If your child suffers from allergies or an immunodeficiency disorder, our team of pediatric specialists at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is here to help. We treat kids and teens who have a range of allergies and immunodeficiency disorders, including:
What are allergies?
Allergies occur when the body produces an abnormal immune response to something. Allergies can be seasonal or happen when a child comes in contact with an allergen. The most common types of allergies include:
- Environmental allergens, such as pollen, dust mites or pets
- Foods, such as peanuts, tree nuts, milk or eggs
- Insect venom from wasps or bees
- Drugs, such as penicillin
What are common symptoms of allergies in children?
- Nausea or vomiting
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Stomach pain
- Swelling of body parts
- Tingling in the tongue or lips
How are allergies diagnosed in children?
Our team offers the following diagnostic testing to evaluate all types of allergies and asthma:
- Skin testing
- Blood testing
- Guided elimination diets
- Oral food challenges
- Pulmonary function testing
What treatments are available for children with allergies?
Treatment options may include:
- Allergy shots
- Bleach baths
- Drug desensitization for certain medicines
- Eye drops
- Food avoidance
- Infant food challenges and early feeding for the prevention of peanut allergy
- Injections of biologic medications (e.g. Xolair, Fasenra)
- Nasal saline lavage
- Nasal sprays
- Oral immunotherapy for peanut allergy
- Rescue medications (e.g. autoinjectable epinephrine) and action plans for their use
- Topic therapies (e.g. steroidal and non-steroidal ointments and creams)
- Wet wraps
At Children’s, we embrace collaboration among our pediatric specialists. Through this collaboration, we offer many multidisciplinary programs and clinics in which our providers participate.
- Food Allergy Program: This program seeks to perform impactful research and deliver high-quality, patient-centered care to transform the lives of children affected by food allergies, including a peanut allergy.
- High-Risk Asthma Program: This program offers a multidisciplinary, holistic approach to the care of children with severe asthma. It aims to ensure asthma control and improve quality of life for children with asthma. Services are provided by a pulmonologist, allergist, immunologist, nutritionist and social worker.
- Procedure Clinic: This clinic uses state-of-the-art treatment, testing and procedures to best care for your child.
- 22q11 Deletion Syndrome (DiGeorge Syndrome) Clinic: We are home to one of the country’s largest facilities for the diagnosis and treatment of 22q deletions.
- Eosinophilic Esophagitis Clinic: This clinic offers a multidisciplinary, holistic approach for treating children with eosinophilic esophagitis and aims to improve their quality of life. Services are provided by an allergist, gastroenterologist and nutritionist.