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
- 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
Children's Food Allergy Center is ground-breaking for the work with Food Challenges. A patient will not receive a Food Challenge at the first visit because we need to assess and understand the patient first. Then, we can evaluate the need for the patient to undergo a Food Challenge. If you need one, your care team will communicate the details with you and your family.
Food Challenges are offered to test the tolerance of a particular food. A food challenge is where a patient:
- is given incremental doses of food are introduced to monitor tolerance
- undergoes skin prick or allergen laboratory testing
- receives nutritional evaluations and consultations with a registered dietician
- is evaluated for other allergic conditions including eczema and asthma
- develops and maintains treatment plans with center 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