I suspect that if you’re born in the South it is somehow genetically implanted in your DNA to have a love of cornbread. Maybe that’s an exaggeration, but it is undeniable that Southerners are fond of cornbread! Even being born and raised in the South, I’ll admit to having “cheated” on … Continue reading →
The end of the year was so busy around here I didn’t write much. Just to keep the story-telling flow going, I figured I’d fill in the gaps for the last few weeks. When I last updated about the boys, Zac had vomited and we didn’t know why. We still … Continue reading →
Today I have something special to share: a guest post written by my Mom! I often hear food issue families lamenting the lack of support they receive from friends and extended family, so I thought it would be interesting to hear what supporting a food issue family looks and feels … Continue reading →
It’s exactly one week from Thanksgiving. While most normal people are looking forward to a three day workweek, tryptophan overload, and Black Friday sales, food allergic families are quietly (or not so quietly) panicking over the thought of The Big Feast. When you deal with food allergies and/or food intolerances, … Continue reading →
We have some good news: sweet potatos and cauliflower are still safe! Yay, Zac! They’re even still safe for me! Once again, I’m having to learn all about a new food issue…salicylates are throwing me for a loop. Remember when I ate the sweet potato and had an instant reaction? … Continue reading →
It’s Thursday. I don’t know if anyone has realized that ever since the summer ended, I’m at a loss for what to write about on Thursdays. Thursday meant another edition of the “Brown Thumb Gardener” series; now that summer has ended and I’m not doing any gardening, I’m sort of lost. Anyone … Continue reading →
My son Jed is four and a half years old. He’s bright, funny, charming, sweet, helpful, brave, and all around a very cool kid. He also has Fructose Malabsorption and Salicylate Sensitivity (among other food issues). Two Saturdays ago I made all sorts of yummy treats for him to take to a … Continue reading →
The “trick” in “trick-or-treat” can mean an entirely different thing for families with food allergies. It’s a real challenge to navigate holidays when your kiddos can’t eat traditional treats. It’s worse on Halloween, where one of the biggest parts of the holiday is for kids to run around mooching goodies … Continue reading →
Even though Zac hadn’t returned to 100% baseline, on Saturday, we started re-trialing bananas. He’d gotten increasingly picky, and I was worried about his weight. Hey, it worked for quinoa, right? So far, okay. Saturday he had a good diaper, and no acute FPIES signs. Sunday he was a tad … Continue reading →
Last year I wrote about how fall always makes me feel like cleaning the house; like it’s time for a fresh start. Usually I do feel that way each fall. Not this year, though. Instead, this year I feel like I’m falling apart. Physically, we’ve dealt with being sick for … Continue reading →
FPIES stands for Food Protein Induced Enterocolitis Syndrome. It is a rare food allergy that affects the gastrointestinal system. Reactions are delayed onset, usually 2-4 hours after a trigger food is eaten, but sometimes even longer than that.
Children with FPIES have symptoms that range from severe (violent vomiting to bile and hypovolemic shock) to mild (bloody diarrhea, sleep disturbances).
There is no test for FPIES. It is diagnosed by clinical observation and ruling out other possibilities.
There also are no tests to determine trigger foods. FPIES parents must simply feed their child a food, then wait to see if they react.
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