Allergy & Asthma
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At Indiana University Health North Hospital, our highly trained physicians use a comprehensive and patient-centered approach to treating children’s asthma and allergies. We understand how debilitating breathing problems can be and how allergies can affect your child’s quality of life. Our team of specialists at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health North Hospital use the latest research and testing to diagnose your child’s condition, identify triggers, manage symptoms and uncover the cause of allergy or asthma.
We treat allergic reactions, environmental allergies, food allergies, asthma and many other breathing-related conditions. Our board certified and fellowship trained pediatric allergists have years of experience managing children’s allergies and asthma. From allergy testing to immunotherapy, we have the tools your child needs to properly control their condition.
At IU Health North Hospital, we have special expertise in food allergies and have treated over 800 children with peanut allergies alone. As a Food Allergy Research & Education Center of Clinical Excellence, we provide high-quality care that focuses on helping you and your family learn how to control and prevent food allergies. Food allergy challenges allow us to expose children to small amounts of a food they may be allergic to in a safe and controlled environment. These challenges allow us to confirm whether a child has a food allergy or let us know if their allergy has resolved. During a food challenge, your child is exposed to a small amount of an allergen, such as eggs, peanuts or other common food allergens. As we increase the amount of food to equal a full serving, your child is carefully monitored by staff for signs of an allergic reaction. All emergency equipment required to respond to any kind of reaction is readily available to ensure your child is safe.
New studies suggest that food allergies may be prevented with safe exposure to foods early on in life, starting around four months of age. In the LEAP study, a large study designed to determine how to prevent peanut allergies, research showed that children exposed to allergens between four and 11 months of age saw an 80 percent decrease in the development of food allergies.
Your child may be at risk of developing a food allergy if either of the parents or a sibling has a food allergy. If your child is at risk, our physicians can evaluate your child for existing allergies and develop a plan to prevent future food allergies. This plan may include routine trips to our offices for safe exposure to possible food allergens as they grow up. We can help you navigate through these new and exciting developments.
Understanding what triggers your child’s asthma attacks is essential to managing their condition. Our offices provide advanced diagnostic testing for allergens that trigger asthma specifically. These tests may include skin tests. Once we understand what your child is allergic to, we can help you develop a plan to avoid this trigger and control the body’s response to the allergen.
We provide comprehensive management of both allergies and asthma, helping your child to breathe easier. Your child’s treatment plan may include oral medicines and/or inhalers depending on their individual needs.