Is Blood Test necessary for toddler at this point
I was wondering if I could get some of your opinions about RAST testing. My 20 month old daughter tested positive via skin testing for a peanut allergy about a month ago during allergy testing because of her eczema. She has never had a known reaction. Our allergist gave us epi pens, told us to read labels and said he'd retest her when she was five via skin test and sent us on our way. He doesn't do blood testing, he feels they are unreliable. We went back for an ezcema check and he answered alot of our questions- I was concerned over the lack of information we received on our first visit- my pediatrician suggested we follow up with a pediatric allergist who would give us more information and she said we needed to have the blood test too. We have an appointment in August.
Here is my question- do you think it is necessary at this point to get the blood test. I obviously want her to have it at some point to track the progression of the allergy but at this point I am uncomfortable with her getting her blood taken. She won't even sit still to take her daily medicine and we have to hold her down to get her lotion on or even to brush her teeth. Even if the test was totally negative she still had a positive skin test so we wouldn't be able to change anything we are doing . Does the benefit of knowing the scores outweigh the difficultly she may have with test? I appreciate your views on this.
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