Saturday, January 26, 2008

More Allergy Tests

After our last allergy tests, the doctor recommended that we make an appointment again for a challenge test. That meant we had to go back to the clinic so the boy can start eating some of the foods he is allergic to in a controlled environment. So, yesterday, we went back to the doctor's offices. We brought our own hazelnut spread sandwich and hard boiled eggs, the two foods that he had a low enough reaction to the first time which would be safe enough to eat. How the test works, the doctor explained, was that we would progressively give the boy larger amounts of both foods until there is a reaction. If there was, at least we were already at the doctor's so there would be no problem with treating him if it came down to that.

The good news is that he did not have any allergic reactions to the hazelnut and eggs. But it did take us over a couple of hours to get through the food so we basically stayed at the doctor's offices the whole afternoon. So from here on out, the doctor suggests that we actually give him hazelnut or Nutella sandwiches and well cooked eggs at least once a week to keep on desensitizing him to the food.

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