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Christopher C. Chang

Do U.S. kids have higher odds of developing allergies than foreign-born kids?

Monday, May 6, 2013, 10:02 AM
Children born outside the United States have significantly lower odds of developing allergic disorders, including asthma, eczema, hay fever, and food allergies, according to a recent study in JAMA Pediatrics. The study also found kids born outside the U.S. who lived in the U.S. for longer than 10... Read more

4 allergy myths debunked

Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 5:55 AM
It’s time to dispel some allergy myths that I often encounter: Hypoallergenic dogs. Is your child allergic to dogs, but really wants one as a pet? Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a hypoallergenic dog. At some point the notion was put forth, possibly by dog breeders, that certain short-haired... Read more

Does your child have oral allergy syndrome?

Wednesday, March 13, 2013, 5:55 AM
Has your child ever told you that certain foods cause tingling and itching in and around the mouth and the back of the throat? Does this occur within minutes of eating the food? If your child also has seasonal allergies, it’s likely that this reaction is oral allergy syndrome. These symptoms... Read more

Can giving babies solids sooner prevent food allergies?

Tuesday, February 12, 2013, 6:05 AM
Rice cereal first and then vegetables? What about fruit? I get these questions often from my patients. The timing of when to introduce solid foods to infants can be confusing for parents, and the recommendations can vary slightly from doctor to doctor. The research is ongoing, but there is a... Read more

Could my child have a mold allergy?

Wednesday, January 23, 2013, 9:00 AM
Sensitivity to mold is similar to pollen allergies and affects both adults and children. While allergies associated with outdoor mold spores peak in warm weather, indoor mold can pose problems year round. Mold is another name for fungi – unsightly patches of brown, black, green, or yellow fuzzy... Read more

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
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Anna Nguyen Healthy Kids blog Editor
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.
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
Emiliano Tatar, M.D. Pediatrician at Einstein Healthcare Network Roxborough Plaza
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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