Allergy Testing for Dummies

I could have named it, One Out of Three Ain’t Bad. Or, more to the point, how To Survive Allergy Testing with a 4 Year Old.  In the interest of helping others, I shall share.  You’re welcome, in advance.


We recently went in for our yearly allergy testing appointment.  This wasn’t Sweetboy’s first rodeo.  He knew the drill.  Sweetgirl, however, did not.  Oh, no, she most certainly did not! And when she got a load of how it was going to go down, I learned quickly that there were only 3 things that helped me survive those moments between arrival and departure.  And for the record?  I only brought one of them with me.


First, though, for those of you who don’t have to deal with allergies, here is a quick and painless tutorial on why we even do allergy testing.

  • You discover that your child has broken out in hives, a part of their face is swelling, or they are itching the ever-lovin’-tar out of a part of their body right after eating/touching some unknown thing.
  • You’ve heard that Benadryl is a miracle drug for allergies, so you give it.  It helps.  This makes you curious.
  • To your dismay, you discover that your child has this reaction every. Single. Time. he or she eats this thing or comes into contact with it.
  • You call friends who have had experience with allergies and ask, “What in the tarnation do I do now?”.  They tell you to call a Pediatric Allergist, post-haste (quicker than spit).
  • You do.

Let’s proceed to the actual allergy testing appointment, shall we?


After enduring high-pitched screams that very likely rival a dying pig’s final moments (not that I’ve ever heard them, but I can imagine), you begin to see this on the back of your sweet child.  The 8 spots on the right side of her back represent 8 foods (peanuts, soy, milk, wheat, etc.).  The 8 spots on the left represent environmental things (cats, dogs, dust, mold, etc.).



We now know that we are within our legal rights to declare cats as “dead to us”.  (That never stopped us before this, though.  And for some reason, cats love me.  I mean, they love me!  They find me and insist on rubbing up against me as my eyes become runny, bloodshot, orbs the size of golf balls.)


And so, we now arrive at the 3 Things That Saved My Keester:

1)  Dum Dums (Thankfully, I brought 3! All were consumed.  Dentist be darned.)

2) A Hershey Kiss  (I don’t even want to know how that tasted after 3 dum dums.)

3) A very outdated VHS copy of “Fraggle Rock”, courtesy of Allergist’s office staff (People, really?  How in the love of all that’s fit for viewing would I have guessed that THAT is what Sweetgirl would be interested in watching? How, I ask you?!?!)


And there you have it. Not exactly rocket science.  Mostly sheer luck.  Yep, that’s how we roll around here.  That, and a LOT of prayer. Yes indeedy!

11 thoughts on “Allergy Testing for Dummies

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  2. “Down in Fraggle Rock!” We loved that show as kids! 🙂
    We have never done the testing…but we suffer from the allergies. I just pop Benedryl like it’s candy, and stick toothpicks up under my eyelids. Not really on the toothpicks, because OUCH, but…Benedryl is my lifeline. And also prayer, as you mentioned, but the Lord’s blessings come in many forms. Some of them pills. 😉

  3. Oh, your poor kid. I know how bad this feels. My son and I go for allergy shots, have been for over two years. It’s made all the difference in the world for us.

    Best wishes for you and your little one.

  4. Oh I feels your pain, girl. Ya know I do! Yay on no food allergies though! And I’m so with you on the cats. I am so allergic and one day when Rick and I were house hunting (with our allergic realtor–what a trio) there were cats in EVERY house we looked at! This one fat cat followed us around relentlessly until we finally petted her? him? it? because she? he? it? was so stinking cute. And we promptly sneezed our way through the rest of the showings!!!

    • That would be a huge Ix-Nay on the Ous-Hay. That day of showings must have been one barrel of fun! No food allergies feels like THE Hugest. Victory. Ever. 🙂

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