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."

Saturday, March 19, 2011


One fruit that Little man did enjoy before we took foods away to search for his baseline, was banana.   He never seemed to have any issues from it, so we've had that on our list of foods we'd like to try when his body is ready. 

Probiotics have been going well, but it is clear he needs a prebiotic.  Prebiotics, as mentioned before are indigestible fibers- fruits, root vegetables, fibers....all can be prebiotics.  Banana can act as a prebiotic.  I will reference one of my favorite websites about nutritional whole foods benefits: WHFoods for more information on prebiotics, nutrients, digestive qualities, latex allergy, potassium benefits, etc of banana.  

Little man's body needs banana, for prebiotic, for nutrients Vit.B6, Vit.C, manganese.  Little man needs a yummy snack.   He ate some last night - proudly saying "mine, mine, mine".  I cooked some in his Merry Muffins, which turned out even better cooked with banana than with peaches!  I think he agreed!  He gobbled one up!   I can't even begin to describe how good it feels to FEED him, to watch him fill his belly, and be so happy about it!

Now if only they will love his body as much as he loves them.....

Why do I worry about something as nourishing as a banana?  Does banana have proteins?  Every living thing has protein structures.   And every protein can induce an FPIES reaction.   Many moms in the support boards even discuss having banana added to the list of common triggers as it has been the culprit to many reactions.   We can't explain the rationale, but I did find an article recently that may provide some insights into that.  Read more on that here (Fruit Protein: Another cause of FPIES).

For now, we continue on with banana.  Little man had his 2nd nibbles of it for lunch today.

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