Are you struggling to understand the in’s and outs of food allergies for yourself or your kiddo? If you are wanting more individualized support you can book with one of our dietitians. Read along for an in-depth explanation of IgE mediated allergies, the common allergens associated with this, food labelling info and tips, and the new recommendations for introducing common allergens for infants!
What is an IgE Mediated Food Allergy?
IgE mediated food allergies are a specific immune reaction to food proteins that results in the production of the antibody immunoglobulin E (also known as IgE) being produced. This creates a series of reactions and symptoms which can all trigger an anaphylactic response - which is a dangerous whole body allergic reaction.
IgE Mediated Symptoms may include the following:
What are the symptoms?
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There have been identified foods that are commonly associated with these reactions also known as the priority food allergens. Priority food allergens are foods that are associated with 90% of allergic reactions in Canada.
What is FPIES?
FPIES stands for Food Protein Induced Enterocolitis Syndrome. FPIES is a rare non-IgE mediated food allergy and the symptoms are different than other IgE food allergies. An FPIES diagnosis can be extremely overwhelming, confusing, frustrating and taxing. It is important to know you are NOT alone! You need a good team of professionals to help you through the next year or more of your little one’s life to ensure they are healthy and well supported. If you’re looking for more individualized support for your child click here to book an appointment with our paediatric dietitian.
FPIES symptoms are often misdiagnosed as acid reflux, gas, food poisoning or the stomach flu. Common symptoms can include: repetitive vomiting (severe/projectile), repetitive diarrhea, blood pressure changes, dehydration, lethargy, and extreme paleness which many parents call shock syndrome. Often infants and children struggle to meet weight and height goals while dropping percentiles until a non-reactive baseline diet is found.
One common risk factor for FPIES is a family history of allergies. 40-80% of children with FPIES have a family history of allergies, which may be food allergies, environmental allergies, hay fever, and/or eczema.