First off, it is important to know that almost all ACAAI member allergists are trained in pediatric allergy even if they do not use the term “pediatric allergist.” ACAAI member allergists have completed years of training to learn how to prevent, diagnose, and treat allergies and immunologic disorders in children of all ages, including asthma, allergic rhinitis (also known as hay fever), hives, eye allergies, eczema, and chronic sinus infections.
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The path to becoming a pediatric allergist begins after obtaining a medical degree. Candidates then go through three or four years of residency training in pediatrics, internal medicine or med-peds, a combination of pediatrics and internal medicine. After that, these doctors must be certified by the American Board of Pediatrics or the American Board of Internal Medicine or both groups. Finally, after two more years serving as fellows in accredited allergy-immunology training programs, future allergists must pass the American Board of Allergy and Immunology (ABAI) certification exam, which tests their skills, knowledge, and experience treating children with allergic disease.
In short, an ABAI-certified allergist is a highly qualified professional with specific training in the science and practice of allergy in children.