Food Allergy Awareness: Routine Food Allergy Testing

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There is not enough evidence to recommend routine food allergy testing before introducing highly allergenic foods (such as milk, egg, and peanut) to children who are at a high risk of reacting to these foods. Children at high risk are those who already have severe allergic disease or a family history of food allergy.


Source: NIH Publication, Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Food Allergy in the United States: Summary for Patients, Families, and Caregivers.

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Thanks MonsterMom  Yes, I guess the part that's missing is what will we do if she DOES test positive to a food?  As you said, i suppose an office challenge is in the works.  Going to definitely ask the allergist!

What I get from that is that the testing itself could be false and not worth it. however if a child is at risk, there are other safe methods to introduce those foods, like an in office challenge.

Thanks for this info, but this is frustrating. My allergist wants to re-test (skin test) my daughter at 10 months before we begin introducing the top 8. Isn't it better to test rather than potentially have an at-home reaction to something that might have shown up on the skin test?

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