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Joseph and Allergy Tests

February 15, 2012

Currently, all of Joseph’s allergies have been self-diagnosed based on me observing his reactions to food that he eats. I didn’t want to have him tested before he turned one because since we already knew a lot of what he reacted to, it felt like drawing blood or giving him the skin test would not be worth the trauma it would cause in an infant.

When he turned one, we were busy getting ready to move, so I decided to wait on testing until we were settled down in our new place. But once we were settled down, my husband said he didn’t want to have Joseph tested until he was two. That way, he could have more of a chance to grow out of it before it went down on his medical records with proof to back up my statements.

Another reason I’ve waited to get Joseph tested is that testing can do more harm that good. Skin tests are prone to false positives, and blood tests are prone to false negatives. And something I just learned from that article was that the number they get can’t really tell you their chances for growing out of an allergy, or how severe it is. Darn, I’d hoped that a test would give us an idea of if/when Joseph would grow out of his milk allergy.

Still, next month when we seek allergy testing, it will be beneficial to see if he really is reacting to peanuts and tree nuts. I’ve suspected it, but due to the high occurence of anaphylaxis, I’ve not wanted to confirm his reactions by feeding him those again. I’d also like to see what tests say about eggs, because I suspect he reacts to it in low cooked form (scrambled eggs). I’ll report back on the results.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. February 15, 2012 11:58 am

    good luck…we’ve had a ton testing, and while all of it was additional answers, it also created more questions. It did however let me know his for sure IgE reactions!

  2. February 27, 2012 5:15 pm

    I got my daughter tested when she was 7 months and it was my salvation because here in Ireland the GP and public health nurses ALL told me that “babies have eczema” and keeping her moisturized would solve the problem… and it didn’t…
    She wasn’t even sleeping at night, so itchy she was! And they kept saying that it was “normal”…
    So WHen I left Ireland for some months I got her tested (both on the skin and blood) and we found exactly what she was allergic to. I know it doesn’t really say the chances that they have to grow out of it, but at least relieved her (and my) torment! She’s another child, much happier after we stopped feeding her the things was diagnosed.
    Hope the tests bring you some light!
    God bless!

    • February 27, 2012 7:22 pm

      I’m glad testing worked for you. I don’t know what insights we’ll get from the test since my doctors have gone along with my observations so far. But it will be nice to have confirmation. Best of luck to you in keeping up with your daughter’s allergies!

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