Oliver’s allergy test was, sadly, a rather traumatic experience. We underwent the IgG and IgA tests, where he got his finger pricked and then had to fill 15 1/2″ wide circles with blood from his finger. It took quite a while to fill all of these circles, so he was squirming, fighting, screaming, and crying the entire time. While it broke my heart, I focused on how we were doing this to prevent major food reactions (not to mention, to save money by discontinue buying food items that he’s allergic to). Now that I have the results back, I am so happy that we did that now, rather than later.
Here are his major allergies: casein, cheddar cheese, cottage cheese, mozzarella cheese, cow milk, goat milk, whey, egg, and yogurt.
Here are his minor allergies/sensitivities: Whole wheat, gluten wheat, gliadin wheat, spelt, rye, corn, amaranth, and pineapple.
He is already on a gluten free/casein free diet, so I plan to continue on this route and cut out the rest of his allergies and sensitivities. While I’m sad for Oliver, I am so happy to have this information now. I highly recommend these tests to anyone who is curious whether or not their child has food allergies or sensitivities.
More about the allergy tests that we did:
The IgA (Immunoglobulin A) and the IgG (Immunoglobulin G) tests search for abnormally high amounts of IgA which can detect autoimmune conditions, food allergies, and food sensitivities.The IgA tests for reactions, while the IgG tests for sensitivities. An IgE test will show actual, 100% accurate allergies, but because Oliver is so young and his food allergies can either go away or increase, I decided to wait to undergo the IgE test for when he’s older.