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#1 of 4 Old 11-03-2003, 05:35 PM - Thread Starter
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I was just recently referred to a pediatric allergist for my dd who, at the time of the appointment, will be 17 months. Does anyone know what I might expect? The person I spoke to earlier mentioned doing skin testing (scratch testing) at the appointment...I was a little surprised. I didn't think they did that to babes.

Does anyone have any experience with this? Is it effective with children this age? Any advice.

I appreciate your help.

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#2 of 4 Old 11-03-2003, 06:07 PM
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Ask about a new blood test. I can't remember what it is called, but could look it up. My dd had that done and they could test for a whole list of food allergies with one small blood sample. They can also test for animal/airborne, etc. allergens as well. It is a blood draw, but I guess since my kids do okay with blood draws I'd rather do that than a scratch test. The first time I took my dd in to the allergist she was 18 months. He was such a jerk about her not being vaccinated that we really didn't even finish the appt. She was 5 when we did the blood test (a few months back). Her doc (a GP) told me about this new blood test, so we did it. No allergies, but still strange digestive stuff going on.
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How about NAET treatment??
It's a great, non-invasive effective way to assess and treat all kinds of allergies in infants, children, and adults.
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From the NAET website:

"Nambudripad's Allergy Elimination Techniques, also known as NAET, are a non-invasive, drug free, natural solution to eliminate allergies of all types and intensities using a blend of selective energy balancing, testing and treatment procedures from acupuncture/acupressure, allopathy, chiropractic, nutritional, and kinesiological disciplines of medicine. One allergen is treated at a time. If you are not severely immune deficient, you may need just one treatment to desensitize one allergen. A person with mild to moderate amount of allergies may take about 15-20 office visits to desensitize 15-20 food and environmental allergens. Basic essential nutrients are treated during the first few visits. Chemicals, environmental allergens, vaccinations, immunizations, etc. are treated after completing about ten basic essential nutrients. NAET can successfully eliminate adverse reactions to egg, milk, peanuts, penicillin, aspirin, mushrooms, shellfish, latex, grass, ragweed, flowers, perfume, animal dander, animal epithelial, make-up, chemicals, cigarette smoke, pathogens, heat, cold, other environmental agents. NAET was discovered by Dr. Devi S. Nambudripad in November of 1983. "
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I would be hesitant to do a scratch test on a small person. Besides the fact that it may be difficult & uncomfortable, they can be innaccurate & unable to predict up to 50% of food allergies.

I agree that a good NAET practitioner or anyone who is really skilled at kinesiology will be able to discover all allergies.
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