Preventing Childhood Allergies

There has been a significant increase in American children developing food allergies, with many suffering from what is termed the “allergic march.” The condition begins with the development of eczema as an infant, followed by food allergies. After age four, the child may develop allergic rhinitis and then asthma.

While there are currently no treatments to interrupt or prevent the allergic march, at National Jewish Health, we believe methods to prevent the allergic march and many allergy-related skin, food and respiratory conditions are within reach.

The institution is home to one of the leading allergy-immunology programs in the United States, conducting leading-edge research to determine the causes and develop increasingly more effective treatments for individuals living with allergic diseases. Under the leadership of world-renowned allergist and immunologist, Donald Leung, MD, PhD, National Jewish Health is uniquely positioned to find the solution and change the course of the lives of countless children and their families.


About National Jewish Health

National Jewish Health is the #1 respiratory hospital in the nation, as ranked by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1899 as a nonprofit hospital, National Jewish Health today is the only facility in the world dedicated exclusively to groundbreaking medical research and treatment of patients with respiratory, cardiac, immune and related disorders. Patients and families come to National Jewish Health from around the world to receive cutting-edge, comprehensive, coordinated care.

By the Numbers

9 Million U.S. Children
have eczema

5.9 Million U.S. Children
suffer from food allergies

6 Million U.S. Children
are afflicted with asthma.

40% of U.S. Children with Eczema
develop food allergies

20% of U.S. Children with Eczema
also have asthma