Have any of you had to deal with Food Protein Induced Enterocolitis Syndrome (FPIES)?

Tammy - posted on 11/18/2008 ( 4 moms have responded )

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I have a 6 month old and when I started him on Gerber rice cereal he throws up about 1 1/2 to 2 hours after feeding. He continues to throw up until stomach is empty and all that is left is bile. It take as long as two hours for vomiting to stop. I was told to try oatmeal instead but the same thing is happening. I have a referral to the allergist to see if that is where the problem lies. After looking some things up on line I came accross FPIES and wonder if this is what he is dealing with. Do any of you have a child with this problem or know someone who does?

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Danielle - posted on 08/22/2013

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I know this is incredibly old, but my 1-year-old has an FPIES reaction to rice as well. We have talked to his pediatrician and the plan is not to retry it until he's at least 3 years old with the hope that he will outgrow it. Did your son outgrow his FPIES?

Anna - posted on 11/18/2008

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my pedi and my husband (who is a chiropractor) say that 6 months is too early to start wheat products for your baby, and to only introduce root veggies (like squash and sweet potatoe) and fruits (pears, avacado) for the first year. And to introduce them very slowly. One tablespoon or so maybe once a day until 9 months. Alot of times babies get diagnosed with allergies early on becasue of their intolerance to wheat products ie cereal, when really it is that their gut isn't ready for the challenge of breaking this kind of gluten down. Maybe cut it totally out of his diet for a week or two and than introduce one of the above mentioned items very slowly. my daughter is 6 months as well and we started her on avocado first, she did really well and so far tolerates it fine! Good luck!

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I have never heard of FPIES but my daughter went through the same thing. I tried rice, barley and oatmeal all organic and she got sick every time. I tried making my own rice cereal by grinding up fortified rice and cooking it with breastmilk and she was just fine. I know it doesn't have all the iron in it but we were not willing to put her through the getting sick anymore. I made sure to feed her lots of high iron foods like sweet potato, avocado and broccoli and when we tried the rice cereal again at about 7 1/2 months and she was just fine. I think her digestive system was to immature to digest all the fortifications that they put in that stuff.

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