Understanding Food Protein Induced Enterocolitis Syndrome – a potentially severe sensitivity affecting infants.

Author: Dr Marie Wheeler MB ChB, MRCP, DCH

Date: FEB 2014

Many acute allergic reactions are fairly easy to spot as they show symptoms such as an urticarial (hive) rash, swollen eyes (periorbital oedema), facial oedema (swelling) and a close temporal relationship to the food ingested. There are a group of foods that tend to be the most common offenders; these include cow’s milk protein found in dairy products, and foods such as eggs, nuts, fish and seafood. Less common foods such as soya, peas and seeds, and celery can also affect infants.

Food Protein induced Enterocolitis syndrome (known as FPIES), however, is different and as a result this makes the diagnosis far more difficult. As it is much less common than the reactions described above, many families with babies or infants with this condition can often feel unsupported and lacking the right information.
Hopefully this article will go some way to providing further understanding and recognition of the condition.

Follow the link below to find out more about the characteristics of FPIES and some information on management and re-introduction of foods, using a case study to illustrate some of the points raised.

Read the rest of this article on Action Against Allergy by clicking here.

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