The Division of Allergy and Immunology has a specialized Peanut Oral Immunotherapy (OIT) Standardization Clinic for standardizing peanut OIT protocols for patients with a food allergy to peanuts. A diagnosis of food allergy is determined by your child’s history of allergy symptoms, diagnostic tests and a discussion with your child’s allergist.
The Peanut OIT Standardization Clinic is coordinated by Amal H. Assa’ad, MD, a certified pediatric allergist / immunologist and Associate Director and Director of Clinical Services of Cincinnati Children’s Division of Allergy and Immunology.
The main Peanut OIT Standardization Clinic is on the Burnet Campus in Location C (Outpatient Services Building) on the fifth floor in Treatment Center 9. An initial consultation during Allergy Clinic hours will need to be scheduled to determine whether your child is a candidate for Peanut OIT Standardization Clinic. OIT for food allergens is also conducted through the Allergy Clinic.
For this initial consultation appointment in the Allergy Clinic, call 513-636-2601.
Operating Hours at the Burnet Campus
Operating hours of the Peanut OIT Standardization Clinic are twice a month, on the first and third Friday afternoons of the month. Once your child is determined to be a candidate for Peanut OIT Standardization Clinic, call the Food Allergy Coordinator, at 513-636-9227, or the nurse line, 513-636-4589, to schedule Peanut OIT Standardization Clinic appointments.
Peanut OIT Standardization Clinic is currently offered at the Burnet Campus only.
Oral immunotherapy (OIT) is a process of building up tolerance to a food your child is allergic to. The goal of OIT is to decrease your child’s sensitivity to the food allergen. By slowly introducing the food allergen, it may lower the risk of life-threatening allergic reactions. The process is also known as desensitization.
The first step in this process is to find a safe starting amount of the food for your child. During your clinic visit, the doctor will identify the right dose your child can tolerate without having allergy symptoms. Your child will then take this small amount of the food every day at home. The dose slowly increases at clinic visits. Your child will get a slightly larger amount of the food at each clinic visit, and you will give the new dose each day at home until your doctor gives you other instructions.
Your child is a good candidate for OIT if:
- We can find a safe starting dose of the food allergen for your child
- They can cooperate with eating the food every day
- You are willing to make sure your child gets their dose of the food allergen every day;
- You can come for clinic visits every 2 to 4 weeks for roughly 6 months or longer, depending on how the process goes with your child