UCSF's Pediatric Allergy and Immunology specialists care for babies, children and teens with problems related to the immune system. These conditions range widely from allergies that can cause life-threatening reactions to immunodeficiencies that can lead to chronic or unusual infections.
Young patients with immune function issues require expert assessment and treatment. Our pediatric immunologists are experienced in navigating the often-complicated diagnostic processes for these conditions as well as in selecting the most fitting and up-to-date therapies to manage immune disorders, so that kids not only stay safe but are able to live normal lives.
We're a designated center of excellence for immunology care in California and one of 125 centers in the country that receives funding from the Jeffrey Modell Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to patient care, education and research on primary immunodeficiency disorders. For our patients who need intravenous immune globulin therapy or other IV medications, we have an outpatient infusion center with a dedicated staff experienced in administering these treatments.
What's more, our center is experienced in diagnosing and caring for babies and children born with severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID). We're designated by the California Department of Public Health to screen newborns for SCID, and we're able to rapidly evaluate babies with abnormal test results.
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Certified child life specialists ease the stress and anxiety of childhood illness through therapeutic play, schooling and family-focused support.
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Social workers ease the effect of illness, injury and hospitalization on your family with counseling and assistance to help you navigate the challenges.
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Art therapy helps kids and families express themselves, making it easier to cope with pediatric health issues. Group and bedside services are available.
Music Therapy Program
Board-certified music therapists help kids cope with illness and the feelings that come with it. Find out about group activities and bedside therapy.
Our schoolroom services and individual learning programs help children hospitalized at UCSF continue their education and get ready to return to school.
School Re-Entry Program
After hospitalization, we help kids return to school by educating staff and students about their needs and recommending needed accommodations. Read more.
Individual Playtime & Instruction
If your child can't be around other kids for medical reasons, you can sign up for private sessions in our activity and school rooms. Find out how.
Interpreter Services & Communication Assistance
Interpreter services in many languages and TDDs are available for families that need help communicating with care teams. Here's how to access them.
Family Resource Center
We help families cope with the challenges of childhood illness and hospitalization in a relaxing environment where parents can get a much-needed break.
Parent Support Program
Weekly activities, including knitting, scrapbooking, chair massage and more, help family caregivers get a much-needed break. Find out more.
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