1st Appt. What should I expect?

Posted on: Tue, 05/20/2008 - 11:37pm
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So we have an appointment for June 3 for my 21 month old son to see an allergist. This will be our first appointment and I am worried. They will be doing the scrach test during this appoitment too. We had the RAST (Blood Test) done and DS tested + for peanuts and - to the other things tested including eggs. However, I have seen his reaction to eggs and it is similar to his PA reactions. I still don't understand how that came up -. I still consider him to have egg allergy.
How do they test a child this size...getting his blood drawn was the most horrible experience ever. He was so upset he was gagging:( and not breathing well. Poor guy.
I just want to know what is in store for us when we go and how the test is actually done on a litle one.
Thanks,
Kim

Posted on: Wed, 05/21/2008 - 2:40am
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Hi, My son was 8 months when he was tested. We did a scratch test on his back. He came back with peanuts and egg whites. Which was a shock considering i didnt know they were testing for that. I thought they were checking milk, soy and a few other things. Surprize eh!
My little guy was a little upset during the scratch test as I think any kid would be. I had to sit him on my lap facing me for them to scratch his back. They tested 3 sticks with about 8 dips per stick, and yes he cried when they scratched it in, and I really had to hang onto his arms. But once they were done he was fine. When i saw the bumps come up I just kept lighting blowing on his back cuz he was trying to scratch them.
But he did fair better than my first - he was 2 when he got tested, and I left bruises on the poor boys arms trying to hold him still.
Sorry if this scares you but you need to be prepared for the not breathing cry/gagging just in case. Thats why I think my first son was so hysterical because of course like any mom, i got upset seeing him so upset. With the last one, I knew what to expect so I was firmer (does that make sense?)
Hope all goes well
BTW how are u dealing with the egg allergy - I find that one hard.
Janet

Posted on: Wed, 05/21/2008 - 2:58am
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Our first appointments for each ds were about 1 to 1 1/2 hours (paperwork and history sent to you ahead of time but they review it at the appoinment). Ds#3 had a lot of items that they scratch tested for. He had just turned 3 last year when we had the appointment. He did much better than expected. He didn't cry but was getting very squirmy. I suggest bringing things to act as a distraction (although you will have to hold him in your arms during the skin testing). My email is in my profile if you have any specific questions. Feel free to email me. I think the whole ordeal (both times) was harder for me than either ds#3 or ds#4. Ds#4 was only 11 months when they did the SPT on him and he did not cry either but was getting crabby and squirmy. The assistants that did the tests were great with both boys. They were very nice and compassionate with them.

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