We had an amazing experience at Duke Children's Hospital. We had 1 to 1 nurse care, a nutritionist, and an FPIES specialist. The hardest part of the challenge was accepting we had to have an IV put in for precautionary measures. Luckily, the numbing cream they used prevented him from feeling the IV so there were no tears (just looks of worry). We knew going in that sweet potatoes, squash, and oats were trigger foods for our son. We decided to test for poultry instead of veggies. We brought a portable DVD player, small toys, and books to keep our little one occupied. Although we've been cleared for poultry, he still primarily lives off of fruit. At 16 months, we just recently switched to cows milk from formula. His oral skills (chewing, swallowing, etc.) have started to catch up but he is still limited in diet and what he is willing to eat. Best of luck!

Hello, we just brought our 1yo daughter to the hospital last Monday for a cow's milk challenge. I was very afraid of this test, but she passed it, so it is a wonderful ending and surpassing this fear and anxiety was worth it! It was an outpatient way, we went in the morning, (no eating since midnight, that was hard!),worst part was the iv line (very hard to find), but with numbing cream it was a little bit better. They made blood tests before and 6h after drinking the milk, to see if there was a sign of reaction. Then they gave her a bottle of cow's milk to drink, and then started the waiting...long... And she could not walk or move because of the iv line... So take good toys, books!!!she didn't react, we went home in the evening. Hope everything will be ok for your child too!

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