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Alergy blood testing for toddlers

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Pikachuka Sun 19-Nov-17 15:57:11

DD (2.5yo now) has been suffering from eczema and runny nose for more than a year now. A private paediatrician suggested to do a blood test for allergies. An NHS GP on the other hand said that these tests often give false/unrelible results in children. Has anyone had any experience with this kind of blood test on a young child? If yes, was it effective?

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RatRolyPoly Sun 19-Nov-17 16:01:28

Is it skin prick testing they're suggesting or an actual blood test? DS had skin prick testing and it was so overwhelmingly positive for several allergens that that was sufficient! However a friend's dd tested negative for everything with skin prick so they did a blood test. They still came back negative but following discussions with the doctor they still maintain an allergy is present due to the symptoms she presented with.

Solasum Sun 19-Nov-17 16:02:33

Has she had skin prick tests for standard allergens? My DS had terrible eczema that disappeared completely once we cut it out post allergy tests. He had both skin prick and blood tests and the same things showed up for both

RatRolyPoly Sun 19-Nov-17 16:02:45

I should say they both were tested are around a year old and my DS will be having repeat skin prick testing again just before school age.

Solasum Sun 19-Nov-17 16:04:07

Sorry, that should have said *cut egg out.

We are on annual allergy monitoring from paediatric allergy service, as unfortunately we have historic of anaphylaxis in the family

Pikachuka Sun 19-Nov-17 16:09:32

Thanks everyone for quick response! It is only blod test. The doctor suggested blood test because blod test gives more options of testing for different stuff from just one blood sample, instead of making a prick for each potential allergen. She aslo said it’s less troubling for the child than pricks.

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Pikachuka Sun 19-Nov-17 16:10:31

Sorry for my escaping Os smile

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