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What is the earliest age a child can be tested for food allergies?

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Dr. Cheryl Coldwater
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.
Dr. Shah Chowdhury
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.
Dr. Shah Chowdhury
Pediatrics 42 years experience
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#1 treatment of allergy is: Know the allergen, and Avoid.
Dec 7, 2013
Dr. Steven Machtinger
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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How do I get tested for food allergies?

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Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
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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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What are symptoms of food allergies in a child?

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Dr. Paul Williams
Allergy and Immunology 28 years experience
Eczema, anaphylaxis: Food allergies in children can be associated with eczema, or anaphylaxis, a severe allergic reaction that can manifest as hives, throat swelling or trouble breathing.
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Agree, but eczema and anaphylaxis usually occur independently of each other.
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Can a child outgrow a food allergy?

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Dr. Jeffrey Juchau
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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What to do if my child has severe food allergies?

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Dr. James Ferguson
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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