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3 Steps to Prepare for Allergy Testing  for a Toddler

3 Steps to Prepare for Allergy Testing

Bailey has not slept through the night for more than 3 times over the last year.  Poor girl wakes up almost every night scratching.  As soon as she comes into our bed she asleep almost before her head hits the pillow.  After months of waiting for the creams to work we finally decided that it was time to go to the allergist.  I had not really thought much about the appointment until I spoke to my friend who had been through it with both of her sons.  I am so happy she gave me the heads up.   Our appointment lasted almost 3 hours.  I don’t think this is normal.  Fortunatly they had  a toy room and a water fountain, which was more entertaining than the toys.   Below are the three things I am glad I did to prepare.   1. Bring a special treat – The day before the appointment I sat down with Bailey and told her about the appointment and that she may get an ouchy.  We went to Publix so that she could pick out her treat.  She selected M&Ms and lolly pops.  My original plan was for her to have the treat at the end of the appointment, but since it was three hours I broke down and gave her a lolly pop right before the test.   2. Bring a distraction –  The allergy test lasts 15 minutes.  Like many kids Bailey has a total obsession with Frozen.  I made sure the phone was fully charged.  The movie was the ideal distraction and we set the timer on the phone as well which was helpful when she asked how much longer with tears in her eyes.  3. Family History – I don’t know if it is because I have not been to a new doctor with Bailey since she was born or because the forms are generally used by adults but they were the most comprehensive medical forms I have filled out yet.   At the end of the test we found out that Bailey is allergic to a couple of things.   Best of luck.

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