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How to Test Allergies in Children

There is no difference between testing allergies in children and adults. The types of test are the same. The difference and complicating factor is whether or not you need to have the test done. For many children, allergy tests are not beneficial and for this reason it should only be done when it is necessary.

  • Your child’s symptoms should be evaluated to see if a test is necessary. Some seasonal allergies can be controlled, so tests are not necessary.
  • If you think your child has a food allergy you can try to diagnose it through elimination. Take the items you suspect of causing the allergic reaction out of your child’s diet. After a few weeks introduce them back in one by one. This way you can isolate the problem food.
  • Your child might have several allergic reactions. In order to get a proper diagnosis, you need to consult an allergist or an immunologist.
  • You can have a skin allergy test done. In the process, a prick or scratch is applied and a tiny amount of allergen is touched to the skin. If your child’s skin reacts to that allergen, your child is allergic to that substance.
  • You can also get blood tests done to identify if your child has any food allergies. If you suspect a problem with allergies, it should be done because allergies in children can cause more serious problems in the future.

Notes:

  • Cow’s milk, tree nuts, eggs, wheat and fish are the most common foods that cause food allergies.
  • Have your child’s blood tested by a specialist.
  • A few days before the test, stop giving your child antihistamines as they can interfere with the results of the test.
  • If your child has more than one allergy, do not try elimination therapy.
  • The tests that are called intradermal are made by injecting the allergens under the skin.

Allergies in children can be diagnosed easily.

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