Understanding your child's condition is an important step on your treatment journey. Learn more about causes, symptoms and diagnosis for a variety of conditions, as well as unique treatments and research being performed at Children's National.
Our allergy and immunology teams work together because the ways in which these conditions impact the body’s systems are similar. Our immunology team is a national leader in treating and managing primary immunodeficiencies in infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.
The team sees more than 1,500 children and teens annually with allergic disorders, including asthma, agammaglobulinemia, eczema atopic dermatitis, and hives. The team has expertise in food allergies, including IgE-mediated food allergy, gastrointestinal food allergy, and eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorders.
Food allergies are a growing public health problem and affect up to 8 percent of U.S. children, says Linda Herbert, Ph.D., director of the Psychosocial Clinical Program at Children's National. Children can be allergic to a wide range of foods and exposure to just a small amount of a food allergen can be life-threatening. Click through our quick quiz to learn strategies parents can use to help tamp down their teen’s anxieties about food.
Blood and Marrow Transplantation Services
For children with severe immunodeficiencies requiring hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, Children's National immunologists are also members of the Division of Blood and Marrow Transplantation who will direct care through both divisions.
Peanut Patch Treatment Study
Children's National Hospital is conducting a new study for treatment of peanut allergy. The VITESSE trial seeks to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of an investigational peanut patch treatment designed to potentially reduce the severity of the body's allergic response to peanuts.
Who May Qualify?
- Children ages 4-7 years
- Have a physician diagnosed peanut allergy
- Are in good physical condition and do not have an unstable medical condition or chronic disease
New Hope for Children and Families Coping with Food Allergies
Each day, thousands of children across the country cope with food allergies, many of which can be life-threatening. Meet Miles Monroe, Damiyah and Destiny Brown, kids living with food allergies and their parents as well. Learn from providers at Children's National Hospital about the hope they have for reducing food allergies through research.
Our Allergy and Immunology services have been expanded to a new location in Friendship Heights, 5028 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington D.C. The same care team will be available at both the main hospital and the Friendship Heights location.
- Allergy clinics at the main hospital and Children's National Montgomery County will continue to operate.
- Immunology will see patients once a month at the new location in Friendship Heights.
- Oral Food Challenges will continue to take place at the main hospital but will transition to a new, larger space within the hospital on 4 Main built specifically for oral food challenges. This will ensure maximal patient safety during food challenge procedures.
Conditions We Treat
Online Appointment Scheduling Available for Existing Patients
If your child is an existing patient, you can schedule their appointments online through the MyChildrensNational patient portal. Learn more information about the patient portal and how to sign up.
Rise and Shine Food Allergy Resources
Read our resources to help your family understand and manage your child's food allergies. These resources offer tips for supporting your child with sensitivity to foods daily, in school and during holidays such as Halloween.
Amanda Troger, a certified pediatric nurse in the Division of Allergy and Immunology, discusses the medication used to treat allergic reactions.
ANACARE is an international network of food allergy centers which now includes Children's National. In order to become an ANACARE center, you have to apply and demonstrate excellence across clinical care, research, education and advocacy. Right now there are 29 centers across 12 countries on three continents.
Food Allergy Facts