With regard to testing children, must a child be a certain age to take the Alcat Test?

The minimum age for testing is 4-6 months for babies who are ill or symptomatic.   If the baby is thriving and does not exhibit delays in growth and development, no colic, no sleep issues, etc it would be best to wait to conduct the test after the baby is consuming solid foods.  

The blood being drawn is dependent on the weight of the baby, which influences panel selection.

Pediatric Patients

Maximum blood

Weigh LB

Ml

2.0-2.4

0.9

2.4-2.9

1.1

2.9-3.6

1.3

3.6-4.7

1.6

4.7-6.0

2.1

6.0-8.0

2.5

8-10

3.5

10-15

5.0

16-20

10

21-25

10

26-30

10

31-35

10

36-40

10

41-45

20

46-50

20

51-55

20

56-60

20

61-65

25

66-70

30

71-75

30

76-80

30

81-85

30

86-90

30

91-95

30

96-100

30

 

*Dayton Children's Hospital, Phlebotomy Manual, Volume guidelines for blood collection 
[The following guidelines were taken from Procedure for the Collection of Diagnostic Blood Specimens by Venipuncture: Approved Standard-4 th edition 6/98, NCCLS, Doc. No.:H3-A4, Vol 18 No. 7]

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