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Air quality and how it affects asthma in children

Tuesday, December 11, 2012, 12:07 PM
By Christopher C. Chang, M.D., Ph.D. A lot of children experience wheezing in response to weather conditions, allergens, air quality and exercise. For those who live in cities and industrial areas, the prevalence of wheezing and asthma increases. Big cities such as Philadelphia have air quality problems... Read more

For Parents: Is Your Kids’ Drug Reaction An Allergy or Not?

Monday, November 19, 2012, 3:27 PM
A skin rash…itching…breathing problems…swelling. These can be warning signs that your child is having an allergic reaction to a medication he or she is taking. Some reactions -- like difficulty breathing, hives, fainting, dizziness or abdominal pain -- are a medical emergency... Read more

Coping with food allergies at school

Thursday, September 6, 2012, 4:07 PM
by Christopher C. Chang, M.D., Ph.D. Editor’s note: Six million American kids have food allergies - and studies show that up to 18 percent of them have had a reaction to a food eaten at school. How can you keep your kid safe and stop worrying? Allergy expert Christopher C. Chang, M.D., Ph.D... Read more

Allergy testing for kids: When, what, why

Tuesday, August 14, 2012, 4:14 PM
by Christopher C. Chang, M.D., Ph.D. Your daughter pets a bunny and you notice her eyes get puffy. Your son eats shrimp dip and later complains of an itching sensation in his throat. Is it an allergy? Maybe, maybe not. In order to be certain, we perform allergy tests. Rashes and hives worry parents... Read more

Summertime fruit, vegetables allergies

Tuesday, July 24, 2012, 4:25 PM
by Christopher C. Chang, M.D., Ph.D. We all look forward to enjoying summer’s bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables at the peak of the season. However, for some of us, fruits and veggies can cause allergic reactions ranging from hives and swelling of the skin to irritation of the mouth and throat... Read more

Stinging Insects

Wednesday, June 20, 2012, 12:44 PM
by Christopher C. Chang, M.D. In the summertime, our region is abundant with stinging insects including apis (e.g. honeybees), vespids (e.g. yellow jackets, wasps and hornets) and formicids (e.g. fire ants). Stings from all of these species can cause a variety of reactions, ranging from local reactions... Read more

Does your child need allergy shots?

Tuesday, May 8, 2012, 2:56 PM
Pollen season came early this year, bringing with it an early start to the sneezing, sniffling, itchy-eyes season for many kids. If your child’s discomfort lasts for weeks or months on end or is so severe that it interferes with school, other activities or sleep, you may wonder if allergy shots... Read more

Alternative remedies for kids allergies? Not yet.

Friday, April 6, 2012, 4:32 PM
When it comes to alternative remedies for children’s allergies, my mantra is “buyer beware.” At best, some herbals are viewed as “promising,” but the scientific research into their therapeutic benefit has just begun. If your child has respiratory allergies –... Read more
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Sarah Levin Allen, Ph.D., CBIS Assistant Professor of Psychology at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Stephen Aronoff, M.D., M.B.A. Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Temple University Hospital
Peter Bidey, D.O. Medical Director of Family Medicine at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Christopher C. Chang, MD, PhD, MBA, FAAAAI, FACAAI Associate Professor of Medicine in division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Clinical Immunology at UC Davis
Katherine K. Dahlsgaard, Ph.D. Lead Psychologist of The Anxiety Behaviors Clinic at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Gary A. Emmett, M.D., F.A.A.P Director of Hospital Pediatrics at TJU Hospital & Pediatrics Professor at Thomas Jefferson Univ.
Mario Cruz, M.D. Pediatrician, Associate Director of Pediatric Residency Program at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children
Magee DeFelice, M.D. Division Chief of Allergy and Immunology at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
Hazel Guinto-Ocampo, M.D. Chief of Pediatric Emergency Services at Nemours duPont Pediatrics/Bryn Mawr Hospital
Rima Himelstein, M.D. Adolescent Medicine Specialist at Crozer-Keystone Health System
Jessica Kendorski, PhD, NCSP, BCBA-D Associate Professor in School Psychology/Applied Behavior Analysis at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Anita Kulick President & CEO, Educating Communities for Parenting
Janet Rosenzweig, MS, PhD, MPA VP for Programs & Research for Prevent Child Abuse America
Beth Wallace Smith, R.D. Registered Dietitian at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Jeanette Trella, Pharm.D Managing Director at The Poison Control Center at CHOP
W. Douglas Tynan, Ph.D., ABPP Director of Integrated Health Care for American Psychological Association
Flaura Koplin Winston, M.D., Ph.D. Scientific Director of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Center for Injury Research and Prevention
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