Hi all. I see this board isn't very active but I'll try anyway.
DD is 19 months old, and twice in the last month she got hives around her mouth during dinner. We figured out it was tahini (ingredients= 100% sesame seeds) that was causing it. I did some research and saw that sesame allergies are actually on the rise in the US. We have her scheduled for a peditriciation appointment to go forward with allergy testing. I was just wondering what to expect. Blood test? Skin test? Any experiences would be welcome.
She also had a dairy intolerance we figured out around 3mo, that we think she outgrew at 17 months. She never had any testing for this, just noticed a difference when I gave up dairy. I had a few blissful months of not having to read ingredient lists!!
my son had a scratch test done when he was a little over 1. he didn't seem affected by it at all..didn't seem to be in pain..just wiggle wormed a little bit. they bring a tray of allergens in little vials..they draw a road-map on your back with a sharpie and then dab the vials on spots. there were about 15 or so allergens we tested for...it was fairly easy..we then waited for i think about 20 mins in the office to see if there were any reactions.
DS was 6 months old when we did allergy testing, so I'm not sure our experience will be much help to you. In our case, the pedi ordered blood tests in the office. DS couldn't have cared less about the needle, he was just mad about being held down while they did the blood draw. It took 3 tries (not the phlebotomist's fault at all, she was awesome and DS was really wiggly), and on the 3rd one they let me hold him sitting upright, rather than pinned to a table-magic! He smiled and babbled at the phlebotomist while she stuck him.
Results took a week, and when they came back with numbers that indicated allergies to a few foods, we got referred to an allergist for a skin test. He also read the blood test results for us, and gave us some more accurate answers than the pedi's office gave (they told me DS only tested allergic to wheat, eggs, and milk...the allergist read the test and said his wheat numbers weren't significant at all, but the pedi had completely overlooked the peanut allergy) The skin test was super easy, two trays of tests that they slapped onto his back at the same time (he was wiggly because he wanted to see what was going on), and 15 minutes later they read the test and we walked out with a bunch of information about the foods we needed to avoid.
Hopefully someone can chime in who has more experience, or kids closer to your DD's age! I hope everything goes well with your appointment!
My son had skin prick test done twice. Once at 4 months of age and again at 8 months of age. Drawing circles with the pen was the most annoying thing for him. He didn't even notice the pricks.
I think at your child's age you'll have him laying down on the table with an ipad/tablet/phone etc in front of him to keep him still during the test. you don't want the gels to run down his back so he should ideally lay on his belly for the 15-20 minutes.
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