October 28th, 2013 | Tis the season to get the flu vaccine, but what’s a parent to do if your child has an intolerance or allergy to the flu shot? It’s true that the flu vaccine contains a very small amount of egg protein, but it is still recommended for all children aged six months and older. You may need to take precautions if your child has an egg… Continue Reading
An allergy is an unwanted immediate and exaggerated immune response by the body to another substance. Common allergies in children include:
- Pollen allergy
- Mold allergy
- Insect allergy
- Animal allergy
- Medication allergy
- Food allergy
- Latex allergy
These and many other substances may cause an allergic reaction in children. Reactions range from mild to severe and can cause anxiety in both children and their parents.
Other conditions related to allergy include:
- Allergic rhinitis (or nasal allergy) (inflammation of the nose caused by an airborne substance)
- Anaphylaxis (severe allergic reaction that can be life threatening)
- Atopic dermatitis (inflammatory and recurring skin disorder)
- Hives (itchy and inflamed welts on the skin)
OUR PEDIATRIC ALLERGISTS ONLY TREAT CHILDREN
The pediatric allergists at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health only treat children. That means our allergists are board certified in both allergy/clinical immunology and pediatrics. Many of the health issues in children are tied to multiple other changes going on in their bodies and lives. The pediatric allergists at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health are uniquely trained to understand how allergies and asthma work in children.
The allergy program at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health offers expertise in the diagnosis and management of allergic conditions. In addition to performing a physical exam and taking a thorough medical history, our physicians may choose specific allergy diagnostic tests. Specialized lab tests also assist in diagnosing allergies or immune dysfunction. Our allergists also provide education and advice to patients and their parents on how to manage an allergic condition.