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Old 10-16-2007, 03:30 PM
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Next week I have to take my 2 year old son to get tested for a food allergy. The receptionist at the doctor's office said they will do back testing. What is that? From what my husband tells me (he had allergy testing back in high school) he said they put a bunch of pinpricks in your back and look for a reaction. That sounds awfully uncomfortable for a two year old. My son doesn't like going to the doctor as it is.

Can anyone tell me what to expect or if there kid has had allergy testing. How soon will you get the results back? I'm nervous about his upcoming appointment.

Thanks for your help!
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Old 10-16-2007, 05:08 PM
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It's not uncomfortable...They will take their shirt off, and the nurse/ doctor will have pre-mixed a few possible allergens (there will also be a placebo/ saline solution...just to test skin sensitivity). Anyway, they adhere all of the allergens to a big sheet (almost like a huge peice of saran wrap) in a grid-like pattern; they press it against his/her back and then peel it off quickly. Your child will hardly notice.

All of the allegen solutions are laid out in a 'grid' & the nurse/doctor has a 'master list' of what's what (i.e., corn...wheat...dairy...grass/weed)....so after the solutions have been applied to the skin, you'll wait for a few minutes...your toddler runs around....you try to not let anything bump his/her back...the nurse/doctor comes back in the room to see if there are any reactions. You will have results that day. Reactions will show up as 'hives' on any ofthe locations where an allergen has been applied. The size of the hive will give an indication of how allergic the child is to each potential allergen. It is not painful, your toddler will be fine...the allergy testing may reveal some surprises, though. Things that your child has been able to tolerate well, but still tests allergic to.
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Old 10-17-2007, 10:32 AM
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Thank you for your help. That doesn't sound too bad. Its just a matter of getting my son to stay still so they can do the test. Looks like I will be making a trip to Toys R Us to get him something to distract him.

His allergy is to peanuts I believe. I gave him a pb&j sandwich, which he never ate before, and within minutes of taking a bite of the sandwich he broke out in a rash all over his face. It was scary but I gave him benadryl and it helped. His pediatrician recommended a good allergy doctor so we will see how that goes.
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Old 10-17-2007, 09:45 PM
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Don't stress out too much...my kids are highly sensitive, and have several allergies...the peanut thing is scary, but you have to keep it in perspective. Here's a good article...

Peanut allergy epidemic may be overstated - The Boston Globe

I put my kids on a good probiotic, too. There's a lot of research indicating that the lack of 'good' bacteria in our systems may be responsible for our immune systems going haywire and becoming allergic to things that aren't real threats to us.
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Old 10-18-2007, 07:42 AM
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I just wanted to add my two cents, since my son who just turned three had allergy testing when he was two.

I think some allergy doctors must do things differently. When my son had it done, they did it individually. He was fine for the first few, but then it was definitely uncomfortable for him and he started crying. But it was over very quick. But he noticed the testing. I know how you feel..I feel bad getting my son his vaccinations because I know it's going to hurt

But that is how the allergy testing kind of went for him. I held him in my lap with his back to the nurse. The first few, he didn't know they were coming..so they wasn't a reaction<just like a first shot>..then he got some more and he started to squirm a bit and started to cry a bit<just like if he got a second shot> Then he started crying...By now , he knew it was coming and it did hurt a bit. I am not trying to upset you, but didn't want you to go in thinking your child won't feel a thing..it depends on the testing I guess. But it is very very quick and my son was over it and happily playing in the waiting room while waiting for the results. Like I said, I kind of compare it to when they get their vaccinations. They recover extremely quickly. Kids are tough and you will feel better knowing what your child is allergic too. Allergies can be very scary..but you will feel more confident once you know what it is and how to deal with it. It always seems overwhelming at first, but then you get the hang of it and it becomes second nature. Good luck!
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Old 10-18-2007, 09:32 PM
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Thank you again for the good advice and encouragement : ) My husband is going with me to the appointment so we can both be there for him. I will try to send an update next week to let you know how it goes.
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Old 01-21-2009, 12:05 PM
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Default My 14 month old has severe alley/eczema..Advice on Dr?

Hi, I am new to Dallas from Ny and our 1 year old need to be allery skin tested. I need a specialist. Can you please advise me on one for my daughter Sydney? Help!
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Old 07-04-2011, 02:50 PM
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Allergies in toddlers is one of the most urgent topics of all new moms. An allergy is a reaction in the baby's body to the presence of a substance called an allergen. [mod] need at least 10 other posts to make specific recommendations [/mod]

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Old 02-22-2012, 09:27 AM
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my step daughters mom wants to have her tested for allergies. I have never noticed a reaction to anything. She has the common cold right now that everyone has and ofcorse medicine isnt really working (it isn't working on anyone, this virus has to run its corse). Her mom is convenced it is allergies, I disagree. Would a dr really put a child thru this that doesn't show any signs of being allergic to anything?
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Old 02-22-2012, 12:38 PM
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If a toddler has been to the ER for an allergic reaction, you will most likely know what the allergy was. If he has not been to the ER, then he has no business being tested. More harm has been done by well meaning but fearful parents to children's social adjustment, self esteem, food habits, etc. by worrying about things that are not really problems.

Ten years ago, a family member decided that the toddler had "too much mucous" and after spending enough to buy a nice car with allergists and homeopathic practitioners, restricted his access to milk and milk products and sugar. Now ten years later they get to treat an eating disorder and neurotic behavior for a kid who had never had an ice cream cone or been inside a McDonalds. Why doesn't he have any friends? Gee. I wonder.
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