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The Division of Immunology at Boston Children's Hospital diagnoses and treats children, adolescents and adults with allergic disorders and immunodeficiencies. This can include common allergy-related problems, such as food- and pet-allergies, eczema and asthma, as well as more complex and rare immunodeficiencies, such as X-linked agammaglobulinemia, in which the immune system fails to produce antibodies.
It may be helpful to know all the treatment and prevention options to determine the best plan for your child.
Limiting exposure to allergens
Immunotherapy (allergy shots):
Are there side-effects to immunotherapy?
Medication: The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends against some over-the-counter medicines for infants and young children. Always consult your child's physician before giving your child any over-the-counter medications.
“If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulder of giants”
- Sir Isaac Newton, English physicist, mathematician, astronomer, natural philosopher, alchemist, and theologian (1642-1727)
Over three centuries ago, Newton recognized that scientific discoveries are a continuation of previous accomplishments. This pattern of success is also illustrated in biomedical research and carried on by Boston Children's research. In 1911, Leonard Noon used pollen injections to help people build immunity against hay fever, much like how Dr. Jenner created the smallpox vaccine in 1796. Building on Noon's work, Dale Umetsu, MD, PhD, and Lynda Schneider, MD, director of the Allergy Program, have successfully cured a child's milk allergy. Learn more, and join the conversation on Boston Children's Thriving blog.
Having an allergy is a difficult condition for children and their families to manage, requiring a vigilant awareness and planning to avoid allergens. This constant heightened state of awareness can be mentally and emotionally draining for children and parents.
To help educate children and their families to manage the psychological effects of managing allergies, Lynda Schneider, MD, director of Allergy Program, and her colleagues have created a workshop for children to learn how to express their feelings about allergies, and for parents to learn how to handle the stress, support their children emotionally and teach allergy management skills to their child. Read more about this allergy workshop.
There's a lot of support available here at Children's for you and your family, and here are some of the ways we can help:
Patient education: From the office visit to pre-op to the recovery room, our nurses will be on hand to walk you through your child's treatment and help answer any questions you may have. They will also reach out to you by phone, continuing the care and support you received while at Children's.
Parent to parent: Want to talk with someone whose child has been treated for allergies? We can often put you in touch with other families who have been through similar experiences and can share with you their experience at Children's.
Faith-based support: If you are in need of spiritual support, we will help connect you with the Children's chaplaincy. Our program includes nearly a dozen clergy representing Episcopal, Jewish, Lutheran, Muslim, Roman Catholic, Unitarian and United Church of Christ traditions who will listen to you, pray with you and help you observe your own faith practices during your hospital experience.
Social work: Our clinical social workers have helped many other families in your situation. Your social worker can offer counseling and assistance with issues such as coping with your child's diagnosis, stresses relating to coping with illness and dealing with financial difficulties.
Visit our For Patients and Families page for all you need to know about:
We are grateful to have been ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best children's hospitals in the nation for the third year in a row, an honor we could not have achieved without the patients and families who inspire us to do our very best for them. Thanks to you, Boston Children's is a place where we can write the greatest children's stories ever told.”