Allergy and Immunology
Allergy-Immunology is a unique medical field that covers a broad span of diagnoses. The physicians who practice at Children’s Health℠ can help your child cope with conditions such as nasal and sinus problems, allergies to bee stings, and infections due to sinus disease, as well as deficiencies in your child’s immune system.
The physicians who practice at Children’s Health have years of training in the specialty, and that is combined with an in-depth knowledge of how to evaluate and treat allergies, asthma and immunologic disorders. All are board certified by the American Board of Allergy and Immunology.
Children’s Health affiliation as a major pediatric training hospital for UT Southwestern Medical Center means that all of the physicians who practice at Children’s Health are professors at the school. This means that they not only keep up to date with advances in their fields, they actually helped to develop those advances.
Children’s Health also has been designated as a Magnet Hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Being a Magnet Hospital puts us in the top 7% of the world’s hospitals and is a reflection of the excellence of our nursing staff.
The clinic staff includes clinical nurse specialists, respiratory therapists, clinical pharmacist, nutritionists, and social workers with training and experience in allergy and immunology. Working together, this team provides for all the needs of our patients without multiple trips to, or around, the hospital.
Asthma is one of the top three reasons children are admitted to Children’s Health. Our Asthma Management Program (AMP) is an innovative program that works to educate your child and you on how to handle the disease outside of the hospital.
Education is one of our major thrusts so that parents, caregivers, and when appropriate, the child, learn how to best manage asthma. Six months of telephone contact with a highly trained Registered Nurse who is also a Certified Asthma Educator is provided.
We integrate care between physicians, the nurse educator, the family and the child’s pediatrician or family practice doctor. There is also education and extensive interfacing with others in your child’s life, such as school nurses, teachers, and coaches.
AMP also assesses your child’s environment and makes suggestions on how to best limit the triggers that can cause a sudden asthma attack. To complete the circle of care, our staff works with the primary care physician to deal with the complexities of treating patients with asthma.
Children's Health Asthma Management Program was awarded disease-specific certification by The Joint Commission, the nation's predominant standard-setting accrediting and certifying regulatory body in healthcare. It was the first in Texas to get this certification for a pediatric asthma initiative. AMP has received it sixth consecutive re-certification.
It has been reported that there has been an 18% rise in the number of children with food allergies over the last 10 years. About 1 child in every 13 in the U.S. has some type of food allergy.
In response to this, Children’s Health recently opened a Food Allergy Center (FAC) to offer comprehensive care for children with food allergies. It treats a broad range of allergic diseases in both inpatient and outpatient settings.
It is a center of excellence in research and evidence-based clinical care. Because of our association with UT Southwestern, FAC is the only academically-affiliated pediatric food allergy program in North Texas.
In addition to food allergies, the center’s highly trained professional staff of physicians, nurse practitioners, dietitians, and others providers offer diagnosis and follow-up care to children with various food-related problems including:
- Food protein-induced enterocolitis, or inflammation of the colon.
- An inflammatory disease of the esophagus known as eosinophilic esophagitis.
- Oral allergy syndrome, an itchy sensation in the mouth that is usually seen in those with hay fever and is often confused with food allergies.
The physicians and staff of the Allergy and Immunology Department at Children’s Health are ready to provide the best of care to your child, help support you and other caregivers, and work with those in your child’s life to keep him well and protected. We do all of this in an environment that is specially designed for the comfort of younger patients.
The A-I department at Children’s Health is able to provide evaluation, diagnostic, and management services for your child’s allergies, asthma, and immunologic disorders. We offer a wide variety of diagnostic services and tests, provided in a child-friendly manner.
Our staff can perform allergen skin and patch testing to see exactly what your child is allergic to. They can also supervise food and drug testing, in which a child is given food or a suspected allergen under close care to see if there is a reaction.
The Department offers a wide variety of treatments for children with allergies. These include allergy shots, anti-IgE therapy to stop IgE immune cells from starting the allergic process, and immunoglobulin, if there is a deficiency.