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, April 23, 2011
Why are his iron stores always so low? Is it his diet? From the outside looking in, it would be an easy culprit to blame; but a quick glance at all his lab data and you can see his iron stores progressively declining from 6mo.until he got TPN (IV nutrition with IV iron)- even through getting 5+mo. of elemental formula. IV iron has been the only thing to bring his levels back to where they should be. His DRI (daily recommended intakes) for his age is around 7g.- he gets around 15g/day! He is missing vital B vitamins (gets some but not all) so essentially he is a 22mo.old vegetarian. The typical recommendation for a vegetarian is to double up the protein sources to assure adequate iron intakes since non-heme (plant) sources of iron are not absorbed as readily by the body as heme (meat) sources are. So, we're doing that and still he is unable to maintain his iron.
His gut is not absorbing his iron enough- regardless if his diet is complete in it or not. But why?
"people with damaged gut flora often have particular groups of pathogenic bacteria growing in their gut, including iron-loving bacteria (Actinomyces spp., Mycobacterium spp., pathogenic strains of E.Coli, Corynebacterium spp. an...d many others). These bacteria consume whatever iron the the diet provides, leaving that person deficient in iron. Unfortunately, supplementing iron only makes these bacteria grow stronger and does not remedy anaemia. To treat anaemia, the person requires all the nutrients we have mentioned, many of which healthy gut flora supply"
I found this reference recently, while trying to read more about some information I ran across a few months ago that would explain his anemia more....have found this connection interesting.
I've also since learned that beneficial bacteria actually synthesize/produce B vitamins (which helps the body with iron).
He has continued blood in his stools, from what we are told is from a fissure (superficial, bright red), his diet is double his iron needs for his age but from plant source, his diet is low in B vitamins, and Vit.C, he has dysbiosis, and I am now really thinking the above reasoning (gut flora) is behind this anemia. We see in his blood work data from Dr.Jyonouchi that his gut dysbiosis is behind/at the root of his complexity of responses.
Stool samples are sent, probiotics are on board (trying to find the right "fit"), B vitamins are ordered and will be "trialed".....I continue to fight this fight for him. But I'm not working fast enough....
Bringing him in last week to get an IV placed for the iron to be administered was rough, emotionally and physically exhausting. He is so little, and he goes through so much.....I just can't seem to research enough, there are not enough hours in the day to get far enough ahead of his condition to know what next step to take. Someday, the doctors will know more about FPIES, someday treatment protocols will begin sooner and infants and toddlers do not need to suffer these co-factoring illnesses on top of what FPIES already is.