As part of our specialist paediatric allergy service we offer private food allergy challenges in London. We accept insured and self-pay patients for food allergy challenges.
A food challenge is a test carried out in hospital to see if your child is able to eat a certain food. Your child may have a food challenge if other allergy tests have not given us a clear answer about whether they have an allergy or not.
Our food allergy challenges are conducting in three parts:
Food challenges are a safe way to find out if your child is able to eat a food. If they have a food challenge and it is positive, we would advise to avoid the food, issue emergency medications in case of a reaction and start a treatment plan.
This treatment is used to make your family’s life easier by making eating outside the family home easier, reducing the time you spend checking labels helping parents with the worry that their child may have an allergic reaction. Throughout the course we will help you recognise the signs of an allergic reaction and how to treat it.
Your child might have an allergic reaction during the test, which is why it is carried out in hospital.
Symptoms of an allergic reaction might include:
If your child does have an allergic reaction, they will not eat any more of the food and will be given medicine to stop it. Our specialist team will be on hand to monitor and ensure your child’s safety.