Food protein-induced enterocolitis syndrome (FPIES) is a food-related allergic reaction within the digestive tract.
FPIES is usually a non-immunoglobulin E (non-IgE) mediated immune reaction; meaning that IgE antibodies are not involved here. So, while cow milk and soy are the most common triggers, the allergic response can also happen due to other foods, including some considered as non-allergenic.
The symptoms of FPIES usually arise when infants start consuming formula or solid food. Any type of foods – even those considered neutral such as rice or fruit – can trigger symptoms in some people with FPIES, including diarrhea and vomiting, which can lead to dehydration. Symptoms generally occur about two hours after a food allergen is consumed.
FPIES commonly begins in infancy, and can last several years before children outgrow it, usually around the age of 3 depending on the severity of the symptoms. Consulting a doctor is necessary to confirm that the child has outgrown the condition.
FPIES is still under research; it is currently unknown how many people are affected by the condition in Canada.
Neocate® is a family of hypoallergenic, amino acid-based specialized formulas for use under medical supervision and is indicated for cow milk allergy, multiple food allergies and related GI and allergic conditions. Talk to your healthcare provider about product recommendations.
Neocate Nutra is suitable for use in children and infants older than 6 months of age (not suitable as sole source of nutrition). Neocate Nutra is not intended for bottle or tube feeding.
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Within days of his birth, Roland showed signs of dairy protein intolerance. He wasn’t able to nurse and was tube-fed his mom’s pumped breast milk. His mom eliminated dairy, then soy, and eventually all allergens from her diet, but his condition worsened over time. He was eventually diagnosed with FPIES. Neocate, an amino acid-based formula, recommended by his HCP helped to manage his FPIES symptoms, and Roland became a smiling, easy to care for baby.**
*A patient’s story from the US
**Individual results may vary.
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