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how can i have my 19 month old toddler tested for food intolerances?

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Dr. Jerry Casale
37 years experience Pediatrics
Bloodtest: At this age skin testing is not reliable, blood tests are a little better however they still are not very exact especially if ur talking sensitivity vs allergy. Skin testing is more exact when they are a little older and the immune system is stronger.
Answered on Apr 25, 2016
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Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Trial and error: While blood and skin tests are available to confirm food allergies, most food intolerance is found by trial and error. Lactose, a common food intolerance, can be confirmed by testing, but simply noting a change to bloating,gas and watery diarrhea on it is adequate evidence for most.Red dye#40 is another common intolerance.So reading labels and selective food elimination can help track these down.
Answered on Nov 10, 2015
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
49 years experience Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
An elimination diet can be tricky, since you really should keep all products which contain the suspected offending food out of the diet for 2 months. If symptoms abate, most parents won't put the food back into the diet just to document its effect. If the child is otherwise healthy, with normal growth & development, an elimination diet under medical supervision sure beats invasive GI procedures.
Nov 10, 2015

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