Food Allergy

Food Allergy


With the rise in food allergies in infants and children, Children’s Medical Center Dallas, in association with UT Southwestern, has opened the only academic-affiliated pediatric food allergy center in North Texas. The Food Allergy Center at Children’s treats a broad range of allergic diseases and conducts research instrumental in the development and treatment of children with food allergies.

Food Allergy Prevalence Rises

Investigators have reported an 18% rise in the prevalence of food allergy in children under 18 years of age over the past decade. The most recent research has shown that 1 in every 13 children in the United States has a food allergy, approximately 2 children in every classroom.

Conditions We Treat

The expert staff provides evaluation, diagnosis and follow-up care to children with various food-related problems including:

  • Food Allergy
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Food Protein Induced Enterocolitis
  • Eosinophilic Esophagitis
  • Oral Allergy Syndrome


Description of Services


  • Food challenges
  • Skin prick testing
  • Nutritional evaluation and consultation with a registered dietitian
  • Allergen laboratory testing
  • Evaluation for other allergic conditions, including eczema (atopic dermatitis), allergic rhinitis and asthma
  • Development and maintenance of a treatment plan


Food Challenge

The Children's Health Food Allergy Center has performed ground-breaking work with children through the use of food challenges. A food challenge allows providers to test a child’s tolerance of specific foods. 

During a food challenge, a provider will work with your child to:

  • Introduce incremental doses of food to monitor tolerance
  • Undergo skin pricks or allergen laboratory testing 
  • Review nutritional evaluations and consultations with a registered dietitian
  • Test for other allergic conditions including eczema and asthma
  • Develop and maintain treatment plans with providers


As a result of its close affiliation with UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, Children’s Food Allergy Center is home to groundbreaking basic science and clinical research in food allergy.


For complete inclusion/exclusion criteria on open clinical trials:

Amy Arneson, RN, BSN
Clinical Research Coordinator