A food challenge procedure is the best way to make sure if your child is or isn’t allergic to a particular food allergen. Your Immunology Specialist will determine if a food challenge test may be helpful for your child after consideration of several factors.
Most commonly a food challenge may be advised when:
Your child has never eaten the food, but has tested positive to skin prick testing to the food item.
Your child has previously had an allergic reaction to the food, but now the skin prick test reaction is lower, and your child may have outgrown their allergy.
Your child may be allergic to fresh milk or whole egg, but could be tolerant to small amounts of baked egg or baked milk in a cake/muffin.
The challenge procedure, cost and risks will be discussed with you during the course of the consultation.