Allergy and Asthma Program | Your Visit

Preparing for your visit to the Allergy and Asthma Program

Before your visit to Boston Children’s Hospital, check with your primary care doctor to see if an insurance referral is required for your visit and bring the appropriate referral forms and authorization numbers with you. In addition, you should bring:

  • the name and complete address of your child's primary care doctor
  • medical records including, but not limited to, their growth chart, immunization records, x-rays, blood tests, skin test results and medications
  • completed Allergy New Patient History form.
  • Asthma Control Test form for 4 to 11 year old children or for 12 years and older (if previously diagnosed with asthma)
  • any forms required by your child’s daycare or school
  • review this important information regarding billing

If you are scheduled for a food challenge, venom testing or medication/vaccine testing, get information about specific testing instructions.

Your allergy or asthma appointment

Checking in

When you arrive at the hospital, sign in at a kiosk, either in the main lobby or on Fegan 6. You will be able to update any demographic information, as well as pay your copay or any existing balance on the account.

After signing in at the kiosk, proceed to the front desk on Fegan 6 to complete your check in. You will then be asked for the Allergy New Patient History Form and the Asthma Control Test form if you have ever been diagnosed with asthma. To save time at check-in, print and fill out these forms ahead of time and bring them with you.

During your visit

An evaluation may take one or two visits to the Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Program. The first visit can take two to four hours. Allergy skin testing, breathing tests, blood tests or other tests may be completed. Allergy testing for medications (penicillin and other antibiotics), vaccines or stinging insects will be scheduled after your first consult on a different day. These special types of tests are more intensive and may take up to three hours.

You may be asked if you are willing to have your child participate in a clinical research study or clinical trial. All clinical research is approved by the Boston Children’s Institutional Review Board (IRB). Participation in any research study is always voluntary.

After your visit

After one of our providers has seen you, make sure:

  • prescriptions are refilled
  • school, camp or work forms are completed
  • additional testing visits or follow-up appointments are scheduled

You can access the patient portal to see your clinical notes, lab results or to contact your provider. At any time, do not hesitate to ask one of our staff for assistance or information.