these other potential causes are ruled out. If you think that your healthcare professional seems unfamiliar with cows’ milk allergy symptoms, don’t hesitate to ask him/her for a referral to a paediatrician or paediatric specialist (allergist, gastroenterologist or immunologist).
When you are concerned about your child’s health, your family doctor or General Practitioner (GP) should be the first person to contact.
- Sydney Children’s Health Network. 2014. Recognising serious illness in children. NSW Government. Viewed 1 June 2016. https://www.schn.health.nsw.gov.au/parents-and-carers/fact-sheets/recognition-of-serious-illness-in-children
- Allergy UK. 2013. Diagnosis of Allergy in children. British Allergy Foundation. Viewed 1 June 2016. https://www.allergyuk.org/allergy-in-children/diagnosis-of-allergies-in-children