Children's Hospital Colorado

Visiting the Allergy and Immunology Center

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We see children with known or suspected allergic or immunology conditions in our Allergy and Immunology Center.

You should plan to be in the Center for approximately two hours for your child's first visit. We know this is a lengthy appointment, but our goal is to complete the necessary testing, review the results to make a diagnosis, then develop and discuss a care plan with you all on the same day. This approach helps save time and reduces stress on you and your child. Occasionally, children will need to come back for further testing and follow-up appointments to review the response to the treatment plan.

Download the new patient questionnaire for your first appointment:

What to expect

When you arrive for your child's appointment, your family will be greeted by our front desk coordinators who will check you in and then transfer you to the nursing team. Our specialized medical assistants and nurses will weigh and measure your child, take their heart rate and blood pressure, and then escort you to an examination room.

Breathing testing

Children who are experiencing breathing-related problems and are five years or older may have their lung function measured. Our care team will perform a simple breathing test that requires the child to blow out all of their air into a mouthpiece to measure their lung function.

Allergy testing

During the initial appointment, some children who are being seen for allergic conditions may undergo skin prick allergy testing to help determine if there is a relevant potential inhalant (e.g., pollen/dander) or food allergen. While allergy testing may not be necessary for all patients we see, we do ask families to stop antihistamines five days before the appointment as they may be skin tested for allergies.

While skin testing is not painful, it may be perceived as uncomfortable and some children become anxious about the "skin pokes." With this in mind, we usually have a member of our child life team (at our Anschutz location only) available to support children during this process.

Learn more about what to expect during your child's allergy skin test (.pdf)

Blood testing

Depending on the reason for your child's visit, they may need to have blood drawn, which can be done in our lab by our care team members who are skilled at drawing blood from children.

We often use a medicine that can help make the blood draw less painful, upon request. We use data we gather from these tests, along with a thorough review of your child's medical history and a physical examination, to help us make an accurate diagnosis and develop a collaborative and individualized plan for your child's allergy and/or asthma care.

An appointment close to home

Your child's appointment can be scheduled at one of our allergy and immunology centers based on where you live. The schedulers will schedule your appointment as soon as possible. At the facility closest to your home, unless you prefer to be seen sooner at another site.

Please note that Gastrointestinal Eosinophilic Diseases Program (GEDP) team appointments are only available at the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora.