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The Allergy Program at Boston Children's Hospital is part of the Division of Immunology. The Program evaluates children with all types of allergy problems. We also conduct skin testing to determine what your child is allergic to.
Allergies are the immune system’s reaction to certain foreign substances called allergens. Common allergens include dust mites, pollen, pet dander, insect stings, medications, and food. When your immune system reacts to these allergens by coughing, sneezing or wheezing, it means you’re allergic to it.
Treatments are designed to suppress the allergic reaction so that your child can be safely exposed to the allergens and have the symptoms treated when they occur. Our treatment approaches range from environmental controls to immunotherapy (allergy shots).
Download our fact sheet about the Allergy and Asthma Program.
Our program is staffed by a team of experienced clinicians, all of whom have specialized training in the care of children with allergies. Our expert multidisciplinary staff includes:
When appropriate, we also work closely with our colleagues in the Dermatology, Psychology, Nutrition, Pulmonary, Gastroenterology and Otolaryngology programs to ensure that every child receives the most comprehensive and coordinated care. Physicians in our program also collaborate with Children’s researchers to conduct clinical trials to evaluate new approaches to the treatment of allergic conditions.
An allergy doctor is on call 24 hours a day 7 days a week and we pride ourselves on how accessible we are to families. If your child has a problem or you have a question, call the Children’s Hospital page operator at (617) 355-6369 and ask for the allergy doctor on call. Visit the Your Appointment tab for a list of additional important numbers.
Within our program exists the Atopic Dermatitis Center, which treats children with severe eczema and food allergies. In addition to these, our program treats other allergic problems that your child may have, such as asthma, respiratory distress, hay fever, hives and reactions to medicine and vaccines.
We work in collaboration with your child’s primary care physician create an individualized treatment plan outlining steps you and your child can take at home to treat your child’s allergies.
We also offer various support groups and workshops for children and parents on topics including learning to cope with having a food allergy and controlling asthma.
Our mission is to provide optimal care to our patients and to promote understanding and research into allergic disorders and asthma.
Andrew MacGinnitie, MD, PhD, associate clinical director of the Division of Immunology at Boston Children’s Hospital, talks about managing your child’s springtime allergies in this post published on Thriving, Children’s pediatric health blog.
Having a child with food allergies means constant anxiety, vigilance and planning, and limitations on family activities. Children's offers various support groups and workshops for children and parents on topics including learning to cope with having a food allergy and controlling asthma. Here, Children's specialist Lynda Schneider, MD, is highlighted for a way she encourages children and families to cope with food allergies.
Asthma is a condition that commonly occurs in children who have allergies. Allergic reactions can make asthma symptoms worse by increasing the swelling in a child’s airways. For this reason, asthma management becomes an important part of treatment for these children. Learn how Community Asthma Initiative at Children's works to help children manage their asthma through prevention, evaluation, treatment, parental support, case management, training and education and policy advocacy.