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There are a few reasons why your doctor might refer your child to the Food Allergy Center for a food challenge test.
Food challenges can help us find out if your child:
Your child should have at least a 50 percent chance of passing the challenge.
This is the case for almost all children who have only had a positive skin test but no clinical history of an allergic reaction to the food in the past.
For other children, we base their food allergy risk on:
You may want to discuss your child’s specific risk with your doctor before the food challenge appointment.
Making the decision to do a food challenge should be between your allergy team, your family, and your child.
Some people may prefer to wait until the child is older or has a greater chance of passing the challenge.
Be sure you understand why your doctor recommended a food challenge. If you're unsure, don’t hesitate to ask questions before the challenge date.
It's also important that you feel confident your child will eat the food if he or she isn't allergic.
It's OK to postpone the challenge if your child:
Children's Hospital's main campus is located in the Lawrenceville neighborhood. Our main hospital address is:
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
One Children’s Hospital Way
4401 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
In addition to the main hospital, Children's has many convenient locations in other neighborhoods throughout the greater Pittsburgh region.
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