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has anyone's dc had allergy tests recently?

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duckyisback Tue 19-Apr-16 07:43:41

Ds has an appointment today for allergy testing.

I have no idea how they do it or if it will be painful for ds or not. He's 16 mo.

I'm really nervous!

Has anyone had this done recently and knows what I can expect?

Icecappedpinetrees Tue 19-Apr-16 07:51:43

My DS is just over two. We had nut allergy testing done recently. We had a chat with consultant, then he drew on ds's arm with a special pen then added drops of liquid (like tiny bubbles sitting on the skin) - this was when he had to stay still to avoid them running/rolling off. Then they prick the bubbles, it's basically popping the bubble, nothing more. DS didn't even flinch and it wasn't sore at all. Then wait 10 mins for a reaction. DS was intrigued and sat well as we narrated what happened and kept him interested.

Good luck, it's a thought but it'll be fine I'm sure.

We took snacks - just in case!

duckyisback Tue 19-Apr-16 08:07:35

Thanks will take snacks.

I was worried incase they put the needle in his arm confused.

I have no idea what they're actually testing for, he has cmpa, egg and black currant allergies.

uhoh2016 Wed 27-Apr-16 04:27:12

How did you get on OP? Did they tell you there and then what he was allergic too?
I'm asking because my ds (14m) has an egg allergy - he's not had any official testing but going off his reaction when he had any eggs.
Did your ds have his MMR vaccine?
The nurse at my local clinic wouldn't give him the MMR there and said he should have it done at the hospital so they can observe him afterwards.

Florentina27 Wed 27-Apr-16 15:32:22

Hi, I'm curious bhowbit goes as we are scheduled for allergy tests in June. In my letter it said we have to stay in hospital for 2 hours after in case of severe reaction ( she had anaphylactic episode last month and it progressed very quickly, been in hospital for 2 days to keep an eye on her). I also read + on google) that vaccines can trigger anaphylaxis even if they haven't reacted very badly before. Have to make a note to inform them later when do her vaccine as I'm so forgetful lately. Let me know bow it goes and what to expect as she'll only be 9 mo. Thanks

Pocket1 Wed 27-Apr-16 21:50:05

We've been through skin prick tests, blood tests and supervised hospital feeds with DD who was intolerant to dairy, and allergic to Brazil nuts and egg. All diagnosed at about 6-12 months.

It was terrifying tbh but we managed to avoid the problem foods and amazingly she seems to be growing out of the problems (she's 2.5 now) - she has dairy daily and would eat her weight in cheese if I let her. Is no longer allergic to any nuts. She also tolerates baked egg and would eat cake all day long if she was allowed to. We tried her recently with a bit of well cooked omelette and she was fine (I'd been expecting her to come out in hives round her mouth). I honestly feel like we've witnessed a miracle.

I hope that all your little ones grow out of their allergies soon too smile

Pocket1 Wed 27-Apr-16 21:52:12

Ps. I was worried about the MMR - but checked with out allergy consultant who said it was fine. So ask your allergy team for advice.

duckyisback Thu 28-Apr-16 11:06:12

Thanks everyone.

Ds did great, he didn't flinch or anything at all.

Even more of a surprise, everything they tested for came out negative! grin

Have been told to start re introducing egg slowly it's still scary though!

They said he is no longer allergic to cows milk but is intolerant. I have no idea of the differences hmm shall go google.

Florentina27 Mon 02-May-16 23:45:25

Lactose intolerant is when they can't process the sugar in milk and is quite uncommon in UK, very common in Asia apparently, according to my dietician. It is easier when intolerant, especially as there are a lot of lactose free things on the market. A milk allergy is when you are allergyc to the actual protein in milk...

How did everyone with milk allergy get enough calcium for their babies as they don't make supplements for baby and as I'm bf I'm not getting any either???

Snowflakesummer Wed 04-May-16 08:49:46

With regards to cmpa and breastfeeding, your lo will get enough to calcium from you. You can get calcium from other sources such as leafy greens or you can take a supplement.

Acorncat Wed 04-May-16 12:43:52

You can still be intolerant to milk protein, just means the reactions are different (eg, delayed gut reactions rather than immediate anaphylaxis). Some people say intolerances are non-IgE reactions and allergy is IgE but not sure if that's strictly true.

I take calcium supplements, and lots of cereals, breads etc are fortified with calcium (though no good if soya allergic too). I aim to eat green veg but it doesn't happen often enough!

Florentina27 Sat 07-May-16 21:50:37

I should get some calcium supplements then as I don't eat enough greens, I don't have many options for cereal as we avoid soya as well, thank God for Aldi as they are the only ones that have bread without soya flower smile

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