WHAT IS TESTED FOR IN AN ALCAT PEDIATRIC PANEL?
The ALCAT Pediatric Wellness Sensitivity and Intolerance Panel is a simple blood test that measures the body’s cellular reactivity to 70 items including the foods in the 50 Food Panel and the substances in the 20 Food Additives and Colorings Panel.
AM I REQUIRED TO FAST FOR THIS LAB TEST?
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO GET MY LAB TEST RESULTS?
It takes about 5 business days for your store to receive the printable color results from the lab to provide to you; and in 10 business days ALCAT will mail the store a folder that includes your test results plus more information about the company, and the science behind the test, which you can pick up from your ANY LAB TEST NOW location at your convenience.
Intolerances differ significantly from allergies. Unlike allergies, intolerances may vary from situation to situation, while an allergy always produces the same reaction. Intolerances are caused by the body’s inability to process specific substances and may cause bloating, digestive problems such as gas and/or diarrhea, fatigue, headaches and even hyperactivity in children.
Symptoms may be difficult to link to specific foods, environmental substances or food additives because they may not occur until hours or days later. To complicate the situation, each individual has a different tolerance for specific foods, so even if a child has an intolerance, it may be mild so that a small amount of the food doesn’t cause a reaction until enough of the food is eaten or is consumed consistently over time.
WHY DO I NEED IT?
Is your child experiencing headaches, rashes, chronic digestive discomfort like tummy aches and diarrhea or hyperactivity?
Children may have difficulty explaining exact symptoms and may not remember exactly what they ate and how much. Trying to identify the cause of a child’s discomfort can be complicated but the intolerance and sensitivity test and help to pinpoint specific foods and food additives that should be avoided.
Some common food intolerances in children are:
- Dairy products (lactose)
- Food additives and preservatives
- Fruit juice
Food intolerance is much more common than allergies and dietary changes to avoid the offending food can help your child feel better quickly.
This panel is recommended for children 3 years of age or younger.
OTHER RELEVANT TESTS:
Parents who purchased the Food Sensitivity and Intolerance Pediatric Panel also considered the Basic Check Up and Rapid Result Screens (Strep Throat, Mononucleosis, etc.).
The test results will provide a report that graphically represents foods in groups:
Green: Indicates acceptable foods / no reaction (This is not an allergy test so allergens may be listed here.)
Yellow: Indicates a mild intolerance and these foods should be avoided if possible or be placed on a 4 day rotational diet, to decrease the food sensitivity within the body
Orange: Indicates a moderate Intolerance and these foods should be avoided for a minimum of 3-6 months
Red: Indicates a severe Intolerance and these foods should be avoided for a minimum of 6 months.
WHAT TYPE OF PHYSICIAN SHOULD I SEE?
You should see your primary care physician, allergist or a gastroenterologist.