What is the earliest age a child can be tested for food allergies?
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Pediatrics 38 years experience
It depends: Some food allergies can be obvious in the first few months, if a baby reacts to a certain type of formula or new baby food. If this occurs (with vomiting, rash, or diarrhea), notify your doctor. Others may take longer to develop and may require blood tests or skin tests at a later age to identify them specifically.
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Pediatrics 42 years experience
FOOD ALLERGY (FA) In: Infant ; children: most common-1st. 2 yrs, 90% from cows milk, egg, peanut, soy, wheat, shelfish, citrus fruit, strawberry, tomato. Cows milk in nursing mother's diet can cause allergic proctocolitis in infant. Most fa resolves in 3-5 yr except shellfish, pea/tree nuts till adulthood. Common test now: feia. Skin / rast test.
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Allergy and Immunology 44 years experience
By 6 months of age!: Ige allergy antibodies do not cross the placenta so when present are the infant's not the mother's. But the presence of allergy antibodies on skin or in blood is not the same thing as a clinical allergic reaction. False positives are common - especially true when eczema is present. This is one area where an experienced board-certified allergist can be uniquely helpful. Be wary of igg allergy tests.
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A 29-year-old member asked:
How do I get tested for food allergies?
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Dr. Anthony LaBarberaanswered
Pediatrics 28 years experience
Two ways: Skin testing may be performed by an allergist. Or blood work may be ordered by your doctor.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
What are symptoms of food allergies in a child?
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Allergy and Immunology 28 years experience
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Can a child outgrow a food allergy?
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Family Medicine 33 years experience
Yes: Yes they can out grow allergies. However, you should be very careful about any allergy they have had a significant reaction too such as shortness of breat or anaphylaxis. Additionally peanut allergies tend not to be one that children grow out of.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
What to do if my child has severe food allergies?
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Pediatrics 46 years experience
Discover, avoid : Food allergies vary in their intensity. If you are allergic, your body reacts to it in various ways.Skin tests can be positive and the blood can show elevated antibody levels. Elevated ige is important and means a major reaction is possible.Those foods must be avoided.If skin tests show some reaction but ige levels are low, the food may be tolerated. Discuss which foods to avoid with your allerg.
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