allergy testing ?

Posted on: Wed, 03/01/2006 - 1:01am
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DS is 16mo old and has had the RAST (blood test) and they are sending him to a specialist for further testing. They said they put a panel on his back with little needles on it, does it hurt? I am so worried for my little guy, he seems so little to have to go through this. Your experience with this test please.

Posted on: Wed, 03/01/2006 - 1:44am
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Hi momto1son,
I am an adult - perhaps it feels different for a baby, but I didn't consider it painful at all. Uncomfortable, perhaps.
The allergen is put on the skin then it is 'pricked'. You feel pin pricks - some a little 'sharper' than others depending on the nurse. The worse part is the itching when you have a reaction to an allergen and to the test patch.
The itching can be pretty intense - and they leave you itching for 15-20 minutes while you 'react'. I'd suggest bringing something to distract your baby. Toys, a book, or whatever.

Posted on: Wed, 03/01/2006 - 1:49am
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I had mine done when i was 8. Yes I was much older but i have EXTREMLY sensitive skin, both due to how my skin is and how my brain works (I have dyspraxia, and my sensory experience is much more intense than normal people) and i didn't have a problem with it, the needles dont hurt, they tickle! (but i think this depends on alligist, ours was the top one in the country apparently, but he died of a brain tumor) the worst bit is the itching!

Posted on: Wed, 03/01/2006 - 3:39am
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My daughter had two skin tests done before she was 2 years old and they were not painful at all.....well, at least I dont think. She didnt cry, flinch, blink or anything when they put the trays on her back. It only takes a second for them to push the tray against their back and pull it off.
I'm not an expert, but I wouldnt think you have anything to worry about. Al least in regards to it hurting your child.....Then again, my daughter has always been one to not cry when she gets shots. She just looks at the nurse like "you jerk, that hurt!"
Good luck

Posted on: Wed, 03/01/2006 - 3:57am
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The actual test doesn't hurt. The hardest part of the test for a toddler is that you need to lie still and cannot move for 15 minutes (or is it 10?). My child had a skin test done at 17 months. He wasn't yet interested in TV, so he wasn't paying any attention to the video they put on for him. Truthfully, after a couple of minutes, he screamed and cried for the rest of the test as I pinned him down as tightly as I could. I hesitate to tell you this, but I want you to be prepared that this might happen to your child. It's tough to keep a toddler still for that long. I hadn't known how they do the test, so I hadn't brought his favorite books to read him. Maybe that would have helped distract him.
The other issue is that sometimes people get very itchy. You can't scratch, and you have to keep lying flat so the different substances on your back don't run together. This can be another difficult part of the test.
My 6 year old did great with the skin test. He was a little itchy, but not bad. He watched the video the whole time and had no trouble lying still. Hopefully you'll have an experience like his.

Posted on: Wed, 03/01/2006 - 4:29am
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Bubbles. Little ones love them, and they can be so distracting that you can get through it.
The other thing I told my daughter at toddler ages is that she couldn't scratch HERSELF... but she [i]could[/i] scratch me instead if she got too itchy. She enjoyed that I had that kind of solidarity with her.
But if they react strongly to any of the SPT spots, it won't be pleasant. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]

Posted on: Wed, 03/01/2006 - 4:44am
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My daughter had the testing done at 12 months. She did cry but it wasn't terrible by any means. They were very quick with the tests and she stopped crying within a minute or two. The harder part was waiting for the results. She was very reactive to the testing and was very itchy. It was hard to keep her little hands off her back! As soon as the dr. read the results they gave her an antihistamine which helped. I would not worry about it too much!

Posted on: Wed, 03/01/2006 - 4:47am
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Thanks. I feel a little better now. I just hate that my baby has to go through all this. I wish I could take his place.

Posted on: Wed, 03/01/2006 - 5:09am
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Quote:Originally posted by momto1son:
[b]Thanks. I just hate that my baby has to go through all this. I wish I could take his place. [/b]
I feel the exact same way. It breaks my heart.

Posted on: Wed, 03/01/2006 - 1:44am
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Hi momto1son,
I am an adult - perhaps it feels different for a baby, but I didn't consider it painful at all. Uncomfortable, perhaps.
The allergen is put on the skin then it is 'pricked'. You feel pin pricks - some a little 'sharper' than others depending on the nurse. The worse part is the itching when you have a reaction to an allergen and to the test patch.
The itching can be pretty intense - and they leave you itching for 15-20 minutes while you 'react'. I'd suggest bringing something to distract your baby. Toys, a book, or whatever.

Posted on: Wed, 03/01/2006 - 1:49am
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I had mine done when i was 8. Yes I was much older but i have EXTREMLY sensitive skin, both due to how my skin is and how my brain works (I have dyspraxia, and my sensory experience is much more intense than normal people) and i didn't have a problem with it, the needles dont hurt, they tickle! (but i think this depends on alligist, ours was the top one in the country apparently, but he died of a brain tumor) the worst bit is the itching!

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