This can help you to act and, if necessary, call upon one of the many people who can help you to decide which steps to take to re-establish symptom control with different doses of medication or different treatments.
Below is an example of a symptom diary showing how it may be filled in. It shows how, by recording some information, a doctor may be able to understand more how an allergy is affecting a child over a period of time and what symptoms they are having. Remember to write both positive and negative changes in symptoms in a symptom / treatment diary.
|Name of Child: Joe Brown||Age: 5 years||GP: Dr. Smith|
|Day and Time of Day||Symptoms / Duration||Was there a trigger: i.e. contact?||Action and Response|
|1st March ‘21|
|Itchy rash, red-looking|
around face and swollen eyes and sneezing
|Round friend’s house –|
(they have a cat )
|Anti-histamine syrup given, made appt with|
GP, this seemed to get better after a couple of
hours when we were back at home.
|16th April ‘14|
|Sneezing and watery|
eyes, itchy nose
|Playing in garden after|
grass had been cut
|Washed face and hands and bathed eyes, felt|
better but eyes still red and itchy a couple of
hours later therefore anti-histamine given.
Felt better later in evening, no further symptoms
|27th April ‘14||Itchy eczema like skin around wrists and knees||Started to itch for a while at school, complained of after school – no obvious|
|Moisturising cream applied and uncovered|
areas and allowed to cool down. Less red areas and skin looked calmer and less dry. Will mention to GP as have follow up visit.