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.