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Anyone have a baby that had allergy testing done?

My son is 6 months old and has to have allergy testing done. I just wondered if any moms have been through this. I need to know what to expect.

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SweetOrangeMama

Asked by SweetOrangeMama at 5:19 PM on Apr. 28, 2011 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • some places will do a "patch test" on the babies instaed of the one where they scrape the skin, call the dermatoligist and ask :)
    josiesmommy00

    Answer by josiesmommy00 at 5:26 PM on Apr. 28, 2011

  • I haven't but my mother worked in an allergy clinic. They are going to put different things on his skin and poke him with needles :( and see if he has a reaction.
    June_Mama09

    Answer by June_Mama09 at 5:26 PM on Apr. 28, 2011

  • hi there i am a nurse for an allergy doctor...each doctor is different but the testing can be done in three different ways ..you can do what they call skin pricks where they scratch the skin with serum , patch testing, or they can do it through blood work. alot of doctors when the child is under the age of 2 will not even test at all because they feel the infant will out grow it..but if they do test i would ask?recommend they do it through blood work..more accurate and less stressful for you and your child.if you do allergy pricks the child with have to sit there after the pricks from 15-20 mins then the doctor will come in and get a reading. but some people still have to get the blood work down because the reactions is not "large" enough for them to confirm it is a true reaction. may i ask what you?they belive your lil one is allergic too?
    mztxdelta

    Answer by mztxdelta at 5:40 PM on Apr. 28, 2011

  • He has eczema and has also had a very strong reaction to strawberry flavoring in meds. His dad also had lots of food allergies along w/ eczema as a baby. They said they will do the testing on his back, does that help w/ figuring out which one they are planning? I am going to call tomorrow and ask about the blood test instead.

    SweetOrangeMama

    Comment by SweetOrangeMama (original poster) at 5:45 PM on Apr. 28, 2011

  • if they do a patch test they put it on the back and leave it for 24 hours then it is read by the doctor, far less stressful than bloodwork or the scratch test
    josiesmommy00

    Answer by josiesmommy00 at 11:29 PM on Apr. 28, 2011

  • patch testing is done of the back and taken off after 48 hours, checked after being exposed to air for about 20 minutes, and the reaction can still occur up to 72 hours later. Negatives don't mean anything though, and positives can be false. When our kids do theirs, we eliminate all positives and maybes, and any negatives that are strong suspects anyway we eliminate (for instance, DS didn't react to milk but we knew it was very likely he was in fact allergic). He reacted to it internally but not on allergy testing. It's pretty inaccurate in young children.
    mnt_2_b_mommy

    Answer by mnt_2_b_mommy at 12:10 AM on Apr. 29, 2011

  • yeah scratch testing can show some reaction...alot time when they are so young they will only scratch for what you might believe is causing it as well as saline and histamine....the reason i dont like to recommend the patch test for young children because it has to stay on the whole 48 hours and no wetness can contact the patches at all...and some lil ones are so active they mess with them. also the reading can be inaccurate in young children...yes there is alittle discomfort with the blood work as well but that only last for a min or two they can run any or all test that you would like and it is more than 90% correct.
    mztxdelta

    Answer by mztxdelta at 9:53 AM on Apr. 29, 2011

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