Living with allergies can have a significant negative impact on your child’s quality of life, especially if the condition is not treated accordingly. Here at Midland Health’s private pediatric allergy clinic in Birmingham, we offer specialist allergy testing and allergy management services that allow us to tackle the problem early on and help your little ones live a normal and happy life.
Designed for children aged 0-18, our services include baby allergy testing, as well as allergy diagnostics and management for older children and teenagers. Working with experienced child allergy consultants, we can identify and treat the symptoms of various food allergies, seasonal allergies, asthma and eczema.
At our modern facilities in Edgbaston Village, Midland Health offers quality care accessible to everyone, even on short notice. Get in touch with our team on 0333 772 1999 or at firstname.lastname@example.org today to book your appointment.
Common Child and Baby Allergies We Can Help With
Children and babies can suffer from a wide range of allergies and the expert team at Midland Health can help you get the correct diagnosis and take action. Some of the most common paediatric allergies we come across include:
With 5-8% of children in the UK suffering from a food allergy, this is one of the most widely spread paediatric allergies. Common allergens include milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, sesame seeds, nuts, peanuts, wheat and soy. Our paediatrician can help you improve your awareness of the foods that can pose a risk to your child so you can avoid them, as well as how to react if your child suffers from an allergic reaction.
Also known as Hay Fever or Allergic Rhinitis, seasonal allergies, are caused by the immune system’s reaction to allergens in the air. The symptoms include inflammation in the nose that results in sneezing, stuffy nose, red, watery eyes and itchiness. Up to 10-15% of children in the UK are currently diagnosed with hay fever.
Eczema is an impairment of the skin barrier which often occurs as a result of an allergic reaction. Once identified as a symptom of an allergy, eczema can help us identify the allergens your child’s immune system is responding to. As eczema can cause discomfort and itching, it’s important to implement a management method, such as appropriate medication and moisturising the affected skin.
Child Allergy Testing
Child and baby allergy testing is an important part of the diagnostic process. There are various ways we can test whether your child has an allergy with the most common being:
- Skin Prick Test: A little drop of a potential allergen will be placed on your child’s arm and the skin in that area will be pricked with a needle. If the child is allergic, a red bump will appear on the spot within 15 minutes
- Blood Test: A total IgE test is a blood test used to measure the number of IgE antibodies in your blood and it can be tested in direct response to specific allergens
The resident paediatric allergy consultant at Midland Health will advise you on the most suitable ways of testing your child for an allergy. Sometimes, more than one test may be required to confirm a diagnosis.
Child Allergy Management
Our specialists in child allergy management will advise you on the best solution for your child, including a tailored management plan for you to follow. The most common options are:
- Allergen Avoidance: Learn what products can cause an allergic reaction and take them out of your child’s diet or immediate environment
- Immunotherapy: This can be used to help children with a severe hay fever allergy ,manage the allergic symptoms caused by pollen and dust
- Allergic Reaction Response: It’s also important to learn what steps you need to take when your child suffers from an allergic reaction, especially if it’s severe (anaphylaxis)
What To Expect From Your Paediatric Allergy Consultation
When you first arrive at our private paediatric allergy clinic in Birmingham, you will be welcomed by our friendly staff and introduced to your paediatrician. Your doctor will discuss all the possible allergy symptoms your child is experiencing and the circumstances that led to them, as well as your medical history.
Based on the information gathered, your specialist may prescribe child allergy testing (a skin prick test, a blood test and/or food challenges) to help diagnose a potential allergy. Most tests can be done at the Midland Health clinic on the same day.
Based on the results, if an allergy diagnosis is confirmed, your paediatrician can recommend a bespoke child allergy management plan for your child to follow at home and potentially at their school or nursery.
Our team will also take the time to speak with you to ensure you are aware of how to identify and avoid allergy triggers in your child’s environment, as well as how to treat your child in case of an allergic reaction. You will have the opportunity to ask as many questions as you need before you leave our clinic.
Our Paediatric Allergy Specialists
Aneta Ivanova, the resident consultant at our paediatric allergy clinic in Birmingham, specialises in child and baby allergy testing and management. She is one of only four Paediatric Allergy Nurse Consultants in the NHS in England (London, Liverpool and Newcastle).
Consulting over 1,5000 children as an NHS practitioner every year, Aneta has a wealth of experience in working with young patients (0-18 years). During her 35+-year career as a child paediatrician, she has proven her commitment to improving your and your child with excellent care for a better quality of life.
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