Does your child suffer from itchy eyes and a runny nose? Do certain foods upset your child’s stomach? Have you noticed a rash forming around a bug bite on your child’s arm? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, your child may have an allergy.
The pediatric allergy specialists at Tulane Lakeside Hospital for Women and Children treat the most common to the most complex allergy conditions for children throughout the New Orleans area.
What is an Allergy?
An allergy is what happens when your child’s immune system overreacts to a trigger, like ragweed or peanuts, that is not a problem for most children. Triggers, called allergens, can come from a variety of sources including pollen, food, medication and bug bites or bee stings.
The symptoms of allergies depend on what type they are and how your child was exposed. They include:
- Itchy, watery eyes and nose
- Swelling and redness around a bug bite or bee sting
- Stomach pain or cramping that is not associated with flu or illness
- Coughing or wheezing
Allergy symptoms can vary from a mild, runny nose when the flowers are blooming to chronic conditions like asthma and sinusitis that can affect your child’s daily life.
Services & Treatments
At Tulane Lakeside Hospital for Women and Children, we understand that you don’t want allergies to keep your child from living an active, healthy life. Our pediatric specialists in allergy care combine state-of-the-art evaluation, diagnosis and treatment with the most advanced allergy and immunology pediatric care available.
We diagnose and treat:
- Food allergies
- Environmental allergies
- Insect allergies
- Hay fever
Depending on your child’s symptoms, we may use one or more of these techniques to diagnose the source of his or her allergies:
- Oral food challenges – also known as feeding tests – are offered in the doctor’s office for greater convenience for you and your family.
- Allergy skin tests – a series of skin pricks or injections of suspected allergens underneath your child’s skin – can test for several allergens at one time.
- Patch testing – a way to test for an allergic reaction to things that touch your child’s skin – can show results after only a few days.
Treatment for allergies works best when it is tailored specifically to your child’s needs. For some children, avoiding their triggers and making changes to their environment is enough to prevent an allergy attack. Others may need medication or allergy shots to keep them breathing easily.
We understand your time is valuable. Rush immunotherapy – a method of reducing sensitivity to certain allergens – can be scheduled during the holidays or summer break to reduce the time spent away from school, sports and other activities your child may enjoy.
Whatever the treatment, our team of pediatric allergy specialists works with you to develop a plan that takes your child’s individual needs into account to provide safe and effective treatment.
Pediatric Allergy Care Team
Whether it’s a seasonal allergy, a food allergy or an allergic reaction to a bug bite or bee sting, the team of specialists at Tulane Lakeside Hospital for Women and Children is here to help.
"All our patients walk out the door with a written plan so they know exactly what medications are needed, what the overall plan is, when to come back and when to call"
For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call the Tulane Pediatric Specialty Clinic at (504) 988-6253.