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The Division of Allergy, Immunology, Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine at Children’s Mercy provides an integrated approach to care for children from birth to young adulthood with a wide range of allergic, immune system, respiratory, and sleep conditions.

Highlights of our program include the nationally accredited Cystic Fibrosis Care Center, which is well-known for both excellent care and robust clinical research, and our expanded Sleep Center, which is the largest pediatric sleep program in the region. Additionally, our food allergy center is part of the Food Allergy Research and Education Clinical Network.

We also offer support for families that goes beyond their child’s medical care. For instance, families impacted by asthma or allergies can partner with our Healthy Home Program to help identify environmental triggers that might cause or worsen their child’s health problems. And children with complex conditions, like cystic fibrosis or 22q11.2 deletion or duplication syndrome, can see several different Children’s Mercy experts in one visit, thanks to these multidisciplinary clinics.

Clinical Services

The Allergy and Immunology department provides comprehensive pediatric allergy testing and care for children with immunodeficiency disorders. Families are connected with expert health care providers who can diagnose and treat all types of allergy and immunology conditions.

The Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine team treats a wide variety of acute and chronic respiratory disorders and sleep disorders in children. Our Sleep Disorders Program is the only pediatric program in the region accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

The Sleep Center at Children's Mercy specializes in the coordination of respiratory support equipment, including CPAP, and other services that are vital to the care of children with medical and behavioral sleep-related issues. Providers conduct in-person and telemedicine visits at all Children’s Mercy locations.

The Children’s Mercy Cystic Fibrosis Care Center Team provides expert, family-centered care to infants, children and adolescents living with cystic fibrosis. More than 260 families from across the Midwest come to Children’s Mercy each year to receive specialized care for their child at our accredited Care Center.

Conditions

  • Allergies
    • Food allergies
    • Medication allergies
    • Seasonal allergies (conjunctivitis, rhinitis)
  • Asthma
    • Allergic asthma
    • Exercise-induced asthma
    • Life-threatening asthma
  • Chronic lung disease of prematurity
  • Congenital airway and lung abnormalities
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Eczema and atopic dermatitis
  • Hereditary angioedema
  • Hives and urticaria
  • Immune deficiencies
    • Antibody deficiencies
    • Combined immunodeficiencies
    • Phagocytic disorders
    • Complement deficiencies
  • Interstitial and diffuse lung disease of childhood
  • Pneumonia and respiratory infections
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Pulmonary complications of sickle cell disease
  • Pulmonary complications of neuromuscular
    disease
  • Pediatric tracheostomy and home ventilation
  • Primary ciliary dyskinesia
  • Restrictive lung disease (neuromuscular and
    thoracic disorders)

Stories

Cystic fibrosis and research: Myah’s story

Meet Myah, a teen who loves playing soccer and also happens to have cystic fibrosis. Recent clinical trials have helped Myah keep up with her teammates and improve her quality of life through access to new medication and treatment options.

Eosinophilic asthma: Hunter's story

In a matter of a few hours, Hunter Box went from being a healthy, active 17-year-old, to a severely ill teen struggling for his next breath. After two hospitalizations, he was diagnosed with eosinophilic asthma and a rare complication called plastic bronchitis. Now, thanks to the Children’s Mercy Advanced Asthma Interdisciplinary Respiratory (AAIR) Clinic, Hunter’s asthma is under control.

Meet Hunter's

Inside Pediatrics: Zei's story

After a mysterious illness ravages Zei’s lungs and leaves her fighting for life, the critical care team re-invents its life support protocols to push the limits of medicine to give her a chance.