Q5: Why should my child have an allergy assessment and skin prick test at North Shore Paediatric Allergy Centre?

North Shore Paediatric Allergy Centre is a dedicated purpose-built clinic for children with allergies. Our staff are highly trained to help children and perform skin prick testing on children. At our clinic, we use a needleless system where the allergen droplet and “prick” is administered simultaneously. This technique is quicker and results in less discomfort, compared with the traditional method. As allergies are complex and vary from child to child, we do not perform standard “panels” of allergy tests. Instead, a thorough history and examination is obtained before individualized skin prick testing to specific allergens (where necessary) is performed on each child. Your doctor will then explain to you the test result and the implications of this test result. Each patient receives a printed report of the allergy test to keep as a personal record.