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Food Allergy Program

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Check out our downloadable information for families about common childhood food allergies.

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Correctly identifying a food allergy can be difficult. So, it’s important that your child sees pediatric specialists with particular expertise in food allergy. Symptoms of food allergy can range from hives and trouble breathing to vomiting and problems gaining weight. If not treated properly, some forms of food allergy can be life threatening.

After hearing about your child’s symptoms, our food allergy specialists determine which tests would be most appropriate. Our testing services include:

  • Skin testing (specialists monitor skin reactions to an allergen)
  • Serum IgE testing (a blood test that shows how a child’s immune system reacts to an allergen)
  • Oral food challenges (doctors monitor how the child reacts after being exposed to an allergen or food)

The Food Allergy Program also helps families learn how to live with and manage a child’s food allergy. We educate patients and their families on ways to avoid food allergens, how to recognize signs of a reaction, and what to do in an emergency.

The Food Allergy Program has educational brochures on common food allergies in children. Click on one of the links below for more information:

Families also learn from the Food Allergy Program how to deal with practical issues, such as attending school, eating out and traveling with a food allergy. For more information, click on one of the links below:

The Food Allergy Program Team

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We see children from around the Washington, DC, metropolitan region, nation, and world who need the specialized expertise and child-focused care we offer.

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Our providers represent medical and surgical specialties, family practice, and general pediatrics.

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Pediatric specialists work closely to ensure an integrated approach to caring for each child and family.

Resources for Families

We offer resources for families to help answer questions and ease their experience.