Diagnosing Food Allergies in Infants and Children
A Food Allergy CE/CME Curriculum Course

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Jonathan Spergel, MD, PhD, reviews the diagnosis of food allergies and the role of the primary care clinician within the process. Dr. Spergel discusses the importance of a clinical history and physical exam; diagnostic strategies for IgE-mediated food allergies, including skin prick tests, serum IgE testing, and food challenges; strategies and indications for referral to an allergist; unproven or disproven food allergy tests; and future diagnostic tools.

This activity is part of the Food Allergy Curriculum: Understanding Food Allergies in Infants and Children: The Symptoms, Diagnoses, and Management

You may also be interested in Answers to Commonly Asked Allergy Questions, Videos for Parents and Caregivers.

Course Credit:

1.00 AANP Contact Hour
1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM
1.00 ANCC Contact Hour
1.00 CA-BRN Contact Hour
1.00 CDR Contact Hour


Opens: 2019-08-02
Closes: 2021-08-02

Target Audience:

This activity was developed for physicians, pediatric nurse practitioners, nurses, registered dietitians, and other health care professionals who have an interest in newborns, infants and toddlers.

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Mead Johnson Nutrition.
  • Jonathan Spergel, MD, PhD

    Professor of Pediatrics
    Chief, Allergy Section
    Stuart E. Starr Endowed Chair of Pediatrics
    Director of Center for Pediatric Eosinophilic Disease
    Director, FARE Center of Excellence
    The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
    Perelman School of Medicine at University of Pennsylvania
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Learning Objectives

  • Evaluate test methods for detection and diagnosis of food allergy
  • Incorporate diagnostic test results to manage food allergies

Faculty Disclosures

Jonathan Spergel, MD, PhD

  • Research Support
    • NIH – Clinical area: pediatric allergies
    • Regeneron – Clinical area: pediatric allergies
    • Aimmune Therapeutics – Clinical area: pediatric allergies
  • Consultant
    • DBV Technologies – Clinical area: pediatric allergies
  • Speakers Bureau
    • Medscape – Clinical area: pediatric allergies 

Accreditation and Certification

The Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower designates this activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The Annenberg Center for Health Sciences is accredited by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners as an approved provider of nurse practitioner continuing education. Provider number: 040207.
This program is designated for up to 1.00 contact hour. Program ID# 5756-EM.
The Annenberg Center for Health Sciences is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.
A maximum of 1.00 contact hour may be earned for successful completion of this activity.
Provider is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #13664, for 1.00 contact hour.
To receive credit for education contact hours outside of the state of California, please check with your state board of registered nursing for reciprocity.
Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Registered dietitians (RDs) and dietetic technicians, registered (DTRs) will receive 1.00 hour continuing professional education unit (CPEU) for completion of this program/material.
Provider Number AC857; Activity Number 150037.
Learners may submit additional evaluations of the quality of this program/material to cdr@eatright.org.

Additional Content Planners

Erin Allen, MS, RD, LDN (RD Reviewer)
No significant relationships to disclose.

Heather Jimenez, FNP (Nurse Reviewer)
No significant relationships to disclose.

Stephanie Leonard, MD (Peer Reviewer)
  • Consultant 
    • Lab Corp – clinical area: food allergy diagnostics

Jessica Martin, PhD (Medical Writer)
No significant relationships to disclose.

Morgan Meissner (Medical Writer)
No significant relationships to disclose.

Annenberg Center for Health Sciences

Charles Willis, Director of Continuing Education, consults for Pfizer, Inc, all other staff at the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower have no relevant commercial relationships to disclose.