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Allergy testing is a useful tool that helps an allergist determine what has been triggering one's allergies. Children who are facing this test need to fully understand how it can help them. They may also need assistance when it comes to coping with the allergies that may be diagnosed. Here are some ways to best prepare your child for allergy testing.
Frame the Test in a Positive Light
Be sure to talk about an allergy test as the positive thing that it is. Allergy testing enables doctors to find out what's the matter so that your child's health can be protected. Explain that in simple terms. Talk about how great technology and medical advancements are. You may talk about how easy it is to find out what's wrong now.
Don't Make False Promises
As much as you want to be positive with how you speak to your child about allergy testing, stop short of making false promises. While allergy testing may not be at all painful for your child, promising that isn't a good idea. You can promise that you will be right there, and you may also want to promise that everything will be okay.
Encourage your child to ask questions directly to you. If it's something about the allergies or allergy testing that you don't understand either, you may wish to explain that you don't know the answer yet. Go on to explain that the two of you can find out the answer together through research. You may also want to encourage your child to speak to the allergist directly about specific questions and concerns. Help your child make a list before each appointment.
Offer a Reward
A child who has something to look forward to during allergy testing procedures may be able to cope with their fears more easily. Promise a child something fun that can be done after the testing process. However, be sure to choose something simple that isn't very physically taxing for a child who may be tired after testing. It can be something as simple as going out for a frozen treat. Just make sure it's something out of the ordinary, and it should be an activity or gift that the child places a lot of worth in.
Finally, keep in mind that allergy testing is simply a necessity for kids who suffer with allergies. Even if a child really dislikes the idea and doesn't want to go, ultimately you have to insist that they go through with this test. Once they do, they will likely find that testing is a breeze. They'll also find comfort in knowing that they no longer have to suffer with what the allergies were doing to them before they were tested and treated.
For more information, contact Dino Peds or a similar organization.Share