Mothers Intuition

Have you ever had an instinct? An instinct that begins as a gnawing...Then grows into a raging burn; a burning instinct that something is wrong...

Your baby continues to get sick from the very foods he is supposed to thrive on. I did. I am a mom of a little boy just diagnosed with FPIES.

And that burning feeling now? Extinguished. My instincts? Stronger than ever. Guiding me, with my faith, as we navigate through the murky waters of our new world created by something called FPIES.

"Faith is not about everything turning out OK; Faith is about being OK no matter how things turn out."

Wednesday, July 7, 2010


The next step in building a formula for our little man is adding a carbohydrate source. We will then get a good amino acid protein profile added and FINALLY move away from Neocate and it's trace corn proteins.

Those trace proteins may be causing a new problem, for the first time tonight- his diaper had blood in it. :( Many experience blood in stools with allergic reactions, we saw it at 8weeks with our oldest son when he was reacting to milk proteins. It is called allergic colitis, it isn't necessarily a component of FPIES but many kids have it also. We have not, until now.

Tonight, I'm stumped- why now? Where is it coming from and should we be worried? How worried should we be? Little man has hyperplasia in his colon and the GI that performed his scope said it is common to see mucous and blood from the sloughing off of this from food intolerances. We felt lucky that despite seeing this in his gut, little man had not experienced the colitis.

And today was going well-- we are making little man a formula he can thrive on!!! We have an awesome dietitian who will help assure that he gets all his micro and macro nutrients, calories, protein, fats, carbohydrates. I spoke with our allergist's RN today and got good compliments on how we are handling things and moving forward.

Thankfully little man isn't having any GI distress -- so I am not inclined to think this is leading to an FPIES trigger reaction but I'm certainly not encouraged by this new appearance in his evening diaper change.

We press on....more on the FPIES rollar coaster ride!

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