Our Division offers comprehensive treatments for patients with allergies and other immune system problems:
Food allergy diagnostics/treatment: Our specialists evaluate children with suspected food allergies by first establishing the child’s clinical history and performing skin testing and blood testing. If appropriate, diagnostic food challenge tests are performed to determine if the child currently has an allergy and to follow the natural evolution of his/her allergy.
Advice and ongoing support is provided to patients with food allergies. Patients and families are also given access to the first Quebec program for food desensitization, available through our Center for Innovative Medicine under our research protocol. ( Learn more by clicking on the following link. )
Asthma: Our specialists evaluate children with asthma and respiratory allergies by taking a comprehensive history of the child, performing a physical examination, skin testing, environmental counseling and providing a full range of treatments.
Hayfever, pets and environmental allergies, allergic rhinitis and sinusitis: We offer diagnosis and treatments of the conditions above, including environmental counseling, desensitization therapy, bringing “allergy shots” into the 21st century, medication review and re-evaluation. Our patients access cutting edge new treatments and can help improve our understanding of living with allergies as we treatment of their condition through research programs.
Treatment of primary immune deficiency: Our experts evaluate children who have problems fighting infections by taking a comprehensive history of the child, performing a physical examination and providing the most comprehensive immune testing available in Quebec. Genetic testing and highly specialized examinations are commonly used with these patients. We offer in-hospital and home immunoglobulin replacement programs, bone marrow transplantation, infection control and monitoring, as well as a 24-hour consultation service.
Skin conditions: We offer the most up to date treatments available for hives, eczema and drug rashes, using pharmacologic and behavioral therapies. We work closely with our division members in the Pediatric Dermatology Service.
Stinging insect allergy: Children with suspected allergy to bees, wasps, hornets and other stinging insects are offered cutting-edge treatment plans including desensitization and emergency preparedness training.
Drug allergy: Children with suspected drug allergies undergo complete evaluations including, if needed, specially supervised drug challenges. The goal is to accurately diagnose children with drug hypersensitivities and preventing labeling of patients with “drug allergies” without proper diagnosis. Watch an interview with MCH Immunologist Dr. Moshe Ben Shoshan (author of 1 of the 10 Best Research Publications in Pediatrics for 2016 – New England Journal of Medicine Publication Watch) .