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 Post subject: First allergy tests!
PostPosted: Thu Jun 05, 2008 12:02 pm 

Joined: Mon Jul 03, 2006 8:23 pm
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Today, I brought my dd to the allergist's for a consult and some basic skin prick testing. He didn't want to expose her to peanut, sesame, or tree nuts today, but he wanted to test for some of the common foods we'll be introducing her to within the next few months. He tested for: Eggs, wheat, milk, soy, peach, and blueberry.

All of the tests were negative!

Of course, this isn't definitive, but the allergist was very optimistic about it. He told us to introduce new foods carefully, as we have been, and if we really want to be on the safe side, when we introduce any of the 'big 9' foods, we can do so downtown, close to a hospital if we feel like it. (Apparently, this is becoming a common practice.)

I'm cautiously optimistic about this. :)

I just wish I'd remembered to ask him to test for banana and oats.

Last edited by Andrea_MASG on Wed Sep 24, 2008 8:04 pm, edited 1 time in total.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 05, 2008 12:43 pm 

Joined: Fri Sep 21, 2007 3:03 pm
Posts: 180
Location: Montreal, QC
That's great!!! :)

When you say people go downtown to try new foods, do you mean they go and, for example, try a sesame bagel in the hospital's lobby or nearby just in case? I didn't think people would do that... but now that I think of it, it's not such a bad idea! ;)

Me - Kim - No allergies
DH Ben - 31 - Allergic to nuts and peanuts, lots of environmental allergies.
DD Anne - 4 - Asthma. Allergic to dairy, eggs, mustard, kiwi, peanuts, wheat and barley... for now...
DS Francois - 1 - No allergies so far...

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 05, 2008 12:48 pm 

Joined: Mon Jul 03, 2006 8:23 pm
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Yes, it's become more common to do exactly that. Not that I'm recommending it, but it's not uncommon for parents I know to 'test' new highly allergenic foods nearby, though not in the hospital itself. (That would be cluttering up space reserved for patients.) My husband mentioned a recent article about this in a Canadian newspaper.

Edited to add: Here it is: ... amily/home

The article labels this as 'paranoid', but I found it interesting that my dd's allergist suggested it himself. Probably because of the family history of anaphylaxis. I'm of two minds about it. I don't think it's a good idea to associate food with fear. On the other hand, parents have to do what makes them feel most comfortable.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 05, 2008 9:02 pm 
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Joined: Tue Mar 22, 2005 11:17 pm
Posts: 6583
Location: Ottawa
I'm so glad for you that your little one is testing negative so far.
Lets keep hoping she doesn't develop any.
We have been told not to even think about introducing a legeume without first doing a skin prick test.

Daughter: asthma, allergies to egg, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, most legumes (not soy and green beans) & penicillin. Developing hayfever type allergies.
Husband: no allergies
Me: Oral Allergy Syndrome, Allergic to Birch trees

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