Diagnosing a food allergy starts at home. Eating an allergenic food is the first and most important allergy test. Allergy testing is not always the best option because it has a very high rate of false positives. Over 50% of positive tests are not correct, and if that leads a parent to avoid giving allergens, then that can lead to a true food allergy. The only time allergy tests should be pursued is if your child already has a history of symptoms associated with introducing allergens at home.
We know it sounds scary to feed your baby allergenic foods but rest assured that starting earlier is safer. In fact, allergic reactions are much less severe in babies than in children and adults, and there has never been a fatal allergic reaction in infants under the age of one year. Ready, Set, Food! makes it safe to introduce allergens to your baby at home, per the new medical guidelines.
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