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A food challenge is a great tool to diagnose and manage kids with food allergies.
Before making an appointment, it's good to know the reasons why your child may need a food challenge test.
In a food challenge, a doctor at the Food Allergy Center will:
By the end of the day, your child will need to ingest a serving size of the food in question.
A team of doctors and nurses skilled in managing allergic reactions will care for your child.
Treatments we may give your child for an allergic reaction during a food challenge may include:
In very rare cases, the team might take your child to the emergency department or admit him or her to the hospital for further observation.
During a food challenge, we're asking your child to eat a food that you had him or her avoid.
You can ease your child's fear by letting him or her know it's safe to eat the food in this food challenge setting. As a caregiver, you can help by encouraging and comforting your child.
It's crucial to conduct food challenges in a controlled setting.
The Food Allergy Center at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, offers food challenges in our outpatient allergy/immunology clinic, on the third floor of the hospital.
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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