Q8: What will happen on the day of the food challenge?

We request that no antihistamines are given to your child for at least 48 hours prior to the allergy food challenge. Your child should also be clinically well on the day. If your child is unwell (or you are unsure) or has had to take antihistamines within 48 hours of the challenge, please call 9411 8888 to reschedule as soon as possible. On arrival, your child will be assessed and a skin prick test will be performed to the food to be challenged. The small amount of the food to be challenged will then be offered to your child in gradually increasing amounts to be given every 15-20 minutes. Your child will be closely monitored by our medical and nursing staff throughout the process for an allergic reaction. After the final dose, your child will be observed for a further 1-2 hours before being discharged.