Any advice on allergy testing??

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My daughter is almost 2. We have known she was allergic to milk since she was about six months. We have recently figured out that she is also allergic to peanuts. I'm worried she may have other allergies too because she will occasionally get "mystery" hives and we can't figure out why. What is the procedure like for getting your kids allergy tested? I'd like to know all her allergies but I was allergy tested as a teenager and it was quite painful. I don't want to put her through that so I'm hoping the procedure is different for little kids. Can anyone tell me? Thanks!

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Janelle - posted on 05/27/2010

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my son had allergy testing done when he was 1.5 and it was painless.its nothing like it used to be back a few years ago with all the needles.They basically stamped his back with a giant(well eight squares) plastic grid of squares.Then wait a few moments then measure each bump if any.Then they gave him allergy meds and off on his way.Not a problem at all.He is now almost 4 and doing great.

Latoya - posted on 05/25/2010

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My son is 6 and I had him tested for allergies b/c every spring he gets a rash on his face. This year his whole face swelled and his eyes were almost closed. He had to get an epipen shot and they put him on steroids for the swelling. I took him to his doctor to get tested and they took a tube of blood. I found out he's allergic to pollen, grass and all the trees. I guess every state has their own way of testing. I'm glad I now know what he's allergic to. I still have to take his epipen with me but I also have him on zyrtec.

Tiffany - posted on 05/25/2010

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I have 2 small children that have allergies. My 3 year old daughter is severly allergic to peanuts/tree nuts, so if you think your daughter is I would definately get her tested because my daughter has to have epi pens with her wherever she goes...so scary. You need to be prepared if she is. My daughter is also allergies to eggs, soy, outdoor allergies. I just got my 18 month old son tested and he is allergic to milk, eggs. They do the testing different now. It takes like 2 minutes to test them for approximately 20 differnt things. They have strips and just put them against their back and it is just like a little scratch. My kids didnt cry at all. So good luck and hopefully you can get her tested!!

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