Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: April | 2008/09/16

Q.

Allergy

Hi doctor,

My 5 month old has an allergy of some sort (snotty nose, itchy eyes, etc) From reading your responses I knew to insist on a test to find out EXACTLY what he' s allergic to. The paed has just called me to say that even though his allergy count is higher than it should be, all tests came back negative. I.e. he' s not allergic to anything. How is that possible? Or have they just not tested for everything? I just wanted to check your opinion before I call him back. (So that I don' t sound like an idiot!) It would make sense to me that if his allergy count is higher than usual, he HAS to be allergic to something and they should test until they find it, right? He' s not sleeping well and I am not willing to give him any medicine until we know what we' re treating. Am I right or being silly??

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

You are completely correct. If your baby has been shown to have an allergic tendency then he must be allergic to something. At his age this is usually cow's milk or if he has started on solid foods wheat is often the cause. If you have a cat at home this is the only other likely suspect. The best way to test for these allergies is by skin tests.

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