Our specialised Paediatric Allergy Centre focuses on children with chronic respiratory, gastrointestinal and/or skin problems and children who show acute, often severe symptoms following meals, insect bites or when taking medications. You can refer to us for allergic asthma, atopic eczema and allergies of various kinds.
The Paediatric Allergy Centre is located in the Maria Middelares Medical Centre.
The Paediatric Allergy Team is multidisciplinary and consists of a permanent core of three paediatricians, a paediatric nurse, a paediatric dietitian and an all-round administrative assistant. Every paediatrician has an additional specialisation.
- Dr Leus: food allergy, eczema and anaphylaxis
- Dr De Wilde: asthma, eczema and anaphylaxis
- Dr Van de Voorde: asthma, food allergy, eczema and anaphylaxis
How we workHow we work
You can turn to the Paediatric Allergy Centre for a variety of tests, individual guidance and support:
- extensive anamnesis and clinical research
- additional examinations with skin tests, blood draws, pulmonary function examinations
- written explanation of the type of allergy, administration of medication, skin care, diet
- supervision by a dietitian
- Intensive collaboration with the Paediatric Allergology Department of the Gasthuisberg Leuven University Hospital.
Our team is committed to regular re-evaluation of children with allergies, precisely because we know that allergies are highly subject to change over the course of the first 15 years of life. This allows us to maintain an overview and to quickly make adjustments where necessary by means of new prevention measures, medication adjustments, expansion or simplification of diets and/or additional patient coaching.
Diagnoses and treatmentsDiagnoses and treatments
The Paediatric Allergy Centre diagnoses and treats multiple disorders:
- food allergy
- (allergic) asthma
- atopic eczema
- allergic rhinitis
- allergic rhinoconjunctivitis
- provocation test with food
Information sessionsInformation sessions
We place a high value on understanding your child's disorder because we are convinced that this is the basis for optimal treatment and quality of life. That is why we offer information sessions on eczema (skin cure) and anaphylaxis (severe allergic reactions).
During this information session, parents get more information about the causes, treatment and prevention of atopic eczema. Using examples, we teach how to recognise the different types of eczema and to apply the right treatment. There are also a lot of practical tips.
Children between 3-8 years old are also welcome. A maximum of two adults per child can participate in this session. While the parents receive a theoretical explanation, our paediatric nurse explains to the children in a playful way how to apply cream correctly. This 'cream application session' is less suitable for children under 3 and older than 8 years of age.
You can register a child, accompanied by a parent or grandparent, for one of these sessions. Pre-registration is mandatory.
The session continues in the meeting room of the Maria Middelares Medical Centre, when you enter the building immediately to the left.
We also offer information sessions for parents, grandparents, child caretakers, teachers and other care providers responsible for the daily care of a child who has a dangerous food allergy. These information sessions are also suitable for adolescents with a high risk of anaphylaxis.
A maximum of four adults per child can participate in these sessions. We ask for a contribution of €25.00 per child. Payment by means of invoicing after the session.
Pre-registration is mandatory.
Conference room at the Maria Middelares Medical Centre, Kliniekstraat 27 in Ghent-Bruges
As a specialised centre, we find it important to participate in scientific research. We are currently actively working on the following studies in collaboration with the Paediatric Allergology Department of the Gasthuisberg Leuven University Hospital:
- reintroduction of milk using the 'milk ladder'
- Reintroduction of egg in children with IgE-mediated egg allergy (TETI study)
- exertion-induced asthma in young athletes.
Always include the following information in your e-mail:
- name and birthdate of the child
- referred patient’s e-mail address
- patient’s address
- patient’s telephone number
As a patient, you will then be contacted by one of our all-round staff members to book an appointment. The referring physician is kept informed with evolution reports.
Ghent-Bruges Medical Centre