Ever since I found out that Landon needed to do an egg food challenge and that it would take 3 to 4 hours, I have been dreading this day. Poor Landon has been dreading today too, and told me he’d rather just be allergic to eggs than sit at the doctor’s office for that many hours.
But, the good news is, we did it and everything went perfectly and he can now enjoy eggs. If he chooses to anyways.
- Meet with doctor. She checked his skin (because his food allergies agitate is eczema) and listened to his chest. She said she heard a bit of a wheeze, so she wanted him to do a computerized breathing test and another skin allergy test before starting the egg challenge. Just in case. He passed the breathing test with flying colors, so we did another scratch test, which came back negative. Phew…
- I was told to either bring a hard boiled egg or scrambled egg for him to eat. I brought both, but he chose to eat the hard boiled egg. So, she cut it into pieces and he had to eat one piece at first, and then wait 15 minutes. Once the 15 minutes was up we headed back for 2 bites…and then another 15 minutes. So every 15 minutes the egg amount doubles, followed by a 15 minute period, until we are out of egg. After the last of it he has to sit in the office for an hour to make sure he didn’t have any reaction.
- Luckily for us he never had any kind of reaction. After 3 1/2 hours in the doc’s office we were both really hungry and ready to get the heck out of there! I am thrilled that we no longer have to worry about him eating eggs…and I think he’s relieved too.
There were a couple other kids having food challenges as well, so it made the wait a bit more interesting since they were all able to play their DS’s together. The other two kids were doing a milk challenge, and they both passed with flying colors as well….no one even threw up, which we were all very thankful for!