If you think your child has an allergy or has allergy symptoms it’s important to see your doctor and ask if your child needs an allergy test.

Allergy tests, both blood and skin prick, are available for free on the NHS throughout the UK and can be done for any age individual, including young children.

Book an appointment to speak to the GP and before visiting, check out our Meeting your GP page for some advice on how to prepare and what to expect.

Allergy symptoms are often more severe in asthma sufferers like Haydn. If your child has asthma and is found to have a food allergy they should get referred to a specialist. (NICE)

Avoid buying commercially available allergy tests, including those available on the internet, because they are not reliable or accurate.


[NICE] National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence. Food allergy in children and young people (CG116). 2011. London: National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence.

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