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NICE publishes guidance to improve diagnosis of food allergy in children

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 23 February 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d1206
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

Guidance published on 23 February recommends that GPs in England and Wales should take a careful history and arrange for appropriate testing of children who have signs of possible food allergy to ensure prompt diagnosis and effective management and to stop parents resorting to alternative allergy tests.

The evidence based guidance from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, aimed at improving NHS care for this growing problem, warns parents against using alternative or high street testing services for food allergy in children, after finding no evidence that they work. These tests include the Vega test (an electrodermal test that measures electromagnetic conductivity), kinesiology (muscle testing), and hair analysis.

NICE’s new guideline aims to provide healthcare professionals with clear recommendations on how to diagnose and assess food allergy in children, to improve the consistency in the way they approach the problem.

A member of the guideline development group, Adam Fox, a consultant in …

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