is 2 to young to get an allergy test done???

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Kenny - posted on 01/13/2014

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My son is scheduled for an allergy testing. He is 2 yrs old with breathing problems leading to severe asthma whenever he becomes ill. Physician rules some kind of allergy and therefore we are ready to find out what it is. I know it's gonna be tough on him but having him live with a condition for years more vs getting it done now and finding out the root problem it's well worth it.

Amanda - posted on 04/21/2010

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i suppose it would depend on what the testing is for, and the nature of the test itself. When i was 7 i had testing done that involved small amounts of potential allergens 'planted' just under the skin of my arm with a needle. 30 of them in little rows on the same arm! it was horrible! it was found i did have many allergies but it was very traumatic. i can't imagine how a 2 yr old would handle a similar test......

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Caitlin - posted on 04/27/2010

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My daughter was tested at 4 months by blood test, at 9 months by blood test and 1 year with the little scratches on her arm.. It's not fun, I wouldn't suggest going straight to the allergy tests.. The onyl reason she had so many tests done is because she has anaphylactic reactions to dairy, egg, peanuts and beef, and other more mild allergies to many other things. They are not fun, and not easy on a young child (the test that is).

Jennifer - posted on 04/23/2010

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We found out that my youngest daughter is allergic to smoke and we always keep Zyrtec and a generic form of Benadryl on hand. We have found that the Zyrtec taken either daily or within 20 mins of being around the smoke has worked wonderfully. Our Dr. recommended that we don't test her just yet and I believe its because its an ordeal that would not be a good experience for her. Trying the Zyrtec and a diary might help pinpoint the problem. Hope you find something that works for you soon.

Bethany - posted on 04/21/2010

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My son has allergic bumps on his arms and legs..they come and go but the Zyrtec has really helped. When I talked to my allergist (because I have allergies too) he told me to keep a diary too. I'm happy to say that my son is doing really well and I make sure that he stays away from stuff that aggrivates the allergies.

Morgan - posted on 04/21/2010

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Yeah we had to take my daughter to the emergency for hives. they wanted us refered to an allergist but we went to our pediatrician and he said unless she was having breathing problems there was no need. He said to keep a diary and when she had a reaction like hives to look back and see what was different from the last few days and to always have benadryl or something like that for the hives and itching. Cause really unless they are at risk of throat closing and unable to breath it is not a huge deal hives are easily taken care of.

Bethany - posted on 04/21/2010

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Marie...if he's coughing and sneezeing and always stuffed..then my recommendation would be to talk to your DR about getting CHILDREN'S Zrytec. My son takes 5ML daily and it's amazing it's totally turned him around. As for allergy testing unless there is a breathing problem or severe wheezing most good DR's won't allergy test..simply because it's tooo hard on a 2 year.

Marie - posted on 04/21/2010

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Well he is always congested and sick, he has no sever problems or anything going on. But I can't keep him healthy. We moved into a new apartment last year and he's been sick constantly since then, we had to get the carpets replaced and I think its a dust, mold, pollen, type of thing. I don't want him to suffer from anything trautmatic like that hes miserable enough always congested I just want to know whats causing it is all.

We went on vacation and he had an ear infection so bad i had to keep a paper towel under his ear for 2 days until the draining stopped. He's got tubes so its expected but not that much. He got put on an antibiotic for 10 days. The moment we got back home and the meds were done he was sick again 2 days later. I just don't want him sick anymore.

Louise - posted on 04/21/2010

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No at 2 you can test for allergies but I would suggest if you don't need them doing this young then don't. An allergy test involves putting what you are being tested for onto the arm in liquid form and then the skin being pricked or rubbed to get it into the skin. This can be quite traumatic for a small child. It is not overly painful but can be an ordeal.

Danielle - posted on 04/21/2010

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it is not too young, however, what are you thinking about getting testing done for? Is it seasonal type allergies or food allergies? My son has suffered with allergies since almost day one. We knew it before the doctors even recognized it because I am an allergy sufferer too. His are seasonal/rhinitis type and he even gets severe shiners from them. My son is going to be 6 and I am yet to let the doctors do the full-blown allergy tests on him because I have talked to many moms who have been through it with their kids and from the sounds of it, I think we should wait until he is a bit older to endure it. It sounds very lengthy and uncomfortable. Also, our son was diagnosed with a rare chronic autoimmune this year and he has had to endure over 13 different specialists and all types of medical tests and I didn't want to put him through anything else right now. However, our pediatrician was able to run an allergy blood test (I believe it is called a R.A.S.T.) test- which was just one or two vials of blood drawn. It is not as accurate as the other allergy tests, but less invasive, but it did show us that our son is allergic to pollen/dust/mold and that we are treating his allergies accordingly at this time. Hope this helps.

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