Pediatric Allergy Testing
How to prepare for your child’s allergy test
In children under the age of six, allergy testing is performed on the back. In children seven and older, it may be performed on the forearms. Application of 24 – 40 common allergens is performed rapidly in less than one minute and the sites are observed for a period of twenty minutes. Bringing a book or a toy for the child to play with is encouraged.
ALLERGY TESTING IS NOT WITHOUT RISKS; specifically the most feared risk is anaphylaxis, potentially causing death. The estimated risk of death is approximately 1 in 1.5 million. Other uncommon risks include localized swelling and erythema or redness, chest tightness and wheezing, eczema, and hives. These usually respond rapidly to medical treatments. Most authorities believe that in appropriately selected patients, the benefits of testing far outweigh the risks.
If your child has ever had hives, or asthma requiring the use of an inhaler please notify the doctor. If your child has ever had anaphylaxis or has a known food allergy, please notify the doctor. FAILURE TO DO SO INCREASES THE RISK OF A POTENTAL COMPLICATION.
All antihistamines (Benadryl, Claritin, Zyrtec, including all over the counter sinus and allergy medications) should be discontinued at least 5 days prior to testing.
Please contact our office at least two days in advance of the test date if you have any questions in relation to the allergy test or if any of the following are true:
- You are unsure about certain medications your child is taking
- Your child is actively sick
- If circumstances prevent keeping the appointment
Our allergy testing methods and treatment methods have been studied extensively. We take the health of your child to be of paramount importance. We encourage you to help improve their quality of life!