I decided to document our first round of skin testing for food allergies on our son. I was very afraid and I could tell my energy was radiating onto him. Once the nurse came in, he was crying and hugging me tight. Poor guy has scrubs and white coat PTSD. I talked to him and assured him he was safe and that Mommy was there and nothing bad was going to happen. “I love you baby, you are so brave and it is going to be ok.” His blood was tested when he was 9 months old and revealed his extreme food allergies which is the new normal for us.
Now he is 20 months and he will have skin tests to see how things are now. The pediatric allergist will not test him for peanuts or dairy during this time. The videos below are not bad. I took them to show other moms what to expect. I had in my mind that it was going to be a lot of screaming and crying and it was not that.
There is a histamine that is like a misquito bite and a control which is sterile water
Then down the left side of his back they tested for
And on the right side they did 9 tree nuts which included
Black & English Walnut
Below there is a time lapse, a video and photo to show his tests.
The results showed that his allergy to Eggs has gotten worse, he is totally clear of his Soy allergy (which is good bc we have been eating Soy) his Oats are the same, his Wheat allergy is still present but looks better and we will do a food challenge with Cream of Wheat in 6 months. He is totally clear to eat Corn & Coconut (again very good bc we already eat that). Most of the tree nuts he did react to and due to his extreme Peanut allergy we have decided to keep him NUT FREE! We continue to have a dairy free diet as well.
I hope that this sheds some light on what skin testing is and how it works. Of course no parent wants this for their kid but if it helps us learn more and move forward in overcoming these food allergies we are all for it. For more information please visit these websites.
FOOD ALLERGY RESEARCH & EDUCATION
WEB MD Food Allergy & Intolerance
Just Happy Mommy
2 thoughts on “Skin Testing for Food Allergies”
Was the skin testing and the reading of the results all in one visit? I’ve heard some people say they had to have it bandaged up and they couldn’t get it wet for several days, then they went back and results were read.
Yes it was all during one visit. We stayed in the room after the injections for 20 minutes then we had an appointment with his allergist to go over the results and talk about the next steps. We bathed him that night and applied hydrocortisone for itch relief.
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