What Parents Need to Know

If you have scheduled an appointment for your child, please read our New Patient's Packet for detailed instructions on preparing for a visit to our pediatric allergy and immunology practice.

Before your visit, please be sure that your child has stopped taking antihistamine medications:

  • Benadryl, Diphenhydramine, Chlorpheniramine, Brompheniramine
    Discontinue 4 days prior to visit
  • Atarax, Zyrtec, Claritin, Clarinex, Hydroxyzine, Allegra, Rynatan, Vistaril
    Discontinue 1 week prior to visit
  • Doxepin, Periactin
    Discontinue 10 days prior to visit

Note: Continue antibiotics, asthma medication, and nose sprays as usual. If you are unsure whether a medication is or contains an antihistamine, please check with your pharmacist.

Please plan to arrive at our practice 15 minutes before your appointment time to complete the registration process. Parking your car may require extra time. If you are more than 30 minutes late, you may need to reschedule your appointment.


When you arrive for your visit, sign in at the front desk upon arrival. The front desk staff will verify your personal information. As a time-saver for first visits, complete the questionnaire found in the New Patient Packet , which will help establish your child's medical history. The staff will provide you with any other necessary forms and inform the medical assistant of your arrival.

Upon arrival, please have ready:

  1. Completed questionnaire
  2. Pertinent medical records and test results
  3. Insurance card
  4. HMO/PPO authorization/referral form(s) if necessary
  5. Name, address and phone number of your referring physician and/or pediatrician


If your insurance requires a referral, please be sure to bring it with you to your appointment. Also, please bring your insurance card(s) and any medical records and prior test results with you on the day of the appointment. If you wish to have the materials faxed prior to the day of the appointment, please do so as it will allow your physician to review materials in advance. However, also bring copies on the day of the visit.

If you have any concerns regarding any aspect of your visit, please call 212-241-5548 and ask to speak with the practice manager.

The Jaffe Food Allergy Institute specializes in all types of food allergic disorders for all degrees of severity.
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