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If an IgE mediated food allergy is suspected, children should be offered a blood test or a skin prick test. Children should not be offered a test called an atopy patch test or an "oral food Longchamp Le Pliage Small Tote Long Handle challenge" without seeing a specialist.
If a food allergy is suspected, doctors should take a detailed clinical history. This involves asking the patient and family specific questions about when symptoms started, how quickly they develop and when they occur. They should also physically examine the child for growth problems and other signs that they may not be getting enough nutrients from food.
What are the tests that should be avoided?
Vega test (which involves measuring electromagnetic conductivity in the body)
Health professionals should always explain the tests for food allergy, covering the possible benefits and risks, and talk to parents and children about which test they would prefer.
of developing a food allergy, such as asthma or eczema. They may also have a parent, brother or sister with a food allergy or allergy related condition.
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skin conditions, such as rash or eczema
These tests are reported to be available on the high street or the internet. Other alternative tests were assessed, such as the basophil activation test, but it was not clear whether these tests are available on the high street or internet.
The advice sets out a detailed "care pathway" for health professionals to follow when dealing with a possible food allergy. A food allergy should be considered as a possibility if a child has one or more of the following signs and symptoms:
NICE says that it could not identify any evidence that the tests worked. As such, the guideline development group agreed that these tests were not appropriate for diagnosing food allergies.
allergy tests are appropriate and, if so, which test is suitable.
The purpose of these guidelines is to help GPs, nurses and other health professionals working in the community to identify and treat food allergies in children. They contain detailed guidance on the steps to follow when making a diagnosis and how to decide whether a child should be offered allergy testing.
digestive problems, such as nausea or constipation
Tests for food allergies should only be undertaken by health professionals with "appropriate competencies" and in certain cases only by specialists.
When a food allergy is suspected, health professionals should give parents adequate information about food allergies. If possible, the child should also be able to understand this information.
Hair analysis and
How do the new guidelines affect my child or me?
What else does NICE advise for children with allergies?
If a non IgE mediated food allergy is suspected, health professionals should discuss with parents the avoidance of the possible food allergen for a trial period (known as an elimination Mont Blanc Nib
Professionals should not use "alternative" diagnostic tests for food allergies.
The guidelines also say that care for children with suspected food allergies should be "patient centred" and that children, their parents and carers should be involved in discussions and make decisions about their care. For example:
The tests not recommended by NICE are:
Food allergies should also be considered in children who have not responded to treatment for atopic eczema or certain digestive symptoms such as chronic constipation, and who have not responded to treatment.
Serum specific IgG tests.
The Guardian reports that "alternative tests for children's food allergies such as hair analysis or muscle weakness must be avoided because there is little evidence they work." The advice comes from new guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) and were reported widely in the media, which mainly concentrated on the warning against alternative allergy testing.
As reported, the new guidelines also warn against the use of "alternative" test kits, available online and in some shops. NICE says there is little evidence that these work, some can leave children at risk of malnutrition from restricted diets, and that they are a waste of time and money. These tests include applied kinesiology, the Vega test and hair analysis.
respiratory complaints, such as shortness of breath or sneezing
Applied kinesiology (a process based on muscle testing),
The advice covers children and young people up to the age of 19 who have symptoms or signs that could suggest a food allergy. It also focusses on children and young people who have conditions that put them at greater risk Mont Blanc Pens White
anaphylaxis, a rare and severe hyper reaction
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