Dr Donald Hodge: Paediatrics
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Dr Donald Hodge

Paediatrics

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  • Paediatric immunology, infectious diseases & allergy

About me

Dr Hodge’s is a Consultant in General Paediatrics and Paediatric Allergy at Leeds Children's Hospital.

Dr Hodge is the lead for paediatric allergy in Leeds and runs a very busy NHS practise which provides all the paediatric allergy secondary care for Leeds and additionally provides a tertiary service for Yorkshire.

At present Dr Hodge personally sees in excess of 2000 patients with allergic disease per year, the majority of which are for food allergy (common foods including dairy, egg, fish, wheat, soya, peanut, treenuts and sesame), allergic rhinoconjunctivitis (hayfever – grass pollen, tree pollen, house dust mite) and idiopathic urticaria.
As many of his patients are atopic, Dr Hodge also has significant experience in the management of eczema and asthma and many would benefit from an allergy opinion.

One of the benefits of seeing so many children with allergic disease is that many have common general paediatric problems including constipation, weight issues, recurrent infections,heart murmurs, diarrhoea, abdominal pain, colic, reflux and urinary infections which Dr Hodge also manages.

A typical food allergy consultation would involve:
• Allergy focussed history to explore food(s) of concern and a global review of the rest of the diet with respect to other potential allergenic foods.
• Review of other atopic comorbidity (asthma, eczema, hay fever).
• Allergy testing – most commonly this will be done in clinic using skin prick testing. On occasion, allergy blood tests will be required.
• Once allergies have been diagnosed, appropriate dietary advice is given. Dr Hodge has access to a specialist paediatric allergy dietician.
• Allergy management plan – a detailed document outlining the emergency medical management in the event of future accidental allergic reactions. All plans are shared with parents /general practitioners / nurseries / schools.
• Training in adrenaline autoinjectors (if prescribed)

A typical allergic rhinoconjunctivitis consultation would involve:
• Allergy focused history to explore potential aeroallergens.
• Review of other atopic comorbidity (asthma, eczema, food allergy).
• Allergy testing – most commonly this will be done in clinic using skin prick testing. On occasion, allergy blood tests will be required.
• Optimisation of medical treatment.
• Training in nasal spray technique (if prescribed)
• Immunotherapy – sublingual desensitisation for grass/tree pollen allergy – Dr Hodge is able to offer this treatment if required.

Areas of interest

Food allergy / intolerance (common foods – dairy, egg, fish, soya, wheat, peanut, treenut, sesame)
Anaphylaxis
Allergic rhinoconjunctivitis (hay fever)
Asthma
Eczema
Urticaria
Constipation
Weight issues
Recurrent infections
Heart murmurs
Diarrhoea
Abdominal pain
Colic
Reflux
Urinary infections

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  • 20150

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