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Allergist Video: How to Prepare for an Oral Food Challenge

Allergists are starting to recommend more oral food challenges for kids with food allergies. 

And allergy moms are asking what an oral challenge is and if it’s a good idea. 

So we asked the allergist about oral food challenges and how to prepare for them.

I know you’ll find this as helpful as I did. See our video below!


This information is for educational purposes only.

Follow your own doctor’s instructions for managing food allergies.

Food allergy mom, 

I know the thought of an oral food challenge can be quite overwhelming. 

On one hand, it’s exciting that your allergist thinks your kiddo qualifies for such a test. 

But on the other hand, how in the world can your child safely try the food allergen you’ve been avoiding at all costs for so long. 

This can be a huge mental and emotional battle so let’s chat. 

In the past 12 years, our family has done many oral challenges with two kids.

I can’t even count them all. 

Some passes.

Some fails.

But no epi’s, thank goodness.

And you are right, they were never easy…at least not for mama. 

But if you can work through the stress and anxiety, 

oftentimes this is just what you need to open big doors in your food allergy world. 

Because as you will learn in this video, allergists shouldn’t recommend them unless a pass is highly likely. 

If you don’t pass, your board certified allergist should be there to walk you through any hiccups. 

Being as prepared as possible and knowing more information can often get us moms over that hump of fear. 

So below I have linked a video interview with one of our allergists to explain more about oral food challenges. 

In addition, Milk Allergy Mom Members, we have an Oral Food Challenge Preparation Check List in our member library for you.

Be sure to print the check list for your food allergy binder.

If you’re like me, you may go through many oral food challenges on this journey, and you’ll want the peace-of-mind that comes from being prepared.

We hope this video helps you take steps closer to potential food allergy freedom. 

Not a MAM Member yet? Hop in here for the best help, hope, and fun you deserve on this allergy adventure.

Learn more about Dr. Siri here, and watch our video below!

I think you will learn something new today.


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Wednesday 8th of January 2020

When my son was only an infant (5 months), we were visiting my mother, who lived in a different city. While there, I spoon fed the baby mashed ripe banana, one of his first solid foods. He seemed to enjoy every bite until he suddenly started projectile vomiting. As I held him in my arms, his tiny body seemed wracked with spasms or convulsions! Then his eyes closed and he went limp. That was probably the worst moment of my life. I thought my baby had died, and I was frantically calling 911. The person in emergency asked me if my baby was breathing, and I truly didn’t know. It’s hard to tell if an infant is breathing or not! But thank God, I determined he was breathing lightly and soon, while still on the phone with emergency, his eyes opened. After that I called his allergist (we had already seen an allergist since my baby, who is adopted, couldn’t tolerate the formulas we tried). The doctor said my baby must have had an anaphylactic reaction to bananas, which caused a sudden drop in blood pressure. That was the reason he lost consciousness. Needless to say, he never ate banana again. Once, when he was 2, he put a peeled banana (left on the kitchen table by his father) to his mouth, but didn’t bite any of it. Still, minutes later his lips were puffy and swollen so large that at first I thought he was holding something in his mouth! There was nothing at all in his mouth: his lips were enlarged several times their normal size and protruding freakishly. Because bananas are related to rubber plants, my son was also cautioned against using latex. My son is now 22 years old. He is still allergic to dairy, peanuts, tree nuts (except almonds, which are stone fruits) and, we presume, bananas, though he hasn’t been tested in years. He also has IBS and thinks several veggies (turnip greens, most beans, corn) and some fruits (cantaloupe, honeydew, mango, and more) “tear up” his stomach. He is extremely thin and has frequent stomach cramps. Could he have other food allergies that we still haven’t determined? Would it be safe for him to ever challenge banana, perhaps in the doctor’s office? He has never avoided wheat and does not have Crohn’s disease, but should he try a gluten-free diet? My son used to have at least 12 food allergies as a small child, but he has outgrown several—we think. He hasn’t had any allergy tests in 5 years so would testing at this time be recommended? Thank you for your advice,

Jamie Kaufmann

Tuesday 4th of February 2020

Kate, testing would be a great idea! Especially with a good allergist. :)

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