preparing for skin testing

Posted on: Mon, 09/27/2004 - 8:20am
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Maya is going for allergy testing for the first time tomorrow. I haven't had her tested thus far because it was obvious that she's PA, but now she's developing some environmental allergies...we think grass, and dogs...and she has also been having mystery reactions to things like pickles and salad dressing, and she complains of stomachaches much more often than I think she should.

She's 4 years old, and I want to make it as painless as possible. Any suggestions? How itchy is she going to be if she reacts to multiple allergens? Do the skin pricks hurt? Any tried and true distraction tips?

I feel horrible for subjecting her to this...when I made the appointment, they said to expect to be there over 2 hours...how should I expect this appointment to go?

Thanks for any help...

Kristen

Posted on: Mon, 09/27/2004 - 9:44am
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I am not going to tell you that it doesn't hurt and isn't a great experience for your dd, BUT what choice do you have? I had my dd tested at age 3 and 4 and it wasn;t pleasant.
Some places do it on your arm, but I found that most pediatrics like to do it on a child's back!
My dd was very itchy and in fact, her PA/TN reactions were so big and worrisome that they actually gave her Epi. in the office and Zyrtec so she would not get any worse. She was not have a reaction- he just wanted to stop her from reacting!
I would try to tell her ahead of time, hold her tight- the good news is that they do it all at once- one prick for everything!
Promise her a treat or something special after!
Hope this doesn't scare you- she has forgoytten it now!

Posted on: Mon, 09/27/2004 - 10:54am
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My son's allergist decorated the "skin pricker" (sorry, don't know what else to call it LOL) to look like a spider (the plastic tester has eight testers on it, so it looks like legs). She was so good with him, showed him how it tickles, let him touch it and pretended to crawl across his arm. She did the tests on his back, that way he couldn't reach them to scratch the sites.
He didn't even flinch when the tests were being done. The site for peanuts EXPLODED across his back, HUGE welt. They gave him Benadryl and adrenaline right there in the office, and he was fine.
While you are waiting for the tests to finish, bring things that she likes to occupy her, so she doesn't get the urge to try to scratch them.
I agree with Gwen, be honest and tell her what will happen. The doctor suggested that he hug me while the tests were done, and that seemed to work, and keep him still. I took my son for an ice cream treat afterwards!
Best of luck tomorrow!
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Michelle
Mom to Timmy, 5 yrs, PA
DD 7 1/2 yrs NKA
DS 3 yrs NKA

Posted on: Mon, 09/27/2004 - 11:26am
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If your child`s arm is fairly small which it probably is at that age, they do it on the back. Dd got tested somewhere around a year, again at 2 1/2, again at 5. She had a huge reaction to peanuts and egg, and they put a steriod cream on the big red area, and it was gone pretty fast. At 2 1/2 and 5, I brought a wrapped present to the allergist`s office and gave it to her as soon as he was done. I told her if she held still she would get a present.

Posted on: Tue, 09/28/2004 - 11:54pm
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Well, Maya had the testing yesterday afternoon...she was such a trooper!!!! The nurse was astonished at how well behaved she was during the whole thing; she said most kids cry and put up a fuss. I'm so glad she didn't fuss at all...I felt bad because I spent most of the time chasing after my 10month old.
Maya tested very postive to dust and dust mites, and slightly to the tree, grass, and mold mixtures. She tested negative to walnuts, pecans, cashews and almonds!!!! The allergist said to continue to avoid them for the next year or two to decrease the chance she'll develop an allergy to them. He also tested for wheat, milk and egg white and she tested negative to those as well.
we have no idea what the mystery reactions are from...the allergist said that it's probably an irritation from certain foods and not an allergy, but that they can't test for preservatives. He said if a preservative is the cuplrit the only thing we can do is write down the ingredients to what she reacts to and then look for a common ingredient.
I am so proud of her...she lay down and hugged her blue puppy while the testing was done, and while we waited for the results she ate a couple of lollipops. Her face got a litttle red and puffy after the testing was done and she complained that she had a scratchy throat...but the allegist said she sounde completely clear. the symptoms went away by the time we left the office.
I am so glad this is over, thanks for all the advice...it really helped me to know what to expect.
kristen [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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