Have you heard of FPIES?

Unfortunately it’s not a culinary delight, but rather a once rare disorder with its roots in allergy and immunology. FPIES, Food Protein Induced Enterocolitios Syndrome, presents generally in the first year of life with a delayed but violent vomiting response to a typically non-allergenic food; namely sweet potatoes, chicken and rice to name a few – foods typically introduced first to infants. Dairy and soy can also be FPIES offenders, but in the case of this type of allergic response, hives and wheezing are not present. Even more interesting, the onset of vomiting is typically several hours after ingestion, rather than within minutes. A typical allergic response is noted to be IgE (immunoglobulin) mediated – or resulting from an overwhelming number of antibodies primed against a specific food protein. FPIES is not mediated by antibodies but rather immune system protector cells, and thus cannot be screened for by skin prick testing or serum testing…

Woof!

Want to hear something funny – one of the top three words a new baby says is “dog” or that child’s specific family dog’s name. It’s right up there with “uh-oh, dada, mama and no”! And why is that – because often dogs are licking baby’s face, enthusiastically finishing off the “yucky” food toddlers toss to the ground, making strange sounds, running around wildly, and of course, just being ever present. And how does the family pet’s presence affect a newborn, toddler or child?

There was a time when people believed that being exposed to a pet would increase a child’s risk of pet allergies. Conventional wisdom in the recent past was if allergies of any kind ran in your family, it was best to raise your children in a pet-free home. However, this approach couldn’t be further from the truth… Children raised around furry creatures, whether it be a dog, cat, sheep or horse are less likely to suffer allergies, eczema and asth…